Daniel Enrique Ibarra

Miller Research Fellow and President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley

I am a geochemist and climate scientist working on the water and carbon cycles in terrestrial environments. My work includes studying the response of past and present terrestrial landscapes to changes in climate using modeling approaches, geochemical measurements, and field observations. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the role that Earth's continents play in modulating habitable surface conditions over geologic time.


I am a postdoc at UC Berkeley in Earth and Planetary Sciences supported by a Miller Institute Research Fellowship and President's Postdoctoral Fellowship. Previously, I was a postdoc in Geological Sciences at Stanford University, and received my Ph.D. (Earth System Science), M.S. (Geological & Environmental Sciences) and B.S. (Civil & Environmental Engineering (Atmosphere/Energy) and Geological & Environmental Sciences) degrees from Stanford University.


Starting January 2021 I will be an Assistant Professor at Brown University appointed in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society. I will be seeking motivated graduate students – if you are interested please get in touch!

Contact Information

daniel_ibarra [at] brown.edu

dibarra [at] berkeley.edu

Research Interests

Investigating the influence of plants, geology and climate on nutrient and chemical fluxes in freshwater systems, including quantifying patterns of covariation between solutes and hydrology.

Developing new modeling frameworks for investigating the response of terminal watersheds and lake systems to climatic forcings.

Documenting past changes in climate using terrestrial geologic records as indicators of hydroclimate change to test the robustness of climate model simulations used for future projections.

Advancing new analytical geochemical techniques to infer how the atmosphere, water cycle and land surface reflect ongoing and past changes in climate.

Presenting at the National Institute of Geological Sciences, UP Diliman

Setting up the silicate laser fluorination line at Stanford University