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- Christopher Cornwall
- Olusegun Dada
- Andrew Green
- Nicole Khan
- Adam Switzer
- Jennifer Veitch
- Claudia Zoccarato
- Mojtaba Fakhraee
- Xiao-Ming Liu
- Emma Nicholson (Liu)
- Lucia Pappalardo
- Yuan Shang
- Holly Stein
- Renbiao Tao
- Maria-Laura Balestrieri
- Sylvain Barbot
- Luca Dal Zilio
- João Duarte
- Derya Gürer
- Claire Nichols
- Teng Wang
- J. Kim Welford
- Weiqing Han
- Jose Luis Iriarte
- Viviane Vasconcellos de Menezes
- Regina Rodrigues
- Erin Bertrand
- Annie Bourbonnais
- Olivier Sulpis
- Michael Stukel
Atmospheric chemistry & aerosols
Research areas: Aerosols, reactive trace gases, air pollution, field observations
Dr Tuija Jokinen is an assistant professor at the Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre (CARE-C), the Cyprus Institute (Cyprus) and the head of four Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO) field stations. She holds a M.Sc. in analytical chemistry, Ph.D. in physics, a title of docent in atmospheric sciences at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and has been a visiting researcher at TROPOS (Germany) and a postdoc at the University of California at Irvine (USA). She has a long history in working with chemical ionization - atmospheric pressure interface - time of flight mass spectrometers (CI-APi-TOF) and she specializes in field observations of aerosol precursor gases and sub 10 nm particle measurements. She aims at solving how aerosol particles are formed from condensing vapours in the atmosphere and how aerosols affect the climate and ecosystems around the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.
Research areas: carbon cycles, atmospheric compositions and chemistry, remote sensing, atmosphere-biosphere interactions, atmospheric modelling
Dr Mengze Li is a research scholar at Stanford University, USA. His research interests include carbon cycles, atmospheric compositions and chemistry (e.g. greenhouse gas and volatile organic compound emissions), remote sensing, atmosphere-biosphere interactions, atmospheric modeling, and indoor chemistry. His current research uses observations (remote sensing, airborne and ground-based) and atmospheric modeling to quantify atmospheric gas emissions from natural and anthropogenic sources, such as wetlands, wildfires, oil and gas, and their impacts on climate change. Before joining Stanford University, he received his Ph.D. from Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany and worked as postdoctoral researcher there and at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA.
Dr Sagar Parajuli is a Research Scientist at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia with expertise in Regional (WRF-Chem) and Global (CESM) Climate Modeling, Air Quality Modeling, and Big Data Analysis. His current research is focused on understanding how dust aerosols impact regional air quality and rainfall processes. His research interests include Environmental Policies, Natural Resource Management, Public Health, Human Well Being, and Sustainable Development. Before joining KAUST, Dr. Parajuli worked at The University of California, Irvine as a postdoctoral researcher and obtained his PhD degree in Geosciences (2016) from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA He did his Master’s Degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, which is now a part of Khalifa University and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Institute of Engineering, Lalitpur, Nepal.
Research areas: Greenhouse gases, Air pollution, Chemistry-climate interaction
Dr Prabir Patra is a principal scientist and deputy group leader at the Earth Surface System Research Center (ESS), JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Japan. He has completed his Ph.D. from Gujarat University, India in 1998. Prior to joining JAMSTEC, he worked at the IBM India Research Laboratory in New Delhi. His research focus is on sources and sinks of the three major greenhouse gases, using atmospheric chemistry-transport models as well as measurements by in situ and remote sensing techniques. He is a contributor to Global Carbon Project’s CO2, CH4 and N2O budgets and served as a Lead Author of the IPCC AR6 (WG1) and a Science Steering Committee member of the GCP, and NASA OCO2/3 and JAXA GOSAT-GW.
Dr Yinon 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.
Research areas: atmospheric dust cycle, dust sources, desert meteorology, natural aerosols, remote sensing
Dr Kerstin 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.
