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Research Staff & Students

Talal T. Al-Housseiny
Graduate Student, CBE

Fluids & Energy Group
talal@princeton.edu

Investigation of technical challenges at the intersection of fluid mechanics and energy research; the study of interfacial instabilities that occur in fluid-fluid displacements in porous media: applications to Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Sequestration; the integration of Microbial Fuel Cells in microfluidic devices.

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.

Andrew Babbin Andrew Babbin
Graduate Student, AOS

Carbon Science Group
babbin@princeton.edu

Biogeochemical modeling in the ocean; interaction of microorganisms with their environment, and the consequences they have on the nitrogen and carbon cycles; how climate change will affect these elemental cycles in the future.

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

Fluids & Energy 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.

Sarah Batterman Sarah Batterman
Graduate Student, EEB, Carbon Science Group
Biogeochemical cycles; nutrient limitation on plant growth and carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems; scaling from individual plants to ecosystems; symbiotic di-nitrogen fixation.

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

Fluids & Energy 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."

Brendan Carter Brendan Carter
Postdoctoral Research Associate, AOS

Carbon Science Group
brcarter@Princeton.edu

I am currently working to combine the inverse and forward modeling approaches. The forward modeling method suffers from uncertainty in the assumptions inherent to the model. The inverse method typically suffers from a lack of measurement constraints to fully resolve the time-history of a parcel of measured water. I intend to incorporate the high-uncertainty estimates of processes obtained with forward models into inverse models that would otherwise be under-constrained. I am beginning this effort by reexamining calcium carbonate cycling using alkalinity distributions and ocean mixing parameterizations from ocean circulation models.

John Cannarella John Cannarella
Graduate Student, MAE

Low-Carbon Energy Group
jcannare@princeton.edu

Development of economical clean energy technologies; methods of improving the cycle life of lithium-ion batteries for more cost-effective energy storage.

Anping Chen Anping Chen
Postdoctoral Research Associate, EEB

Carbon Science Group
anpingc@princeton.edu

The global carbon cycle and climate change; understanding the impact of human activity to global carbon balance, vegetation dynamics; modelling biodiversity and biogeography.

Cleo Chou Cleo Chou
Graduate Student, EEB

Carbon Science Group
cleochou@princeton.edu

Cleo is interested in forest dynamics, nutrient and carbon cycles, tropical forest ecology, and the role of biodiversity and species traits in these topics. She is incorporating competition for light and functional traits into studies of tropical rainforest nutrient limitation.

Gregory de Souza Gregory de Souza
Postdoctoral Research Associate, AOS

Carbon Science Group
gfds@princeton.edu

Large-scale ocean biogeochemistry based on nutrient stable isotope systems. As an isotope geochemist with a strong interest in global-scale ocean biogeochemistry, I use stable isotope tracers to study this interaction, in research that is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with support from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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.

Raymond J. Dybzinski Raymond J. Dybzinski
Postdoctoral Research Associate, EEB

Carbon Science Group
rdybzins@princeton.edu

The mechanisms of plant species coexistence and plant community structure; the effects of resource dynamics, recruitment, and natural enemies on community dynamics; human impacts on ecological and biogeochemical systems.

Ryan Edwards Ryan Edwards
Graduate Student, CEE

Fluids & Energy 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.

Caroline E. Farrior Caroline E. Farrior
Postdoctoral Research Associate, EEB

Carbon Science Group
cfarrior@princeton.edu

Understanding the role of plant communities in the land carbon sink.

Romain Fardel Romain Fardel
Postdoctoral Research Associate, MAE

Low-Carbon Energy Group
rfardel@princeton.edu

Energy storage systems, processing of energy storage materials, nanostructuring of materials.

Jie Feng Jie Feng
Graduate Student, MAE

Fluids & Energy Group
jiefeng@princeton.edu

Experimental studies and theoretical modeling for dispersal of nano-droplets at a triple interface by bubble bursting and its application to produce nano-emulsion and nano-particles with low energy input. Characterization of the near-surface flow on slippery liquid-infused porous surface.

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.

Gennady Gor Gennady Gor
Postdoctoral Research Associate, CEE

Fluids & Energy Group
ggor@princeton.edu
Simulations of carbon dioxide leakage conditions from deep saline aquifers: coupling thermodynamics of CO2-brine mixtures, transport in porous media and geomechanics.

Bo Guo Bo Guo
Graduate Student, CEE

Fluids & Energy Group
boguo@princeton.edu

Bo earned his Bachelor degree of Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2011. His research interests lie in multi-scale models for CO2 storage. Currently, he is developing a vertically-integrated model which accounts for vertical dynamics. This type of model will provide an intermediate choice in model complexity between full three-dimensional models and vertical-equilibrium two-dimensional models.

Amir Haji-Akbari Amir Haji-Akbari
Postdoctoral Research Associate, CBE

Carbon Science Group
hajakbar@Princeton.edu

Works on the nucleation of ice and hydrates and dynamical heterogeneities in thin films of hyrdrocarbons.

