Research Staff & Students

  • Lionel Arteaga

    Lionel Arteaga

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
     CMI Science
     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.

  • Karl W. Bandilla

    Karl W. Bandilla

    Associate Professional Specialist

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Technology
     bandilla@princeton.edu

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

  • Seth Bushinsky

    Seth Bushinsky

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
     CMI Science
     sb17@princeton.edu

    Seth studies biogeochemical cycling in the ocean, focusing on the production and export of organic matter from the surface ocean.  In his research, he uses observations from profiling floats and simple conceptual models to separate the biological and physical terms that influence oxygen and carbon in the Southern Ocean.

  • Salvatore Calabrese

    Salvatore Calabrese

    Graduate Student

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Technology
     sc58@princeton.edu

    My research focuses on the interaction between the hydrologic cycle and soil biogeochemical reactions across a wide range of timescales. I develop theoretical models to link the hydrologic fluxes to biochemical reaction in order to improve our understanding of natural ecosystems and, ultimately, to minimize the impact of anthropogenic activities.

  • Isabel Martínez Cano

    Isabel Martínez Cano

    Postdoctoral researcher

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
     CMI Science
     icano@princeton.edu

    Isa is an ecologist interested in understanding the impacts of global change on forest ecosystems. In her research, she tries to combine field experiments and detailed observations with mechanistic modeling and advanced statistical analysis. Currently, she is contributing to improve the parameterization of dynamic vegetation models in tropical forests.

  • Maria Curria

    Maria Curria

    Graduate Student

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     
     mcurria@princeton.edu

    Maria received her graduate (Masters) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA) in 2015 and has worked for the Concrete Technology Department of the Argentinean Portland Cement Institute (ICPA). Her research interests include carbon capture and transformation, low impact materials and sustainable development.

  • Romain Darnajoux

    Romain Darnajoux

    Postdoctoral researcher in Biogeochemistry

    Geosciences
     CMI Science
     romaind@princeton.edu

    I am interested in the effects and interactions of biotic and abiotic parameters on biological nitrogen fixation at different organization level, from enzymes to ecosystems. My work will ultimately help to better constrain nitrogen input and carbon accumulation capacity in important ecosystems, such as the boreal forest and coastal sediment.

  • Matteo Detto

    Matteo Detto

    Postdoctoral researcher

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
     CMI Science
     mdetto@princeton.edu

    My research focuses on describing and explaining the spatial and temporal complexity displayed in natural and anthropogenic systems as they pertain to biosphere-atmosphere exchanges. My interests span from forest-atmosphere interactions, in relation to the exchange of energy, water, CO2 and other greenhouse gasses, to the spatial organization of forest structure and species composition.

  • Samantha Hartzell

    Samantha Hartzell

    Graduate Student

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Technology
     srh2@princeton.edu

    My research focuses on ecohydrology. In particular, I study how plant water use strategies improve resilience to environmental stress and variability. One of these strategies is CAM photosynthesis, used by cacti and air plants in many water limited ecosystems. A current research project involves an investigation of the tradeoffs between CAM and other photosynthetic pathways.

  • Jian He

    Jian He

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
     CMI Science
     jianhe@princeton.edu

    Current research focuses on the quantifying the contribution of individual sources and sinks to atmospheric methane variability by incorporating methane isotopes into the chemical mechanism in GFDL’s ESM4.

  • Robert Key

    Robert Key

    Research Oceanographer

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
     CMI Science
     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.

  • Ayumi Koishi

    Ayumi Koishi

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Science
     akoishi@princeton.edu

    Ayumi's research uses lab-, synchrotron/neutron-, and simulation-based techniques to understand interfacial energetics, nucleation processes, and the dynamics of amorphous phases, particularly of calcium carbonate. Her current research interests extend to the nanoscale understanding of interaction between soil organic matter and clay minerals and their aggregation processes.

  • Joe Lane

    Joe Lane

    Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
     
     joell@princeton.edu

    Joe Lane is a Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, focussed on systems analysis of the energy, food and water sectors. Joe has led the startup of Indian research under the Rapid Switch initiative, identifying bottlenecks to the transition away from a coal-dependent energy sector.

  • Maofeng Liu

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     
     maofeng@princeton.edu

    Liu is a postdoc in the CEE department at Princeton University. He is broadly interested in the dynamics and risk assessments of extreme weather extremes. His current work focuses on tropical cyclones and associated rainfall extremes and flood hazards, and how they change with climate.

  • Ying Liu

    Ying Liu

    Graduate Student

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
     CMI Technology
     yl6@princeton.edu

    Ying’s research interests lie in CO2 sequestration and energy-saving materials. Her current projects involve the capillary effects on the CO2flow in porous media and the longevity of liquid-infused surfaces for drag reduction purposes.

  • Katja E. Luxem

    Katja E. Luxem

    Graduate Student

    Geosciences
     CMI Science
     kluxem@princeton.edu

    Microbes are the world’s greatest chemists! My goal is to better understand how these tiny forms of life interact with and change our environment. In my Ph.D. research, I am studying how physiological constraints (like electrons, energy, and light) control the activity of the enzyme nitrogenase, which converts inert nitrogen gas into nutritious and fertilizing ammonium. Understanding what controls nitrogenase activity can help us determine when and where microbes are producing fertilizer naturally, knowledge that can be manipulated to our advantage in the long run.

