Lead Project PIs

  • Michael Bender

    Michael Bender

    Professor of Geosciences, Emeritus. Senior Geoscientist. Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Geosciences.

     CMI Science
     M48 Guyot Hall

    Biogeochemistry and paleoclimate. Measurement of concentration and isotopic composition of O2 in air on various timescales, characterization of the fertility of ecosystems.

  • Ian Bourg

    Ian Bourg

    Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Science
     E208 Engineering Quad

    Properties of interfacial water in porous media, particularly clay-rich soils, sediments, and sedimentary rocks; interactions between organic compounds (soil organic matter, organic contaminants) and clay minerals; impacts of clay minerals and aqueous chemistry on the permeability and mechanics of soils and sedimentary rocks.

  • Michael Celia

    Michael Celia

    Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

     CMI Technology
     E205 Engineering Quad

    Ground-water hydrology, contaminant transport simulation, and multi-phase flow in porous media. Current applications include modeling and analysis of geological storage of carbon dioxide.

  • Larry W. Horowitz

    Larry W. Horowitz

    Physical Scientist at GFDL/NOAA

     CMI Science
     201 Forrestal Road

    Atmospheric chemistry and climate; development and application of Earth System Models to study atmospheric composition, air quality, climate, and biogeochemical cycles; coupling of atmospheric chemistry to climate and ecosystems. 
    I am a Physical Scientist and leader of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Group at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and a Lecturer in the Department of Geosciences and the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

  • François Morel

    François Morel

    Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor, Geosciences, and Princeton Environmental Institute.

     CMI Science
     153 Guyot Hall

    Interactions between chemical and biological processes in the oceans, from the molecular to the global scale, with particular emphasis on trace elements and primary production.

  • Vaishali Naik

    Vaishali Naik

    Physical Scientist at GFDL/NOAA

     CMI Science
     Room 259, 201 Forrestal Rd

    I am a Physical Scientist in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Group at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. My research interests are: Understanding the connections between atmospheric composition and climate through the development and application of global earth system models.

  • Stephen W. Pacala

    Stephen W. Pacala

    Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Co-Director, CMI

     CMI Integration, CMI Science
     103A Eno Hall

    Interaction among the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere at global scales, with an emphasis on the carbon cycle.

  • Amilcare Porporato

    Amilcare Porporato

    Thomas J. Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute

    Princeton Environmental Institute
     CMI Science
     Guyot Hall, Room 25A

    Ecohydrology; Analysis of hydrologic time series; Stochastic soil moisture dynamics and water balance; Soil-atmosphere interaction; Environmental fluid mechanics; Complexity in the environment; Sustainable use of soil and water resources; Nonequilibrium thermodynamics 

  • Jorge Sarmiento

    Jorge Sarmiento

    Professor of Geosciences, Director, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Director of CICSbetween Princeton University and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

     CMI Science
     306A Forrestal Campus

    Oceanic cycles of climatically important chemicals such as carbon dioxide, and use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation.

  • Elena Shevliakova

    Elena Shevliakova

    Senior Climate Modeler, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

     CMI Science
     M26 Guyot Hall

    Modeling biosphere-atmosphere interactions and applications of such models to the issues of global environmental change.

  • Robert Socolow

    Robert Socolow

    Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringEnergy Group, Co-Director, CMI

     CMI Integration, CMI Technology
     139 Guyot Hall

    Global energy system responsive to global and local environmental and security constraints. Carbon dioxide capture from fossil fuels and storage in geological formations, nuclear power, energy efficiency in buildings, and the acceleration of deployment of advanced technologies in developing countries.

  • Daniel Steingart

    Daniel Steingart

    Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

     CMI Technology
     213 Andlinger

    Energy storage; metallurgical process efficiency; low cost long cycle life batteries; discrete power electronics; printed, flexible, stretchable batteries; in situ electrochemistry; power - energy control circuits and hybrid design.

  • Howard A. Stone

    Howard A. Stone

    Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

     CMI Science, CMI Technology
     D326 Engineering

    Fluid mechanics and soft condensed matter physics, widely applied to problems in engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology. Current research interests include flow in porous media, the influence of flow on bacteria and biofilms, the influence of surfactants on the dissolution of CO2 bubbles in water, and problems coupling flow and elasticity of soft substrates, including laboratory models of hydraulic fracture.

  • Gabriel Vecchi

    Gabriel Vecchi

    Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute

     CMI Science
     361 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

    Climate dynamics and ocean/atmosphere interaction. Impact of climate change and variability on hydroclimate and extreme events. Predictability and prediction of climate and its regional impacts.

  • Xinning Zhang

    Xinning Zhang

    Assistant Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute

     CMI Science
     152 Guyot Hall

    Xinning Zhang’s research focuses on microbial physiology and ecology, biogeochemical cycling, co-evolution of life and the geochemical environment, cellular metabolism and stable isotope records, molecular to global scale, trace elements and microbial metabolism, symbiosis.