Naima Hammoud Naima Hammoud
PhD Candidate, PACM

Fluids & Energy Group
nhammoud@princeton.edu

Naima received her BS and MS from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She joined the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University in 2010. Currently she works on problems in the area of Fluid Dynamics. Her interest in finance is more of a curiosity to learn about the dynamics of one of the most complex systems out there. She is mostly interested in the derivatives market, and keeps up-to-date on what is happening in options trading.

Phillip Hannam Phillip M. Hannam
Graduate Student,
WWS STEP

Policy & Integration Group
phannam@princeton.edu

Renewable energy in developing countries; international financing of renewable energy; flexible mechanisms; climate change burden sharing; China-Africa energy investment.

Xinwo Huang Xinwo Huang
Graduate Student, CEE

Fluids & Energy Group
xinwoh@princeton.edu

Xinwo has a general interest in energy and environmental studies. His current research interest lies in multi-phase flow in porous media and large-scale numerical modeling, with application to geological carbon sequestration. The ongoing research project takes the Basal Aquifer of Canada as the test case, in order to determine the ability of different models varying in complexity to predict the impact of carbon dioxide injection. With the planned injection sites and rates, and the real petro-physical parameters and geometries of the Basal Aquifer, he compares a cascade of models ranging from single-phase semi-analytic solutions to multi-phase numerical simulators.

Bror Jonsson Bror Jonsson
Postdoctoral Research Associate, GEO

Carbon Science Group
bjonsson@princeton.edu

Biological production in the Southern Ocean. Comparisons of biogeochemical models and observations. Remote sensing of ocean productivity. measurements of NCP using O2/Ar. Coastal dynamics. Lagrangian particle tracking as a method to explore General circulation models.

Mary Kang Mary Kang
Graduate Student, CEE

Fluids & Energy Group
marykang@princeton.edu

Carbon capture and storage options and related policy areas.

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.

Kim Hyoungsoo Hyoungsoo Kim
Postdoctoral Research Associate, MAE

Fluids & Energy Group
hskim@princeton.edu

I am specialized in a three-dimensional velocimetry for microfluidics flow. I hold special interests in understanding hydrodynamics instabilities (thin film instability) and microfluidics applications (electrokinetic flow). I am very open to cooperate with other topics, e.g. biology (thin-film flow in vivo or the flow field surrounding a living organism). However, to study fundamental problems in fluid dynamics is still at the core of my research.

Ja-Myung Kim Ja-Myung Kim
Postdoctoral Research Associate, GEO

Carbon Science Group
jamyung@princeton.edu

My research focuses on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine phytoplankton. During my Ph.D. (at POSTECH in South Korea), a main research topic was to investigate the CO2-induced changes in growth rate of natural phytoplankton assemblages and organic carbon production. As a postdoc in Morel’s group, I am interested in the bioavailability of iron (Fe), an essential cofactor of enzymes utilized in photosynthesis and respiration in phytoplankton, under acidified ocean conditions. The bioavailability of Fe depends on its binding to organic compounds and the rate of dissolution of Fe minerals. My aim is to understand how these processes are affected by acidification and the resulting change in the bioavailability of Fe to phytoplankton.

Sven Kranz Sven Kranz
Postdoctoral Research Associate, GEO

Carbon Science Group
skranz@princeton.edu

During my Ph.D., which I completed at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the University of Bremen in Germany in 2010, I worked on carbon acquisition and dinitrogen fixation by the marine cyanobacterium Trichodesmium. My goal is to quantify as well as to understand the underlying physiological mechanisms of the response of phytoplankton to variations in environmental factors during climate change. Using different techniques based on mass spectrometry, fluorescence and molecular biology allows us to study the metabolism of phytoplankton cells in great detail. Understanding cellular responses will allow us to assess future changes in phytoplankton ecology and ocean productivity.

Evan Leister Evan Leister
Graduate Student, CEE

Fluids & Energy Group
evanl@princeton.edu

Evan's research involves comparing the performance of numerical and analytic simulations of two-phase flow. This comparison of modeled sites will be compared to experimental data from existing injection sites. Evan received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. There he studied analytical modeling techniques with applications for municipal supply and dewatering.

Jennifer Levy-Varon Jennifer Levy-Varon
Postdoctoral Research Associate, PEI

Carbon Science Group
jhlevy@princeton.edu

Modeling tropical forest carbon and nitrogen dynamics; impacts of disturbance on ecosystem carbon cycling.

Christopher Little Christopher Little
Postdoctoral Fellow, WWS

Science and Policy Integration Groups
cmlittle@princeton.edu

Improving the comprehensiveness and robustness of numerical ice sheet models; framing sea level rise projections in a form that is amenable to decision-making; volunteer chapter scientist in the IPCC SREX special report, which emphasizes the social context underlying vulnerability to climate-related impacts.

