Nick Santos is a programmer, GIS specialist, instructor, web developer, environmentalist, and non-profit administrator. Nick works at the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis, where he develops GIS-based software and databases to help analyze and understand environmental impacts and indicators. Nick also teaches GIS and is the instructor for Coursera's 5 course specialization in GIS and supports the University of Oregon's McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory in Antarctica. He was the founder and Executive Director of Environmental Consumer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that develops actionable information and resources for consumers looking to take the next step to reduce their impact. He has held fellowships for research with the John Muir Institute, science communication with COMPASS, and climate change action with Roosevelt Institute: Pipeline. In the past he has worked with the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), as a Policy Fellow at climate campaign 1Sky (now merged with 350.org), and as an member of the Regional Climate Change Program at the Sierra Nevada Alliance.

Nick Santos

Research Interests

  • Automated extraction and processing of geographically-based parameters for use in applications and research.
  • Data models, databases, and applications for environmental decision support.
  • Remote sensing, collection, and transmission networks for environmental monitoring.
  • Information systems for changing consumer behavior.

My C.V. can be found here

Elsewhere on the web


UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education (Instructor)

Coursera (Instructor)

Formerly: Environmental Consumer

Formerly: Applied Technology and Sciences (ATS)

Formerly: Sierra Nevada Alliance

Formerly: 1Sky (now part of 350.org)

Formerly: UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)

Odds and Ends

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