  • Anne Morel-Kraepiel

    Anne Morel-Kraepiel

    Research Scholar

    Chemistry
     CMI Science
     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.

  • Andrew Pascale

    Andrew Pascale

    Postdoctoral Resarch Associate

    Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
     
     apascale@princeton.edu

    Timely low carbon energy transitions that allow inclusive high development levels for all global populations, while remaining within safe planetary boundaries. Energy transition interests include net-zero greenhouse gas emission scenarios for the USA by 2050, national clean cooking plans, and renewable electrification system design for remote communities.

  • Tom Postma

    Tom Postma

    Graduate Student

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Technology
     tpostma@princeton.edu

    Tom’s research involves numerical modeling and simulation of CO2 sequestration in deep saline aquifers, with an emphasis on quantifying leakage risks. Before coming to Princeton, Tom obtained a BSc in chemical engineering and an MSc in petroleum engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

  • Brandon Reichl

    Brandon Reichl

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
     CMI Science
     breichl@princeton.edu

    Reichl studies the interaction between ocean surface gravity waves and upper ocean processes. One aspect that he is particularly focused on at present is the interaction between waves and upper-ocean turbulent vertical mixing (via Langmuir turbulence) and its application to coupled weather and climate simulations.

  • Keith Rodgers

    Keith Rodgers

    Associate Research Scholar

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
     CMI Science
     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

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
     CMI Science
     sas452@princeton.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

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
     CMI Technology
     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.

  • Yiheng Tao

    Yiheng Tao

    Graduate Student

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Technology
     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.

  • Thomas Underwood

    Thomas Underwood

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     
     thomas.underwood@princeton.edu

    Tom's research examines the nanogeochemistry of water and ions near clay mineral surfaces. His current focus is the impact of clay aggregation and swelling on the microstructure, mechanics, and transport properties of clay-water mixtures pertinent to soils and sedimentary materials.

  • Marco D. Visser

    Marco D. Visser

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Princeton Environmental Institute
     CMI Science
     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.

  • Emily Wei-Hsin Sun

    Emily Wei-Hsin Sun

    Graduate Student

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Technology
     esun@princeton.edu

    Using molecular dynamics simulations and nano- to micro- scale analytical techniques, Emily’s research looks at mechanisms underlying multiphase fluid flow and soil carbon stabilization at mineral interfaces. These fundamental interactions lie at the heart of our predictive understanding of geologic carbon sequestration and soil carbon cycle dynamics.

  • Jennifer A. Willemsen

    Jennifer A. Willemsen

    Graduate Student

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Technology
     jarw@princeton.edu

    Jennifer is interested in the geochemical interactions between emerging organic contaminants, soil organic matter, and clay minerals. Her research combines molecular dynamics simulations and experimental work. Prior to joining the Bourg lab, Jennifer received a B.S. in chemistry from Haverford College.

  • Jared Wilmoth

    Jared Wilmoth

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Geosciences
    , Princeton Environmental Institute
     CMI Science
     jwilmoth@princeton.edu

    Dr. Jared Wilmoth studies geological chemistry and microbiology using high-resolution chemical and molecular characterization techniques. The major focus of his experimental research is on investigating and understanding how microbial/environmental interfaces regulate greenhouse gas emissions from wetland and peat soils that undergo dynamic redox oscillations. He earned his PhD in Soil Science (biogeochemistry) from the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, USA and has completed postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA in the Biological and Nanoscale Systems Group, Biosciences Division.

  • Judy Qingjun Yang

    Judy Qingjun Yang

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
     
     qingjuny@princeton.edu

    Judy seeks to understand how soil carbon, or the organic compound in soil, is being decomposed into greenhouse gases. Soil contains more carbon than all the carbon in the atmosphere, ocean, and biosphere combined, thus the decomposition of soil carbon has a significant impact on global carbon cycle. Judy is currently designing a “soil-on-a-chip”, a micro-scale fluidic device, to identify the key factors that control the soil carbon decomposition rate. The results of her study will help researchers develop more accurate prediction of the contribution of soil to global carbon cycle and suggest potential ways to increase soil carbon storage.

  • Wenchang Yang

    Wenchang Yang

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Geosciences
     
     wenchang@princeton.edu

    Yang is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and B.S. / M.S. from Peking University. His research is focused on better understanding climate variability on a broad range of time scales from the sub-seasonal to long-term climate change.

  • Jun Yin

    Jun Yin

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
     CMI Technology
     jy12@princeton.edu

    My research is focused on the exchange of water and energy among soil, plants, and atmosphere. Models across different temporal and spatial scales are used to quantify the ecohydrological processes and atmospheric convection, particularly the dynamics of soil water content, atmospheric boundary layer, and clouds.

  • Lailai Zhu

    Lailai Zhu

    Postdoctoral researcher

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
     CMI Technology
     lzhu@princeton.edu

    Lailai develops and utilizes a variety of computational tools to investigate the flow phenomenon. His research interests include fluid-structure interactions, micro and multiphase flow motivated for human healthcare problems. He is also conducting theoretical/computational studies on the formation and distribution of sea ice.