Nick Santos is a programmer, GIS specialist, 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. 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 was a Roosevelt Institute: Pipeline Fellow for climate change. 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.

Elsewhere on the web


UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Environmental Consumer

UC Davis Extension (Instructor)

Coursera (Instructor)

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)

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