Editorial Board

Editorial Board Members work closely with our in-house editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies.  Our Editorial Board Members are active researchers recognized as experts in their field. They handle manuscripts within their broad areas of expertise, and oversee all aspects of the peer review process from submission to acceptance. 

Interested in joining the editorial board?

If you are interested in becoming an Editorial Board Member for Communications Earth & Environment, please complete this Google form. If you are unable to use Google forms, you may contact us with your CV and/or link to your institutional webpage, the subject areas you would like to cover for the journal, and a brief statement about why you are interested in an editorial board member position. Please note that your personal information, including name and email address, will be kept by the in-house editors for the sole purpose of identifying potential editorial board members. If you would like us to delete your information at any time, please contact us.

Editorial Board Members by subject area

Learn more about our Editorial Board Members below. 

Climate, Oceans, Cryosphere

Environmental sciences & biogeochemistry

Human-environment interactions

Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences

Climate, Oceans, Cryosphere

Back to top

Sze Ling Ho

orcid.org/0000-0002-4898-9036
Research areas: Paleoclimate, paleoceanography, biogeochemistry, seawater temperature proxy, proxy-model comparison, lipid biomarker, foraminifera

Sze Ling HoSze Ling Ho is an assistant professor at the Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University. Her research focuses on reconstructing past changes in climate and ocean using marine sediments, and developing geochemical proxies for paleoceanographic reconstruction. One of her main research interests is to constrain the uncertainties in proxy-based reconstructions, which is vital for an improved mechanistic understanding of past climate change. Sze Ling received her MSc from Hokkaido University in Japan, and her PhD from University of Bremen in Germany. Before moving back to Asia, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, and University of Bergen in Norway.
Personal webpage

Christophe Kinnard

orcid.org/0000-0002-4553-5258

Christophe KinnardChristophe Kinnard is Professor of geography at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Canada, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Cryosphere Hydrology (Tier 2). He received his PhD in Geography from University of Ottawa in 2009. His current research interests include glacier-climate interactions, snow and ice hydrology and ecology, cold region geomorphology, and climate-change impacts on cold environments. His team relies on micrometeorological studies and remote-sensing observations combined with modelling to better understand and predict the response of the cryosphere to climate change, and its impact on the hydrology of cold regions. His current research focuses on understanding and modelling the spatial heterogeneity of snow and its impact on catchment hydrology, plant ecology and frozen soil processes in a variety of cold climate landscapes.
Personal webpage

Ola Kwiecien

orcid.org/0000-0001-6018-9181
Research areas: Palaeoclimate and climate change, palaeolimnology, speleothem science, carbonate geochemistry and sedimentology, human-landscape interaction

Ola KwiecienOla Kwiecien is Vice Chancellor Senior Fellow at the Northumbria University, Department of Geography and Environmental Science (UK). She holds an MSc in geology (Jagiellonian University, Poland) and a PhD in palaeoclimatology (Potsdam University, Germany). She studies environmental responses to climate change, in particular to Quaternary glacial/interglacial cycles, and her archives of choice are continental carbonates. Focusing on the spatial heterogeneity of local responses, Dr Kwiecien applies a multi-archive approach, and tests the sensitivity of climate archives using paleo data and modern observations. She very much enjoys taking  modern observations herself. Before moving to the UK, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich and assistant professor at Ruhr-University Bochum.
Personal webpage

Jan Lenaerts

orcid.org/0000-0003-4309-4011
Research areas: ice sheets. climate modeling, sea level, polar climate, atmospheric science, snow, ice, mass balance, climate change, Earth System Modeling

Jan LenaertsJan Lenaerts is principal investigator and leader of the Ice Sheets and Climate lab and Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder (USA). He is an ice sheet and climate scientist with a specific interest in polar climate, snow-atmosphere and ice-ocean interactions on meso- to global scale. Jan's main tools are climate models, evaluated with remote sensing and in-situ climate observations. He is co-chair of the Land Ice Working Group of the Community Earth System Model (CESM). Biography PhD Polar Meteorology, Utrecht University (2013, cum laude) Master of Science Meteorology & Air Quality, Wageningen University (2008) Bachelor of Science Soil, Water and Atmosphere, Wageningen University (2006). 
Personal webpage

Joy Merwin Monteiro

orcid.org/0000-0002-3932-3603
Research areas: Geophysical fluid dynamics, extreme events, climate modelling frameworks