Agriculture & food systems
Research areas: Large-scale crop modelling, Water footprint, Agricultural water resources, Water scarcity, Water-food-environment-trade nexus, Non-point pollution, Environmental flows, Climate extremes
Dr Wenfeng Liu is a professor at the College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, China Agricultural University, China. After completing his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) in Switzerland, he conducted his post-doctoral research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Switzerland and the Le Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) in France. His research mainly focuses on the coupling and mutual-feedback relationship of water-nutrient-food-environment-trade on a large scale. He has carried out research on the development and application of large-scale crop-hydrological models. He is the recipient of the Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize. He is now interested in agricultural water resources and extreme climate.
Research areas: Environmental modelling, pollution, terrestrial carbon and nitrogen cycles, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental impacts in food system
Dr. Fiona Tang is a lecturer in the Discipline of Agronomy and Soil Science in the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England, Australia. Prior to her current position, she held postdoctoral positions in the Department of Crop Production Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) and the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Sydney. She is an environmental modeller, working on a diverse interdisciplinary research projects around pollution, terrestrial carbon and nitrogen cycles, and sustainability. Her research interest lies in understanding the complex feedback between hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and the anthroposphere.
Research areas: Regional and Earth System Modeling, Monsoon Climates, Tropical and Mid-latitude Climate, Climate Change and Climate Variability, Extreme events
Dr Akinsanola is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago, USA, and also holds a joint appointment position at the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Climate Science from the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. He utilizes varieties of climate models and observations to better understand climate dynamics, especially processes that impact tropical and mid-latitude precipitation. He has earlier worked as a Lecturer at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria, and as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Geography, University of Georgia, USA. He has extensively taught and conducted scientific research in the areas of tropical monsoon systems and currently leads as co-chair, the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR)/Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) working group of African Monsoon.
Research areas: Wildland fire, smoke, air quality, ecosystem-climate interactions, land-atmospheric interactions, climate change
Dr Yongqiang Liu is a Research Meteorologist and Leader of Atmospheric Science Team at Center for Forest Disturbance Science, USDA Forest Service. He holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Dynamics from Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. He conducted post-doctoral research on land-atmospheric interactions in Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. Before joining US Forest Service, Dr. Liu conducted research on regional climate modeling in the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado and on the climate impact of atmospheric aerosol in Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. His current research is focused on ecosystem-climate interactions through conducting field measurement, data analysis, and numerical modeling to understand wildland fires and other forest disturbances, the environmental and human health impacts, and interactions with climate. He has been leading several US Forest Service wildfire smoke projects in recent years, including comprehensive fuel-fire-smoke-meteorology field campaigns and national fire and smoke assessments, and served as a leading author for a number of review and synthesis papers on wildfire, smoke, and climate change.
Research areas: Land-Atmosphere interactions; Anthropogenic effects on the water cycle; Climate variabilities
Dr Min-Hui Lo is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taiwan. Dr. Lo obtained his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine, United States, in 2010. After returning to Taiwan in 2012, Dr. Lo’s research has concentrated on understanding linkages and feedbacks between the land and the atmosphere, focusing specifically on how land hydrological processes affect the local/regional/global climate and exploring how human activities impact the hydrological cycle across these scales by using satellite datasets, in-situ observations, reanalysis datasets, and climate models.
Joy Merwin Monteiro
Research areas: Geophysical fluid dynamics, extreme events, climate modelling frameworks
Dr Joy 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.
Research areas: Atmospheric modeling, cloud physics and dynamics, cloud-radiation interactions
Dr Sylvia Sullivan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and a courtesy appointment in the Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Science. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech in 2012 with a minor in Environmental Sciences and her Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2017 with a minor in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. She completed postdocs at Columbia University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology before joining the UA. Dr. Sullivan's research is broadly interested in scale interactions of atmospheric phenomena, particularly the impact of small-scale cloud processes on large-scale variables of social relevance like rainfall intensities and circulation patterns.
Research areas: Paleoclimate modeling, Climate dynamics from past to future, Climate-ice sheet interaction, Tropical climate dynamics, Global monsoon variability
Dr Kyung-Sook Yun is an Associate Researcher at the IBS Center for Climate Physics, South Korea. She holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea, with a focus on climate changes in El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-monsoon interaction. She studies various Scientific questions in the areas of tropical climate dynamics, global monsoon variability, and atmospheric circulation. Her research activities also include future climate changes based on the multi-model ensembles of Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP)-class simulations. Recently, she has extended her research field into paleoclimate modeling to better understand the climate-ice sheet interaction and paleo-climate dynamics in glacial-interglacial cycles.
