Sophie Ruehr

Sophie is a Ph.D student within UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, where she studies climate science in the Keenan lab. Sophie is interested in water and carbon cycling at local, regional and global scales. She uses remote sensing and eddy co-variance data to resolve land-atmosphere dynamics resulting from groundwater use and climate change. Having worked as a reporter and oral historian, she is also interested in human perceptions of environmental change, especially when these differ from scientific findings. 

Sophie has lived in and written about Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Vanuatu, a Pacific island nation where she collected oral histories about climate change during a year-long research fellowship from Yale University. She has also worked as a reporter, writing for local and national news organizations on topics such as seal population booms, gypsy moth invasions, water pollution, tenant farmers and illicit mushroom foragers. Her work has appeared in the Provincetown Banner, Provincetown Independent and InsideClimate News.

Sophie graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Geology & Geophysics and writes songs for jazz guitar.