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Ali Ahmad Ali Ahmad
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nuclearfutures Laboratory

Policy & Integration Group
aahmad@princeton.edu

Ali Ahmad is research fellow in the Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. His work focuses on the assessment of the technological aspects of small modular reactors and the potential for their deployment, and more broadly the introduction of nuclear power to new markets. A Physics graduate from The Lebanese University in Beirut, Ali holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Cambridge University.

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

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
Postdoctoral Research Associate, EEB, Carbon Science Group
Carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems, and the roles of plant biodiversity and nutrient limitation.

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.

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.

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.

Ivy Frenger Ivy Frenger
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AOS

Carbon Science Group
ifrenger@princeton.edu

I am interested in the climate system and its response to anthropogenic forcing. I focus my work on the Southern Ocean, a region which is central to global ocean circulation, ocean biogeochemistry and air-sea heat and tracer exchange, yet its dynamics are not fully understood. Ocean mesoscale eddies are thought to be determinant in the area. In previous work, I investigated properties of ocean eddies based on remote sensing and in-situ data. In my current and future work, I want to further explore eddy properties based on high resolution model simulations which include biogeochemistry, and at the same time examine integrated effects of eddies on the Southern Ocean water mass structure and their biogeochemical characteristics.

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.

Anne Gothmann Anne Gothmann
Graduate Student, GEO

Carbon Science Group
agothman@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.

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.

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.

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.

Jake Herb Jake Herb
Graduate Student, Chemistry

Low-Carbon Energy Group
jherb@princeton.edu

Jake’s research is focused on the development of new battery technologies. He is currently working on the synthesis and electrochemical characterization of electrolytes for magnesium-ion batteries.

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.

Hao Jiang Hao Jiang
Postdoctoral Research Associate, CBE

Fluids & Energy Group
haoj@princeton.edu

My research is focused on the thermodynamic properties, especially the phase equilibria properties, of CO2/H2O/NaCl system using Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulation.

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.

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.

Dan Li Dan Li
Postdoctoral Research Associate, AOS

Carbon Science Group
danl@princeton.edu

My research involved understanding the role of turbulence in land-atmosphere interactions, using multi-scale numerical simulations to assess climate impacts and adaptations in urban systems.

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

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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.

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.

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.

Richard Slater Richard Slater
Senior Professional Specialist, AOS

Carbon Science Group
rdslater@princeton.edu

 

Annette Trierweiler Annette Trierweiler
Graduate Student, EEB

Carbon Science Group
atrierwe@princeton.edu

Annette studies how nutrient limitation and rising CO2 affect nitrogen fixation and primary productivity in the tropics. Her work focuses on how geologically-derived nutrients such as phosphorus and molybdenum can limit nitrogen fixation in tropical forest ecosystems now and into the future. Annette is using a combination of experimental field studies, greenhouse studies and modeling to explore the interactions of nutrients, nitrogen-fixation and climate change.

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.

Xiangtao Xu Xiangtao Xu
Graduate Student, GEO

Carbon Science Group
xiangtao@princeton.edu

Ecological models, plant functional types, nutrients cycles of terrestrial ecosystems, anthropogenic influence on water cycles.

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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