Research areas: Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, ocean acidification, calcification, photosynthesis, coral reefs, kelp forests, geochemistry of carbonates
Dr Christopher Cornwall is a Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a research Theme Leader in the Centre of Research Excellence, Coastal People: Southern Skies. He graduated from a PhD at Otago University in 2013 and conducted postdoctoral research at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Research, Hobart, and the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the University of Western Australia, Perth. His research examines how kelp forests and coral reefs function today and how this will be altered by future ocean acidification and warming in the context of variability in the environment (e.g. pH, water motion and light). Recent work focuses on determining mechanism of resistance/tolerance against climate change exploring the role of organism physiological, adaptive/acclamatory processes, and environmental interactions. He uses a holistic range of techniques, including ecology, physiology, geochemistry, carbonate chemistry, physics and modelling of oceanography and ecosystems to answer cutting-edge questions.
Research areas: Coastal processes, Coastal hazards, Coastal vulnerability, Coastal sustainability and management, Delta evolution, Multi-scale coastal dynamics
Dr Olusegun Dada is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Marine Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He received a PhD in Marine Geology and a Doctor of Natural Science from the Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China. For more than 10 years, he has taught and conducted extensive research on diverse topics related to coastal vulnerability, coastal management and sustainability, coastal processes, delta evolution and multiscale coastal dynamics. His research to date has advanced the field of coastal oceanography. Beyond academic studies and scientific publications, his research has important societal applications to the coastal environment. He is a recipient of many scholarships and fellowship awards. He was a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD). He was based at the Laboratoire d’Etudies en Geophysique et Oceanographie Spatiales (LEGOS), Toulouse, France, where he coordinated the regional West Africa Coastal Area - mapping Vulnerability, Adaptability, and Resilience in a Changing Climate (WACA-VAR) project, a project that focuses on monitoring multiscale coasts evolutions under changing climate along the West Africa coast.
Research areas: Seafloor morphology; seismic reflection; stratigraphy; sea level; marine geology
Dr Andrew Green is a coastal and marine geologist at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa with interests in shelf geomorphology and stratigraphy. His particular interests lie in the sedimentological and geomorphic archives of shelves and their use in reconstructing sea level change and palaeo-storminess from around the world. He has been recognised with several awards including the South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic/National Research Foundation Emerging Scientists Award, and the American Geophysical Union's Africa award for excellence in Ocean Sciences.
Research areas: Coastal processes, Sea-level change, Environmental change & Climate change
Dr Nicole Khan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. The overarching theme of her research is the use of sedimentary, microfossil and geochemical indicators to produce and synthesize records of present and past sea levels, storms, and floods, and their extent of geological and ecological impacts. These records provide means to assess future risk, reveal the spatial and temporal variability of coastal inundation and decipher the relationship of these events to global climatic changes.
Research areas: natural hazards, coastal hazards, sea level change, geomorphology, quaternary geology, shallow geophysics, time series analysis, science communication
Dr Adam 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).
Research areas: Climate Variability, Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems, Coastal and Shelf Seas
Dr Jennifer Veitch is a physical oceanographer who uses numerical models as a tool to better understand ocean processes that are difficult to observe in a cohesive way using in situ or satellite data. Her area of expertise is in the South East Atlantic that is subject to Indo-Atlantic interactions that impact both the local processes of the Benguela eastern boundary upwelling system, as well as the global climate system via their role in the global thermohaline circulation. Jennifer received her PhD from the Department of Oceanography at the University of Cape Town, which focused on understanding the equilibrium dynamics of the Benguela upwelling system. She is currently based at the South African Environmental Network (SAEON) and heads up the SOMISANA Initiative (A Sustainable Ocean Modelling Initiative: a South African Approach).