Joy Merwin MonteiroJoy Merwin Monteiro is an Assistant Professor at the department of Earth and Climate Science at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, India. He completed his Ph.D at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India, following which he worked at as a postdoc at Stockholm University. He has broad interests in weather and climate phenomena, with a focus on understanding the fundamental physics that underlie these phenomena.
Personal webpage

Jessica Neu

Research areas: Atmospheric composition, air quality, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric transport, stratospheric dynamics

Jessica NeuJessica Neu is the Associate Directorate Scientist, Earth Science and Technology Directorate and a Principal Scientist in the Engineering and Science Directorate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She received her B.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from MIT in 2001. Dr. Neu's research addresses a broad range of questions related to atmospheric composition, from the role of changing emissions in global air quality to the use of trace gas measurements to diagnose transport processes in the stratosphere. She utilizes a combination of satellite and ground-based data with a hierarchy of models of varying complexity to address these questions and to understand the interplay between atmospheric composition and other components of the Earth System. As the Associate Directorate Scientist for Earth Science at JPL, Dr. Neu is also involved in the communication of Earth Science to the broader public and in helping to chart the future of scientific and technological developments needed to serve the ever-evolving Earth Science community.
Personal webpage

Clara Orbe

orcid.org/0000-0002-5344-3599
Research areas: stratospheric and upper tropospheric dynamics and transport and stratosphere-troposphere dynamical coupling to surface climate

Clara OrbeClara Orbe is a Research Physical Scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (APAM) at Columbia University. Before joining GISS in 2018, she received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Brown University (2007) and a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics at Columbia University (2013). Her research interests are oriented toward an improved understanding of dynamics and transport in the atmosphere. While at GISS she focuses on guiding development of the higher vertical resolution version of the GISS climate model (ModelE), her research more broadly applies a range of theoretical and numerical models, as well as observations, to understanding fundamental problems in atmospheric dynamics and transport.
Personal webpage

Rachael Rhodes

orcid.org/0000-0001-7511-1969
Research areas: Palaeoclimate, biogeochemistry, climate modelling, geochemistry

Rachael RhodesRachael Rhodes is a Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK. After completing her undergraduate degree in geology at University of Leeds, Rachael swapped rocks for ice and moved to New Zealand where she began her research career with a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington (2012). Rachael specialises in reconstructing past changes in climate and biogeochemical cycling using polar ice cores. She is driven by a desire to combine innovative geochemistry with cutting-edge numerical modelling to fully exploit the capacity of palaeoclimate archives to record environmental change. Her work has taken her to Oregon State University, USA for a postdoctoral position, to Antarctica and Greenland, before her return to the UK.
Personal webpage

Regina Rodrigues

orcid.org/0000-0001-8010-4018
Research areas: Climate variability, large-scale ocean and atmospheric dynamics and teleconnection patterns in the Southern Hemisphere, extreme events

Regina RodriguesRegina R. Rodrigues is a professor of Physical Oceanography at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. Before joining UFSC in 2010, she received her PhD from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, USA. She is interested in understanding how tropical ocean basins interact and affect the extra-tropics leading to extreme events, using observations and modelling. Her research has also focused on the impacts of ENSO variability on the climate of South America and the Tropical Atlantic. More recently she has her attention on the physical mechanisms generating compound extreme events of droughts, land and marine heatwaves.
Personal webpage

Kerstin Schepanski

orcid.org/0000-0002-1027-6786
Research areas: atmospheric dust cycle, dust sources, desert meteorology, natural aerosols, remote sensing

Kerstin SchepanskiKerstin Schepanski is a professor of radiation and remote sensing of atmospheres at the Institute of Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her research aims at understanding the role of the dust life cycle in the Earth system, including dust-feedbacks. Her research focus includes studies on dust source characteristics, meteorological controls on dust emission processes, and the atmospheric dust cycle representing the atmospheric residence of dust from source to sink. For her work she uses atmosphere-aerosol models and satellite remote-sensing techniques combined with ground-based and airborne measurements.
Personal webpage

Shin Sugiyama

orcid.org/0000-0001-5323-9558
Research areas: glaciers, ice sheets, ice-ocean/lake interactions, Greenland, Antarctica, Patagonia

