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Lionel Arteaga Lionel Arteaga
Postdoctoral Research Associate, AOS

Carbon Science Group
laaq@princeton.edu

My research focuses on the interaction of marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles in the Southern Ocean. I use bio-optical and chemical data from autonomous floats in combination with satellite and biogeochemical models in order to understand the processes driving the uptake and export of carbon in the Southern Ocean.

Oliver Baars Oliver Baars
Postdoctoral Research Associate, GEO

Carbon Science Group
obaars@princeton.edu

Interactions of key biological trace metals with biota to understand their influence on the cycle of the major bio-elements and also in the context of changing environmental conditions; Currently investigating how oceanic phytoplankton acquire sufficient amounts of the potentially growth-limiting trace metal zinc under the influence of naturally-occurring organic ligands. Chemical characterization of different zinc species in the bulk medium conducted in conjunction with biological uptake experiments.

Karl W. Bandilla Karl W. Bandilla
Associate Professional Specialist, CEE

Technology Group
bandilla@princeton.edu

Current research involves numerical modeling of the movement of CO2 and brine in storage formations. Specifically working on dynamic pressure reconstruction and active pressure management using brine production wells.

Monika Barcikowska Monika Barcikowska
Postdoctoral Research Associate, PEI

Carbon Science Group
monikab@princeton.edu

Monika's research interests are: climate change and variability; detection and attribution of extreme events; climate signal decomposition methods.

Lichao Cai Lichao Cai
Graduate Student, CBE

Technology Group
lichaoc@princeton.edu

Lichao Cai received his undergraduate degree in B.S. Chemistry from Peking University (2010). Cai is co-advised by Pablo Debenedetti and Brian Pethica and he has been doing experiments on the kinetics of clathrate hydrate formation, with an eye towards using clathrate hydrate formation as a means of desalination of seawater; he started with an empty lab, planned and built a facility to do the kinetic experiments and brought it to a state where we now have lots of "real data."

Cleo Chou Cleo Chou
Postdoctoral Research Associate, PEI

Carbon Science Group
cleochou@princeton.edu

Cleo is interested in forest dynamics, nutrient and carbon cycles, tropical forest ecology, and the role of biodiversity, species traits, and ecological competition in these topics. She is working with the Earth System Model at NOAA GFDL to understand nutrient limitation of the terrestrial carbon sink, with a focus on tropical forests.

Carolina Dufour Carolina Dufour
Postdoctoral Research Associate, AOS

Carbon Science Group
cdufour@princeton.edu

My research focuses on the Southern Ocean circulation and carbon cycle, with a particular interest on how physical and biogeochemical processes drive their responses to climate changes. To this purpose, I use physical-biogeochemical ocean models either forced or coupled with the atmosphere at eddying resolutions. I investigated the response of natural air-sea CO2 fluxes to the current positive trend in the Southern Annular Mode, with a particular focus on the role of mesoscale eddies and other physical and biogeochemical processes.

Ryan Edwards Ryan Edwards
Graduate Student, CEE

Technology Group
rwje@princeton.edu

Ryan's research is investigating the potential impacts of shale gas development on water resources, in particular groundwater aquifers, and potential storage sites for carbon dioxide. Ryan completed a B.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and B.Sc. majoring in Geology at the University of Adelaide. Prior to his studies at Princeton he worked for RPS Aquaterra, a specialist water engineering, hydrogeology and groundwater modeling consulting firm in Australia.

Stuart Evans Stuart Evans
Postdoctoral Research Associate, PEI

Carbon Science Group
smevans@princeton.edu

I am using GCMs and observations to study atmospheric dust, hydroclimate, and the potential for drought from their interaction. Previously, my Ph.D. research focused on the use of a clustering algorithm to both evaluate GCM cloud occurrence and study the variability of the Australian monsoon.

Paul Gauthier Paul Gauthier
Postdoctoral Research Associate, GEO

Carbon Science Group
ppg@princeton.edu
Paul joined Prof. Michael Bender’s research team in December 2012 to apply oxygen isotopes to measure respiration in the light in leaves. After receiving a PhD from Paris Sud University, France, in 2010, he moved to the Australian National University, Australia to investigate the impact of drought on plants carbon balance with a high focus on respiration.

Alison Gray Alison Gray
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AOS

Carbon Science Group
argray@rinceton.edu

My general research interests include large-scale ocean circulation and dynamics, the ocean's role in climate, and interactions between physical processes and global biogeochemical cycles. My Ph.D. research focuses on using observations from the Argo array of profiling floats to address questions regarding global large-scale circulation. As part of this work I have developed Absolute Geostrophic Velocities from Argo, a gridded velocity data set available for download.

Marjolein van Huijgevoort Marjolein van Huijgevoort
Postdoctoral Research Associate, AOS

Policy & Integration Group
mhjvh@princeton.edu

I am studying the interaction between water management and the global water cycle within the framework of the global land model developed at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). I am specifically interested in the human influence on water scarcity and drought both in the past and future.

Robert Key Robert Key
Research Oceanographer, AOS

Carbon Science Group
key@princeton.edu

Global scale oceanographic issues related to climate change: assembling fully-calibrated high-quality data sets that could be used to address global biogeochemical issues and using radiocarbon to study oceanographic ventilation, meridional overturning circulation, and air-sea gas exchange.