Research areas: land subsidence modeling; hydrology; geomechanics; bayesian inference;
Dr Claudia Zoccarato is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering of the University of Padova, Italy. She did her Ph.D. in numerical modeling of geomechanical issues (i.e. land subsidence) related to subsurface resources exploitation such as gas extraction or injection of fluids in deep reservoirs, focusing on model calibration through data assimilation techniques. During her post-docs she moved her focus from anthropogenic subsidence to natural subsidence in coastal areas such as deltas and lagoons, estimating the future resilience of such environments with respect to increasing mean sea level. She has expertise in numerical modeling and field monitoring with recent studies in measuring salt-marshes vulnerability to sea-level rise by implementing innovative in-situ loading experiments carried out in the Lagoon of Venice. Recently she is studying the restoration of intertidal environments and the subsurface importance to build resilient ecosystems. She is an affiliate member of the UNESCO Land Subsidence International Initiative (LaSII).
Energy & resources
I-Yun Lisa Hsieh
Research areas: Net-Zero Transition, Energy Economics, Environmental Policy, Smart Grid, Green Mobility, and Climate Justice
Dr. I-Yun Lisa Hsieh is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and holds a joint appointment position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan. She received her B.S. degree, with double majors in Chemical Engineering and Finance, from NTU in 2014, and completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2020. During her Ph.D. studies, Dr. Hsieh made significant contributions as a core member to the MIT Energy Initiative's Mobility of the Future study, which plays a crucial role in MIT's plan for action on climate change. Dr. Hsieh’s research centers on energy policy, renewable generation, low-carbon transportation, and sustainable development, aiming to accelerate the world's transition to a net-zero emissions future. By advancing knowledge, generating innovative ideas, and developing robust methodologies, Dr. Hsieh addresses the pressing challenges of effectively reducing energy-related CO2 and pollution emissions while meeting the increasing global energy demand.
Research areas: Bio-chemical-remediation, geo-mineralization, sustainable urban mining, exploitation of energy-critical minerals, CO2 mitigation and circular economy
Dr Sadia Ilyas is a Brain Pool Scientist, National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and a Research Professor in the Department of Earth Resources & Environmental Engineering at Hanyang University (Seoul), South Korea. She has a strong background in inorganic chemistry and earned her Ph.D. in 2011 with doctoral research at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad focused on the metals-to-microbes interactions in the geo-environment and their application in sustainable exploitation of valuable metals from lean-grade minerals and the burgeoning legacy of the digital world. Focusing on more real-time problems in interdisciplinary research domains, Dr. Ilyas is driven to green process developments by combining the microbial activities with solvo-chemistry in the mobilization of critical raw minerals to clean and renewable energy. Her research addresses a broad range of issues related to the sustainability of the Earth and environment, dealing mainly with the precursor preparation for green energy applications, bio-geo-mineralization, bio-chemical-remediation of industrial effluents and mine tailings, treatment of geo-hazards, solid-waste management and urban mining, resource recycling of valuable metals including spent Li-ion batteries and autocatalytic converters, and circular economy that ultimately contributes to reduce the carbon footprints due to the traditional mining and other anthropogenic activities.
Research areas: Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases, Short-Lived Climate Forcers (SLCFs), Energy Economics, Policy & Planning
Dr Pallav Purohit is a Senior Research Scholar in the Energy, Climate, and Environment Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. His research focuses on solving immediate and near-term environmental (health and ecosystems impacts from pollution), climate (non-CO2 greenhouse gases), and social (widening inequality gaps) problems in a cost-effective way, providing support to policy making at local and regional scales. Dr. Purohit received his MSc in Physics from the H.N.B. Garhwal University, India in 1998 and his PhD in Energy Policy and Planning from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, in 2005. Before joining IIASA in 2007, Purohit worked as an e8 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Research Program on International Climate Policy, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) in Germany. His research interests include integrated assessment of air pollution and greenhouse gases, fluorinated greenhouse gases, short-lived climate pollutants, energy economics, policy, and planning.
Dr Alessandro 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.
Geochemistry and Petrology
Research areas: Geobiology, nutrient cycling
Dr Moji 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.