SShin Sugiyamahin Sugiyama is a Professor at the Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. He studies a broad aspect of mountain glaciers and polar ice sheets. He is often in the field to perform in-situ measurements on and around glaciers. The primary goal of his research is to better understand physical processes driving glacier changes from detailed in-situ data with the aid of satellite observations and numerical experiments. His activities in the field include mass balance monitoring, high frequency ice dynamics measurements, lake/ocean surveys and hot-water drilling for borehole measurements. The focus of his current research is ice-water interactions at the front of marine- and lake-terminating glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica and Patagonia. Shin Sugiyama received his MEng in ultra-high-pressure physics from Osaka University and his PhD in glaciology from Hokkaido University in Japan. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at VAW, ETH-Zurich before he returned to Sapporo in 2005.
Personal webpage

Adam Switzer

orcid.org/0000-0002-4352-7852
Research areas: natural hazards, coastal hazards, sea level change, geomorphology, quaternary geology, shallow geophysics, time series analysis, science communication

Adam SwitzerAdam Switzer is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Academic), Asian School of the Environment and Principal Investigator, Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Adam received his BSc (Hons) and his PhD from the University of Wollongong in Australia. A broadly trained Earth scientist, Switzer has been leader or co-leader on several major research programs including the prestigious Singapore National Research Fellowship (2010-2015) and the Southeast Asia Sea Level Program (SEA2) launched in 2020. He is a former executive council member of the Asia Oceania Geoscience Society (AOGS).
Personal webpage

Environmental sciences & biogeochemistry

Back to top

Rahim Barzegar

orcid.org/0000-0002-1941-2991
Research areas: Hydro(geo)logy, machine learning, time series analysis, water quality, climate change

Rahim BarzegarRahim Barzegar is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University in Canada. Before joining McGill in 2019, he obtained a PhD and MSc in Hydrogeology and a BSc in Geology from the University of Tabriz, Iran. He has worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in joint projects at the University of Tabriz in Iran and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. His main research focuses on the exploration of new methods in machine learning- and deep learning-based hydrological modeling. His other research activities also revolve around time series analysis, water quality assessment, water resources management, and climate change impacts on water resources. 
Personal webpage

Annie Bourbonnais

orcid.org/0000-0001-7247-5230
Research areas: Marine biogeochemistry, Marine nitrogen cycle, Nitrogen and carbon stable isotopes, Dissolved gases (N2, O2, Ar) as tracers of oceanic physical and biological processes, Trace gas production (N2O) in marine environments, Chemosynthetic deep-sea ecosystems, Oxygen minimum zones

Annie BourbonnaisAnnie Bourbonnais is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina (UofSC), USA, where she leads the Marine Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory at the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment. Before joining UofSC in August 2018, she was a research professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria (Canada) in 2012. Her research is focused on the biogeochemical oceanographic processes that affect climate, particularly the cycling of nitrogen (N), an essential nutrient for all organisms that limits primary productivity in most of the ocean. She uses the stable isotope ratios of reactive N pools as a primary tool and tracer to study N transformations in marine and lacustrine environments. Her current research investigates the sources and sinks of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, from concentration and stable isotopic data from different oceanic environments, such as oxygen minimum zones, the Arctic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Benguela Upwelling system. She is also a key participant in a NSF EPSCoR project using computational methods and autonomous robotics systems for modeling and predicting harmful cyanobacterial blooms in South Carolina lakes.
Personal webpage

Erika Buscardo

orcid.org/0000-0003-4029-8465
Research areas: plant-soil interactions, microbial community ecology, nutrient cycling, terrestrial ecosystems, global change

Erika BuscardoErika Buscardo is a visiting researcher in the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Brasília, Brazil and member of the Centre of Functional Ecology, University of Coimbra, Portugal. She holds a degree in biology and a Ph.D. in ecology. The main area of Erika’s research is soil microbe – plant interactions, with particular interest in the structure and functioning of microbial communities and their implications for ecosystem biogeochemistry. She is interested in separating underlying natural spatio-temporal dynamics from ecosystem responses to natural disturbances (e.g., fire, zoogeochemistry) and global change drivers (climate and land use change, atmospheric nitrogen deposition). She has worked in Mediterranean, temperate and tropical ecosystems. Erika is involved in long-term ecological research projects in South America.
Personal webpage

Leiyi Chen

orcid.org/0000-0002-3241-4676
Research areas: Effects of global change on soil carbon dynamics, soil carbon storage and carbon-climate feedback, the stabilization mechanisms of soil organic carbon, roles of microbial communities in stabilizing and destabilizing soil carbon

