Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, Merced
Samuel Traina is the Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Merced. He received a B.S. in Soil Resource
Management and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He extended his education and training through a postdoctoral
study at the University of California, Riverside.
The National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have funded Dr. Traina's work in
environmental chemistry. This work has focused on the fate and transport of contaminants in natural environments with an emphasis on surface-
chemical reactions in soils and sediments. Particular effort has been placed on the use of noninvasive spectroscopy (i.e. synchrotron-based
x-ray absorption spectroscopy and aqueous vibrational spectroscopy) to elucidate the surface speciation of contaminants on natural nano-particles.
His current research is examining the isotopic composition and surface chemical properties of black carbon particles produced during the combustion
of biomass and fossil fuels. He is presently a member of the Earth Resources Committee, a standing committee of the National Research Council and
holds the Ted and Jan Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences and Geology at UC Merced.
Professor Traina served as the Founding Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. Prior to that he was at Ohio State
University where he served as a faculty member from 1985-2002. During that period he was Chair of the Environmental Science Graduate Program
and Co-Director and Co-PI of an NSF-funded Environmental Molecular Science Institute.