Research areas: Geochemistry, global elemental and isotopic cycles
Dr Xiao-Ming Liu is a geochemist who studies the composition, processes, evolution, and other aspects of the Earth and other planets. She is currently a Colin McMillan Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in 2015, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Maryland, and joint B.S. degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and the China University of Geosciences (Beijing). She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2019. She has won the 2021 Early Career Geological Award from the Geological Society of America (GSA), Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Volcanology & Petrology Division. She has been working on understanding fundamental questions related to the evolution of Earth, including 1). Chemical weathering and its influence on the global carbon cycle and crustal evolution; 2). Evolution of Earth’s surface environments; 3). Geochemistry of fluid-rock interactions.
Emma Nicholson (Liu)
Research areas: Volcanology, igneous petrology, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing
Dr Emma Nicholson (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.
Research areas: Petrology, Magma reservoirs, magma transfer
Dr Lucia Pappalardo is a Senior Researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Italy. She received her PhD in Geophysics and Volcanology investigating large-scale explosive eruptions at the University of Naples Federico II. Her expertise is in volcanology and petrology with a specific focus on a) magma chamber evolution and eruption triggers; b) processes and timescale of magma ascent in volcanic conduits and their relationship with volcanic unrest indicators; c) characterization of the geothermal system through the study of the interaction of rocks with volcanic fluids and gases; d) quantitative analysis of X-ray microCT images of geomaterials.
Research areas: Paleoclimate, provenance analysis, detrital zircon U-Pb dating, aeolian deposit and transport
Dr Yuan Shang is a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Finland. She received a double-doctorate degree in Geology at the University of Helsinki and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2018. Previously, she held a postdoctoral position at the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, before returning to Finland in 2023. Her expertise lies in sedimentology and Quaternary Geology, with a broad interest in understanding earth surface processes and climate change. In her research, she examines both terrestrial and coastal stratigraphic records to investigate sediment sources, transport processes, and decode information about past climate and environment from those records. She is particularly interested in studying how sedimentary processes respond to tectonic movements, climate change, and human activities at different spatiotemporal scales. Currently, she is dedicated to the battery raw material traceability study using a combination of both established and novel geochemical techniques.
Research areas: Mineral and Hydrocarbon Resources, Ore Deposits, Re-Os Isotope Geochemistry, Mass Extinctions, Mercury, Critical Minerals, Graphite, Black Shales, Trace Metals, Radiogenic and Stable Isotope Applications for Paleoenvironment Reconstruction
Dr. Holly Stein is a research professor at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is a Fulbright Scholar, and received the SEG Silver Medal (2005), Helmholtz-Humboldt Research Prize (2008), Bunsen Medal in Geochemistry from EGU (2020), and Scholarship and Innovation Award from CSU (2022). She holds a BS from Western Illinois University and MS and PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1996 Prof. Holly Stein founded the soft-money AIRIE Program at Colorado State University (CSU), and in 2000 she established a collaborative research exchange with the Geological Survey of Norway, bringing Re-Os (rhenium-osmium) geochronology to Scandinavia’s bedrock. Beginning September 2022, AIRIE joined Innosphere Ventures as the first commercial Re-Os laboratory for geochronology and Os-Hg tracer studies, from resource geology (minerals and petroleum) to remediation and nuclear waste sites.
Research areas: High-pressure experimental petrology; Mineral physics; Fluid geochemistry; Deep Carbon cycle, Water-rock interaction
Dr. Renbiao Tao is a staff scientist at Center for High Pressure Science & Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR) in China. He received his Ph.D. in high-pressure metamorphic geology at Peking University, China. Then he successively worked as postdoc in high-pressure experimental petrology and geochemistry at Carnegie Institution for Science and University de Lyon. Now he is the Principal Investigator of a high-pressure Earth and planetary science group at HPSTAR. His research is focused on deep carbon cycle processes and their environmental effect. High-pressure and high-temperature mineral physics and fluid geochemistry also fall within his research interests.
Geophysics and Geodynamics
Research areas: Themochrometry; Low-Temperature Thermochronology, Fission Track
Dr Maria-Laura Balestrieri is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources of the National Research Council (CNR), Italy where she is responsible for the fission-track laboratory. She completed her Ph.D. in Earth Sciences at the Consorzio Università Parma, Ferrara, Firenze e Pavia (Italy) and was trained in thermochronometry at the La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia) and at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (UK). For several years she has been involved in the Italian National Antarctic Research Project (PNRA) and she participated to two Antarctic campaigns. Her research is focussed on low-temperature thermochronology applied to different geodynamic settings and integrates bedrock and detrital thermochronology. She is a member of the International Standing Committee on Thermochronology (ISCT).