Leiyi ChenLeiyi Chen is a professor at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBCAS). Before joining IBCAS in 2012, she received her PhD from Sun Yat-sen University with a major in ecology. Her research focus is soil carbon dynamics in terrestrial ecosystem. The overall goal of her research is to provide the mechanistic understanding required for reliable prediction of global change impacts on soil carbon dynamics, and their likely feedbacks to the climate system. She uses diverse approaches, including experimentation, observation, data synthesis, data-model fusion, to reveal how plant-soil-microbial interactions govern soil carbon stabilization and destabilization. She was promoted as a member of Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017, and founded by National Natural Science Foundation of China as an ‘excellent Young Scientist’ in 2019.
Personal webpage

Joshua Dean

orcid.org/0000-0001-9058-7076
Research areas: Greenhouse gases, biogeochemistry, hydrology, hydrogeology, radio- and stable isotopes

Joshua DeanJoshua Dean is a Lecturer in Biogeochemical Cycles at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK. His research is at the intersection of hydrology and elemental biogeochemistry. His work marries isotopes, biogeochemical and hydrological fluxes, and microbial community characterisation to quantify the source, transformation and flow of carbon through the land-freshwater-atmosphere continuum. His current main research focus is methane cycling and the application of radiocarbon as an unconventional tracer in the global carbon cycle. Originally from New Zealand, Joshua enjoys working in many fieldwork locations including the East Siberian Arctic, Northwest Canadian Arctic, the Yucatán Peninsula, southeast Australia, and across the UK and Europe. Joshua received his BSc (Hons) in Geography from Massey University in New Zealand, and his PhD in Hydrogeology from La Trobe University in Australia.
Personal webpage

Yinon Rudich

orcid.org/0000-0003-3149-0201

Yinon RudichYinon Rudich is a Professor and Dean, the Faculty of Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot (Israel). His research focuses on the effects of aerosols on climate and human health. The ovearching goal of his research is to provide mechanistic understanding about the connections between the physical and chemical properties of aerosols to their ability to nucleate ice, to absorb and scatter solar radiation and to induce health effects. In addition, Prof. Rudich studies the aerobiome – bacteria, viruses and fungi that are transported in the atmosphere by dust and winds, and their potential impacts to the Earth system, to ecosystems and to human health. To reach these goals he studies processes in the laboratory and in the field. Prof Rudich completed a Chemical Physics Ph.D. at Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a member of the Academia Europaea and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Personal webpage

Edmond Sanganyado

orcid.org/0000-0001-6244-3059
Research areas: Aquatic toxicology, biogeochemistry, fate and transport of contaminants, environmental remediation, cetacean ecotoxicology

Edmond SanganyadoEdmond Sanganyado is an associate professor at the Institute of Marine Science, Shantou University, China. He graduated from the University of California Riverside with a PhD in environmental toxicology. His research integrates environmental chemistry, microbiology ecology, marine mammalian ecotoxicology, and biogeochemistry disciplines to understand the pathways, sources, and mechanisms of anthropogenic disturbances in aquatic ecosystems. His current research combines paleolimnology and environmental DNA techniques to assess the historical impact of contamination on marine biodiversity in estuaries. Having worked as a researcher in Zimbabwe, the US, and China, Edmond is passionate about building research capacity and promotion of cross-disciplinary research among early career researchers from the Global South. Edmond was elected as a fellow as well as the president of Zimbabwe Young Academy of Sciences in 2020. He is an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Water, serves on the Editorial Board of BMC Chemistry, and was previously a founding section editor of Scientific African.
Personal webpage

Human-environment interactions

Back to top

Gerald Forkuor

Research areas: Climate Change, Disaster risk management, Geographic information science and remote sensing, Land management and food security, Water resource management

Gerald ForkuorGerald Forkuor is a geospatial analyst with special interest in the application of earth observation (EO) data in natural resource and environmental management. He holds academic degrees in Geomatic Engineering, Geographic Information Science, Water Resources and Environmental Management and Natural Sciences from reputable educational institutions in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. Gerald has about seventeen years of research experience, having previously worked for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI, www.iwmi.org) 2004 to 2011, the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL, www.wascal.org) 2015 to 2018, and currently a research fellow (water and land) at the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). Past and current projects he manages focus on land use/land cover changes at varying scales, agriculture and food security (rural, urban, peri-urban), biomass modelling and carbon stock estimation, climate change impact assessment, disaster risk reduction, climate innovation and sustainable technologies and water resource management.
Personal webpage

