Rodrigo Vargas is an Associate Professor at the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware. He completed his PhD at the University of California-Riverside and a postdoc at the University of California-Berkeley. His research interests focus on how biophysical factors regulate greenhouse gas dynamics in terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. He studies soil-plant-atmosphere interactions to understand and quantify the response of ecosystems to management, extreme events, and global environmental change. His research spans from data mining and applying machine learning approaches, to remote sensing and micrometeorological measurements of greenhouse gas fluxes at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Vargas has published over 140 peer-reviewed publications and has received funding from NSF, NASA, USDA, DARPA and several state and international organizations. Rodrigo’s research was recently featured in The Hill and Delaware Public Media.