Research areas: Earthquake physics, tectonic geodesy
Dr Sylvain Barbot studied earthquake physics and tectonic geodesy at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California at San Diego), and, as a postdoc, at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Barbot was a Nanyang Assistant Professor and National Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Asian School of the Environment. He is now an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California where he conducts research on the physics of friction, fault dynamics, and lithospheric deformation during the seismic cycle.
Luca Dal Zilio
Research areas: Tectonics, geodynamics, seismology, earthquake physics, numerical modelling
Dr Luca 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.
Research areas: Tectonics, geodynamics, marine geology, modelling, Earth system
Dr João 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.
Research areas: Tectonics, plate kinematics, geodynamics, structural geology, geochronology, paleomagnetism
Dr Derya Gürer is a Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 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.
Dr Claire Nichols is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK. 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.
Research areas: radar imaging geodesy, crustal deformation, natural hazards
Dr Teng Wang is an Assistant Professor at the Geophysics Department, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China. He received Ph.D. degrees in information technology from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China and Politecnico di Milano, Milan Italy in 2010. Then he conducted his post-doctoral researches at several institutes worldwide, including the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, Southern Methodist University in the USA. Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Since 2018, he leads the radar imaging geodesy group at Peking University. His research focuses on analyzing radar signals reflected from the Earth surface, which allows mapping mm-cm level ground deformation with a resolution up to a few meters. The derived deformation measurements can improve our understanding of many geo-processes such as plate tectonics, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, hydrological processes, crustal rebound, and many more.
J. Kim Welford
Research areas: Seismology, Tectonics, Rifted Margins, Potential Fields, Kinematic Plate Reconstructions
Dr. J. Kim Welford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, where she leads the Memorial Applied Geophysics for Rift Tectonics (MAGRiT) research group. She holds a B.Sc. in Planetary Sciences from McGill University (1997) in Montreal and both an M.Sc. (2000) and a Ph.D. (2004) in Geophysics/Seismology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Kim is an applied controlled-source seismologist with extensive expertise in potential field methods and kinematic plate reconstructions. She embraces a multidisciplinary research approach to solving Earth science problems and is most passionate about lithospheric-scale plate tectonic targets, particularly those focused on extensional tectonics and rifted margins, with the margins of the North Atlantic Ocean acting as her primary research laboratory. Kim is in direct supervisorial lineage from renowned Canadian geophysicist Dr. J. Tuzo Wilson, architect of the Wilson cycle, and she feels a responsibility to continue his legacy toward improving our understanding of tectonics on Earth and also on other planetary bodies.
Dr Christophe 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.
Research areas: Aerosol science, Atmospheric Chemistry, Material exchange among air, snow, and ocean, Air pollution, Antarctica, Southern Ocean, Arctic
Dr. Keiichiro Hara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science, Faculty of Science, Fukuoka University in Japan. His current research focuses on aerosol science, atmospheric chemistry, and material exchange among air, snow, and ocean. Particularly, he is interested in atmospheric cycles of aerosols and reactive gases in polar regions and their climate impacts. He received BS and MS in Chemistry from Tokyo University of Science in Japan, and Ph.D in Particle and Astrophysical Science from Nagoya University in Japan. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at National Institute of Polar Research in Japan and Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany.
Research areas: The effect of climate change on polar marine sea-ice biota and related ecosystems. Micro plastic in Arctic environments. Biological sources of climate relevant trace gases in the ocean
Dr Ilka Peeken is a researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany, where she investigates the biology, biogeochemistry and pollution of sea ice. She studied Marine Biology at the University of Kiel, and for her PhD project at the former Institute for Marine Sciences (IfM), she developed methods for directly recording difficult-to-measure ecosystem processes in the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans using marker pigments. After her PhD she worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, USA, focusing on the measurement of stable isotopes in pigments from marine sediments. In 2000, she returned to the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in Kiel studying the effect of the micronutrient iron on algae in the Southern Ocean and focused on the role marine algae for the production of climate-relevant trace gases in tropical regions. From 2008 she worked in a collaborative project between the University of Bremen and the AWI, and started investigations about the effect of climate change on polar sea-ice biota and related ecosystems, particularly in the Arctic. In 2013, she began working at the AWI, where her primary focus is currently on the connections between sea ice and the various algae living within and beneath it with special emphasis on biodiversity changes. Her aim is to estimate the extent to which climate change is altering the sea-ice habitat and what these changes mean for the cryo- pelagic and cryo-benthic coupling. At the same time, she is investigating sea-ice contamination due to microplastic particles and the consequences of this pollution for sea-ice organisms.