Nadine Mengis

orcid.org/0000-0003-0312-7069
Research areas: carbon budget, carbon dioxide removal, Earth system modelling, net-zero climate targets

Nadine MengisNadine Mengis is a postdoctoral researcher at GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. After obtaining her PhD in Earth system modelling in 2016, she moved for a Postdoctoral position at Concordia University, in Montreal, Canada. This is where she started to work on the concept of the remaining carbon budget, and specifically on the impact of non-CO2 climate forcing agents on the remaining carbon budget. After a stay at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, where she continuing her work on Earth system modelling, she decided to become a part of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative. Here she works on net-zero solutions for Germany. Nadine’s work is driven by her passion for climate action and finding ways to achieve temperature stabilisation. In this context, she continues to assess options for carbon dioxide removal that range from nature-based solutions to technological CDR combined with permanent carbon storage. Especially for such assessments, she sees great value in interdisciplinary collaborations as well as in the communication of underlying assumptions of research results.
Personal webpage

Alessandro Rubino

orcid.org/0000-0002-2737-9052

Alessandro RubinoAlessandro Rubino is Assistant Professor in the Ionian Department of Law, Economics and Environment, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy. After completing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Business at University of Bari Aldo Moro, Alessandro enrolled as PhD researcher in Economics at Siena University (2011) and started his career as Regulatory Economist at Ofgem (Office for Gas and Electricity Markets) in the UK. Subsequently he has worked as Research Assistant at the Florence School of Regulation (EUI); as Head of the Capacity Building and Knowledge Dissemination Area at the Enel Foundation and as Senior Editor at Nature Energy. Alessandro is an expert in international energy and climate issues, with a focus on the international energy markets, the European energy and climate policy and the Euro-Mediterranean energy relations. He combines applied research with energy policy and regulation in his studies.
Personal webpage

Michael Storozum

orcid.org/0000-0002-3948-6074
Research areas: Geoarchaeology, human-environmental interactions, Anthropocene

Michael StorozumDr. Michael Storozum is a post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 and since then has held post-doctoral research fellowships at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Fudan University, and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Michael is an anthropological geoarchaeologist who is interested in using geoarchaeological research to extend scientific and policy perspectives on environmental issues relevant to changing climatic regimes and natural hazards. Recent work of his includes geoarchaeological analyses of human-caused environmental transformations in China that often led to large-scale disasters, like the mega-flood that destroyed Kaifeng in 1642 CE. Michael aims to place modern environmental challenges within a deep time perspective through his geoarchaeological research.
Personal webpage

Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences

Back to top

Luca Dal Zilio

orcid.org/0000-0002-5642-0894
Research areas: Tectonics, geodynamics, seismology, earthquake physics, numerical modelling

Luca Dal ZilioLuca Dal Zilio is Senior Researcher in Computational Earthquake Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. After obtaining his PhD from ETH in 2019, he joined the Seismological Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as postdoctoral researcher, where he worked on the development and application of physics-based methods to simulate sequences of seismic and aseismic slip. Luca conducts research in the broad field of computational mechanics, earthquake physics, geodynamics, and seismology. His current research interests include the rheology and mechanics of faults, seismic and aseismic slip, crustal deformation, and subduction dynamics. He is particularly interested in the interplay between long-term tectonic space-time scales and seismic space-time scales of rapid and localized earthquake source processes.
Personal webpage

João Duarte

orcid.org/0000-0001-7505-3690
Research areas: Tectonics, geodynamics, marine geology, modelling, Earth system

Joao DuarteJoão Duarte is an Assistant Professor at the Geology Department, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a Researcher at the Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), where he coordinates de Research Group on Continental Margins and Deep Ocean Frontiers and the Earthsystems Doctoral School. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Lisbon in 2012, he moved for a Postdoctoral position at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. João worked in diverse geotectonic environments such as subduction zones, strike-slip plate boundaries, and rifted margins, as well as in outstanding topics such as subduction initiation, slab-plume interactions, and the search for the source of the 1755 Great Lisbon Earthquake. João is passionate about science and its communication. He likes to work cross-disciplines, having explored with his colleagues problems such as the tectonic control of ocean tides, tides in a snowball Earth and the climate in supercontinents.
Personal webpage

