Joey Nelson, PhD

Joey Nelson, PhD

Undergraduate Advising Director

PhD, Stanford University, Geological and Environmental Sciences (2017)
BS, University of Virginia, Environmental Sciences and Mathematics (2011)


Joey Nelson is an Undergraduate Advising Director at Stanford University. He advises students on academic planning, exploring interests, identifying goals, choosing majors, assessing academic progress, connecting with faculty, enhancing study habits and other academic skills, finding opportunities for research and service, applying for grants and fellowships, navigating university requirements and policies, and other aspects of students' academic endeavors. Along with advising undergraduates in their academic pursuits, he teaches students to think critically through interdisciplinary courses and seminars.

His research broadly examines how reactions between aqueous solutions and Earth materials alter the environment around us and beneath our feet. More specifically, his hydro-geo-chemical research projects have focused on how mineral-fluid reactions, nanoscale confinement, and surface disorder govern transition metal adsorption, isotopic fractionation, redox reactions, and release and storage of natural and anthropogenic contaminants. This work is informed by his prior geologic field work and chemical modeling experience.

Prior to joining Academic Advising, Joey was a post-doctoral teaching and research fellow in the Thinking Matters Program of Stanford Introductory Studies from 2017-2019. He completed his undergraduate with honors of highest distinction at the University of Virginia with majors in Environmental Sciences and Mathematics in 2011. He received a PhD in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 2017, where he was a Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellow and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. Joey also served as president of the Stanford Chapter of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM@Stanford), collaborates on the Queer in STEM research project, and is passionate about helping create welcoming spaces for a diversity of identities.