Yao Lai Yao Lai
Graduate Student, MAE

Technology Group
chingyao@princeton.edu

Yao’s research focuses on the experimental modeling of hydraulic fracturing. She investigates the process of fracturing fluid flowing back to the surface from the underground fractures once the injection pressure is removed and the fracturing fluid permanently trapped underground due to the rock heterogeneity. Recently Yao has been working on a new technique in which foam is injected as a fracturing fluid to reduce the water use and the damage to water-sensitive reservoirs in hydraulic fracturing.

Ying Liu Ying Liu
Graduate Student, MAE

Technology Group
yl6@princeton.edu

Ying’s research interests lie in CO2 sequestration and energy-saving materials. Her current projects involve the capillary effects on the CO2 flow in porous media and the longevity of liquid-infused surfaces for drag reduction purposes.

Sergey Malyshev Sergey Malyshev
Postdoctoral Research Associate, EEB

Carbon Science Group
malyshev@princeton.edu

Surface-atmosphere interaction and its consequences for the Earth's climate; long-term climate variations and connections with long-term variations of surface properties.

Hans Meerman Hans Meerman
Postdoctoral Research Associate, PEI

Low-Carbon Energy Group
jmeerman@princeton.edu

Current research looks at energy facilities converting ligno-cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels and electricity. These facilities are analyzed using process modelling. Based on that analysis, the role of these facilities in creating a sustainable low-carbon energy infrastructure is investigated. Technologies analyzed include gasification, pyrolysis, FT-synthesis and carbon capture and storage.

Anne Morel-Kraepiel Anne Morel-Kraepiel
Research Scholar, Chemistry

Carbon Science Group
kraepiel@princeton.edu

Investigations at the molecular level how metals, as essential part of metalloenzymes, catalyze key processes in biogeochemical cycles, how they are acquired by organisms, and how they are themselves cycled in the environment; effect of metal (Fe, Mo, V) availability on nitrogen inputs to ecosystems through nitrogen fixation.

Yiheng Tao Yiheng Tao
Graduate Student, EEB

Technology Group
yihengt@princeton.edu

Yiheng’s research interests lie in the fields of climate change mitigation, renewable energy, and environmental fluid mechanics. Currently, Yiheng focuses on geologic carbon sequestration and is developing vertically integrated models for CO2 migration in fractured rocks. The results can be used to more accurately assess the feasibility of storing large amount of carbon dioxide in geological formations. Yiheng has Bachelor’s degrees in CEE and Economics from University of California, Berkeley.

Bhargav Rallabandi Bhargav Rallabandi
Postdoctoral Research Associate, MAE

Technology Group
vbr@princeton.edu

My research focuses on the mechanics of sea ice and its role in climate and ecology. My approach is to develop reduced-order theoretical models that isolate the fundamental physical phenomena at play. I am currently interested in ice bridge formation in straits, which shares several similarities with the flow of dense granular media and yield stress fluids. I also enjoy thinking more generally about the role of fluid flow and elasticity in industrial, geophysical and biological systems.

Keith Rodgers Keith Rodgers
Associate Research Scholar, AOS

Carbon Science Group
krodgers@princeton.edu

Using models to identify and understand dynamical controls on seasonal interannual to decadal variability in the carbon cycle.

Sarah Ann Schlunegger Sarah Ann Schlunegger
Graduate Student, AOS

Carbon Science Group
sas452@cornell.edu

Research Focus: Using climate models and observations to understand how anthropogenic climate change will interact with the oceans ability to uptake atmospheric carbon over the coming decades to centuries.

Suin Shim Suin Shim
Graduate Student, MAE

Technology Group
sshim@princeton.edu

I am interested in various interfacial flow problems and their applications. My research includes microfluidic studies on the effect of surfactants on CO2 bubble dissolution, migration of particles driven by CO2 dissolution in water, coalescence of liquid drops, and building an evaporative cooling wall using thin film evaporation of water.

Benjamin Sulman Benjamin Sulman
Associate Research Scholar, GEO

Policy & Integration Group
bsulman@princeton.edu

I am developing new biogeochemical processes in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) global land model in order to investigate how microbial dynamics, plant-soil interactions, and nitrogen availability affect ecosystem productivity and carbon storage. I also use eddy covariance and other measurements to study ecosystem responses to drought and other climatic perturbations.

Anna Trugman Anna Trugman
Graduate Student, AOS

Carbon Science Group
att@princeton.edu

Interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere; impacts of climate on seasonal and long term carbon dynamics in high latitude forests; forest recovery from disturbance; forest seasonality.

Marco D. Visser Marco D. Visser
Postdoctoral Research Associate, PEI

Carbon Science Group
mvisser@princeton.edu

My interests lie at the intersection of empirical and theoretical ecology: confronting theory with empirical data. Generally, my work has one overarching theme: linking ecological patterns across spatio-temporal scales, and levels of biological organization (e.g. trophic level or life-stage). Research topics include disentangling the major demographic processes that structure tropical communities; evolution of reproductive strategies; and advancing computational, mathematical and statistical methodology in ecology and biology.

Yingxian (Estella) Yu Yingxian (Estella) Yu
Graduate Student, MAE

Technology Group
yingxian@princeton.edu

Estella's research interests include gravity current in porous medium with both substrate and edge leakage, which is closely related to CO2 underground storage. She is also interested in projects related to bubble movement in colloidal suspensions, where she studies the process of particles accumulation and particle sorting on the interface.

 
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