Research areas: glaciers, ice sheets, ice-ocean/lake interactions, Greenland, Antarctica, Patagonia
Dr Shin 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.
Hydrology & freshwater biogeochemistry
Research areas: Hydro(geo)logy, machine learning, time series analysis, water quality, climate change
Dr. Rahim Barzegar is an assistant professor at the Research Institute on Mines and the Environment (RIME) at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) in Canada. He holds a PhD in Hydrogeology from the University of Tabriz in Iran. He also completed postdoctoral fellowships at McGill University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Waterloo University in Canada. His primary area of research focuses on exploring novel approaches in hydro(geo)logical and environmental modeling, specifically using machine learning and deep learning techniques. In addition, he is actively involved in other research endeavors such as time series analysis and modeling, water quality assessment, groundwater vulnerability/risk assessment, water resources management, and examining the impacts of climate change on water resources.
Research areas: Greenhouse gases, biogeochemistry, hydrology, hydrogeology, radio- and stable isotopes
Dr Joshua Dean is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, 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.
Research areas: Hydrology, soil-vegetation-atmosphere, ecohydrology, evapotranspiration, water and carbon cycles, water governance
Dr Rodolfo Nobrega is a Lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK. He is an ecohydrologist interested in understanding the role of water in ecosystems and its synergy with other terrestrial biosphere and anthroposphere components. Rodolfo completed his doctoral studies at the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany, and worked on research projects as a postdoc at the University of Reading and Imperial College London, UK. He uses plot, community, and catchment scales to identify and assess ecosystem processes on regional and global levels to support theories that reduce equifinality in hydrology and Earth System science models.
Research areas: Ecotoxicology, Biomonitoring, Ecological Risk Assessment, Fish Embryotoxicity, Whole Effluent Toxicity, Aquatic Toxicology, Climate Change Indices-Organic Pollutants-Fisheries Interactions, Environmental Evidence Synthesis, Environmental Risk Perception, Low-Cost Pollution Management Technologies
Dr Temitope Sogbanmu is an Environmental Toxicologist with several years of cognate experience in applying innovative ecological and toxicological techniques in monitoring, risk assessment and management of organic pollutants and emerging pollutants including wastewaters in various matrices. This is with a view to developing and providing targeted environmental management advice to various publics. She holds a BSc in Zoology and PhD in Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Management with short-term doctoral and post-doctoral trainings in the UK, Canada and Germany. She is a serial multiple award/grant winning scholar, Editorial Board member and reviewer of several environmental journals. Dr Sogbanmu is the Founder, Evidence Use in Environmental Policymaking in Nigeria (EUEPiN); Affiliate, African Academy of Sciences; Advisory Board Member, One Health and Development Initiative and active member, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), among others. She is a Senior Lecturer and Team Lead of the Environmental Evidence Synthesis and Knowledge Translation (EESKT) Research Group, TETFund Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Dr Sogbanmu is an advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6, 11, 13, and 14, African Union Agenda 2063 Goal 7, Evidence for Policy, Science and Risk Communication.
Research areas: Surface water hydrology, groundwater hydrology, modelling, karst geology and hydrology, flood risk, time series analysis, sustainable water management.