Wei Liu Wei Liu
Graduate Student, MAE

Low-Carbon Energy Group
weil@princeton.edu

Nonpremixed ignition temperature measurements of liquid hydrocarbons; kinetic mechanism reductions.

Joseph Majkut Joseph Majkut
Graduate Student, AOS

Carbon Science Group
jmajkut@princeton.edu

Use of ocean models to constrain and study the carbon cycle, ocean circulation and ocean tracer distributions. Example topics include: How can we identify carbon-cycle feedbacks to climate change? To what degree are random and systematic uncertainty affecting the misfit of climate models to data? How informative are tracer distributions to our study of the deep circulation?

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.

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.

Adele Morrison Adele Morrison
Senior Research Assistant, AOS

Carbon Science Group
adelem@princeton.edu

Adele’s work is focused on the large-scale dynamics of the Southern Ocean and in particular the role of eddies in modifying the circulation response. The Southern Ocean plays a central role in the dynamics of past and future global climate change, through its control over the transfer of carbon and heat between the deep ocean and atmosphere. However, due to a scarcity of observations and the difficulty of accurately modeling the Southern Ocean, we lack a comprehensive understanding of how the circulation responds to change. The energetic eddy field directly impacts the response of the circulation, but the small scale of eddies has generally been below the resolution of numerical ocean models.

Anatoli Morozov Anatoli Morozov
Research Staff, Manager Laser Laboratory, MAE

Low-Carbon Energy Group
amorozov@princeton.edu

Powerful subpicocecond lasers systems and their applications. Soft X-ray laser development. Raman amplification of ultrashort laser pulses in plasmas.

Jan Nordbotten Jan Nordbotten
Hydrologic Modeling Specialist, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fluids & Energy Group
jnordbot@princeton.edu

Dr. Nordbotten works in the fields of mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of flow in porous media. His main work revolves around fast methods for simulating CO2 storage, properties of numerical methods, and upscaling/multiscale methods.

Anne M. O'Leary Anne M. O'Leary
Graduate Student, GEO

Carbon Science Group
aoleary@princeton.edu

Interested in the relationships between climate, the carbon cycle, and large-scale geologic processes. Currently, research focuses on using fossil corals to reconstruct past changes in seawater chemistry, with an eventual goal of achieving a better understanding of how those changes are linked to the earth-climate system.

Sam Sidwell Rabin Sam Sidwell Rabin
Graduate Student, EEB

Carbon Science Group
srabin@princeton.edu

Incorporating the effects of land use into global vegetation fire models, using these and other insights to improve the simulation of tropical forest fires, and considering the effects of changing tropical forest fire regimes on REDD+.

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.

Nathan Serota Nathan Serota
Undergraduate, Class of 2014, AOS

Carbon Science Group
nserota@princeton.edu

Nathan Serota is a senior in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton studying the influence of anthropogenic aerosols on the land carbon sink. His other research interests include climate finance and “stranded assets.”

Elena Shevliakova Elena Shevliakova
Senior Climate Modeler, EEB

Carbon Science Group
elena@princeton.edu

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

Suin Shim Suin Shim
Graduate Student, MAE

Fluids & Energy Group
sshim@princeton.edu

Experimental studies of the dissolution of bubbles of carbon dioxide during flow in microfluidic channels; Comparisons of the dissolution rates with of the dissolution process, including influences of the background flow.

K. Allison Smith K. Allison Smith
Postdoctoral Research Associate, AOS

Carbon Science Group
kas3@princeton.edu

Ecological forecasting in marine environments; predicting the impacts of climate change on species distributions; mechanistic modeling of organisms in oxygen minimum zones; physiology and behavior of invertebrates.

Lawrence Adam Wolf Lawrence Adam Wolf
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, EEB

Carbon Science Group
adamwolf@princeton.edu

Understanding how plants control the earth's chemical cycles and energy balance, and how soils and climate interact with plant species to determine their distribution on earth. Remote sensing simulation, flux measurements and modeling, and wireless sensor networks.

Jodi Young Jodi Young
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Geosciences

Carbon Science Group
jny@princeton.edu

Mechanisms phytoplankton use to acquire carbon for photosynthesis, in particular how these mechanisms will respond to changing concentrations of CO2.

Hannah Zanowski Hannah Zanowski
Graduate Student, AOS

Carbon Science Group
zanowski@princeton.edu

Study of open ocean polynyas.

Xinning Zhang Xinning Zhang
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, GEO

Carbon Science Group
xinningz@princeton.edu

Interplay between microbes and the physical environment on both short (transcriptional) and long (evolutionary) timescales. In the Morel lab, studying the impacts of trace metals on nitrogen fixation by diverse bacteria.

Zheng Zhong Zhong Zheng
Postdoctoral Research Associate, MAE

Low-Carbon Energy and Policy & Integration Group
zzheng@princeton.edu

CCS source-sink match optimization and potential early actions in China.

 
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