Mojtaba Fakhraee

orcid.org/0000-0002-2461-6374
Research areas: Geobiology, nutrient cycling

Mojtaba FakhraeeMoji Fakhraee is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Yale University, USA. For his Ph.D. in water resources science at the University of Minnesota in Aug 2018, he studied sulfur cycling in the low sulfate environment of Lake Superior, and provided new insight into several aspects of sulfur cycling in low sulfate environments, such as large freshwater systems and the oceans of the geologic past (>0.5 billion years ago). He is now interested in developing a mechanistic understanding of the co-evolution of life and Earth's surface environments, with goal to understand how life has shaped our planet. He recruits a wide range of theoretical, modeling, and experimental toolkits to create, formulate, and test hypotheses on the nexus between life and Earth’s surface conditions.
Personal webpage

Maria-Luce Frezzotti

orcid.org/0000-0002-6992-8259
Research areas: Fluid chemistry and thermodynamics, metamorphic petrology, igneous petrology, diamonds, geochemistry, geodynamics, and Raman spectroscopy

Maria-Luce Frezzotti is a professor in Petrology and vice-president of the Doctoral School at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). She completed her Ph.D. degree in Petrology at Siena University (Italy) and Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands). Before joining the Faculty at Milano-Bicocca University in 2012, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and an associate professor at Siena University. Dr. Frezzotti’s primary research focuses on the role that fluid phases play in geological processes in the crust and upper mantle. She uses a diversified set of approaches in natural samples (petrology, thermodynamics, geochemistry, and spectroscopy) to investigate the physical and chemical properties of deep C-O-H-S fluids, diamond formation, mantle metasomatism and the genesis of magmatism. At present, her research projects deal with the deep carbon cycle: how carbon is transported and fixed in the mantle and released back to the surface in the frame of Earth’s geodynamics. In 2019, she was awarded the medal of the Accademia delle Scienze, detta dei XL, otherwise known as the National Academy of Science for her scientific contributions in natural sciences.
Personal webpage

Derya Gürer

orcid.org/0000-0001-5884-9160
Research areas: Tectonics, plate kinematics, geodynamics, structural geology, geochronology, paleomagnetism

Derya GurerDerya Gürer is a Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University, Canberra, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She holds a BSc in Geosciences (Bonn, Germany), MSc of Physics in Geological Processes (Oslo, Norway) and PhD in Tectonics (Utrecht, The Netherlands). She moved to Brisbane, Australia to take up her current appointment in 2018. Derya’s research evolves around tectonics and the evolution of Earth's lithosphere at various spatio-temporal scales. She applies a combination of field-based methods with laboratory analyses (geochronology, paleomagnetism) to reconstruct subduction, accretion and exhumation from the rock record preserved in ophiolites and forearc basins from the grain scale to the plate scale. Her extensive field experience spans a diverse range of tectonic settings, where she worked in sedimentary basins, metamorphic basement and magmatic terranes. She is particularly interested in relationships between orogenic/plate boundary events and far-field changes in plate motion, as well the long-standing enigma of subduction initiation. Originally from Germany/Turkey, Derya enjoys working in many fieldwork locations including the Tethyan realm (spanning from Greece - Turkey - Iran - India) and the Southwest Pacific region (New Caledonia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea), and more recently the Southern Ocean. Besides her primary research field Tectonics, Derya is passionate about marine microplastics research and is involved in citizen science initiatives.
Personal webpage

Emma Liu

orcid.org/0000-0003-1749-9285
Research areas: Volcanology, igneous petrology, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing

Emma LiuEmma Liu is a Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, UK. Emma has broad research interests across volcanology and petrology; from the mechanisms that generate volcanic ash during explosive eruptions to the geochemical controls on volcanic outgassing of volatile gases and trace metals. Her current research focuses on developing capability for in-situ gas measurements in volcanic plumes at long-range using drone technology, and she is passionate about translating this research for hazard monitoring applications. Following an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford, Emma completed her PhD in Volcanology at the University of Bristol in 2016. She moved to the University of Cambridge as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, during which she was awarded a L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship in 2018.
Personal webpage

Claire Nichols

orcid.org/0000-0003-2947-5694

Claire NicholsClaire Nichols is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford. Her research focusses on using high resolution microscopy and paleomagnetism to investigate meteorites, Apollo samples and Archean terrestrial samples to understand more about how planets generate magnetic fields, and the implications for deep Earth dynamics and surface habitability. Claire completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and then continued at Cambridge for her PhD investigating the nanoscale magnetic properties of meteorites. She then spent some time in the US as a Simons Foundation postdoctoral fellow at MIT working on recovering ancient magnetic field signals from rocks in Isua, Southwest Greenland before moving to Oxford.
Personal webpage