Patricia Spellman is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida in the School of Geosciences. Broadly, she is a surface and groundwater hydrologist whose research is centralized around improving water resource management. She obtained her M.S. in geology modelling fluid flow in fractured karst aquifers during floods. She followed with a PhD in water resources engineering using surface water models to improve flood risk estimates in permeable catchments under different climate change scenarios. During her post-doctorate work, she studied agricultural impacts to a large karst aquifer by using combined surface and groundwater models used in her previous graduate research. Her current research draws on her multidisciplinary education employing fieldwork, time series analysis and geochemical and hydrological modelling to understand climate, anthropogenic, and landscape controls on water quality and quantity. Dr. Spellman works collaboratively with water resource agencies and uses her research to inform resource management and improve decision-making tools.
Research areas: Tropical ocean circulation and dynamics; air-sea coupled climate variability and climate change; regional sea level variability and change; extreme sea level events and marine heatwaves.
Dr. Weiqing Han is a professor of physical oceanography and climate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her PhD at Nova Southeastern University in 1999. Her research focuses on large-scale tropical ocean circulation and dynamics, air-sea coupling, regional sea level variability and change, extreme events, and intraseasonal-to-decadal climate variability and climate change.
Jose Luis Iriarte
Research areas: Antarctic and Subantarctic marine ecosystems, air-sea interactions, ocean biogeochemistry, ocean variability, Anthropogenic effects on aquatic systems
Dr Jose Luis Iriarte is a Full Professor of the Aquaculture Institute at the Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile and a Principal Scientist in the Center Dynamics of High Latitude Marine Ecosystems. His research focuses on phytoplankton ecology in Antarctic and subantarctic systems. Since 2000, his main line of research has been focused in studying the dynamics of dissolved inorganic major nutrients related to phytoplankton blooms, as well as observing long term changes in climatic, hydrological and oceanographic variables in the fjords and their effects on phytoplankton biomass and primary productivity. At present, significant research efforts is focused on pH/pCO2 dynamics through time-series analyses, to assess the annual variability in the carbonate systems to climatological/hydrologic variability in glacier-fjord system and how they respond to natural perturbations (e.g. El Niño/La Niña, SAM, volcanic eruption). All these results will aid understanding for the role of main drivers (Climate Change, regional anthropogenic impacts) that explain the seasonal and inter-annual variability of autotrophic/heterotrophic microbial processes in present and future productivity scenarios in Antarctic and subantarctic marine systems
Viviane Vasconcellos de Menezes
Research areas: ocean circulation, air-sea interaction, water mass formation, Antarctic Bottom Water, Indian Ocean, Red Sea
Dr Viviane Menezes is an Assistant Scientist at the Physical Oceanography Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), US. Her research focuses on the 3D circulation and air-sea interaction of the monsoon-dominated Indian Ocean (and its marginal seas) and the Southern Ocean. She is particularly interested in understanding the recent changes in Antarctic Bottom Water and the abyssal and deep circulation-- crucial components of the global overturning circulation that regulates the Earth’s climate in multiple time scales. Before moving to the US for a postdoc at WHOI, Viviane Menezes was awarded a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences by the CSIRO-University of Tasmania Joint Program in Hobart, Australia. She has a MS in Remote Sensing from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and a BS in oceanography from the Rio the Janeiro State University (UERJ), Brazil.
Research areas: Climate variability, large-scale ocean and atmospheric dynamics and teleconnection patterns in the Southern Hemisphere, extreme events
Dr Regina 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.
Research areas: marine biogeochemistry, marine microbes, trace metal biogeochemistry, phytoplankton, microbial interactions
Dr Erin Bertrand is an Associate Professor of Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Marine Microbial Proteomics. She earned her PhD in Chemical Oceanography in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/ MIT Joint Program and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Scripps Inst. Oceanography and the J. Craig Venter Institute. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of marine microbes, micronutrients, and microbial interactions in ocean biogeochemistry. Her research group has field programs in the Arctic, Southern Ocean, and North Atlantic and employs physiological, biochemical, and bioanalytical approaches to study mechanisms behind microbial processes in the ocean, with the overarching aim of improving our understanding of how marine microbes respond to and influence global change.
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
Dr Annie 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.
Research areas: marine biogeochemistry, chemical oceanography, sediments, diagenesis, carbonates, carbon dioxide
Dr Olivier Sulpis (he/him) is a research scientist working at the Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement (CEREGE), in Aix-en-Provence, France. The CEREGE is an international multidisciplinary research and teaching centre, which covers almost all the Environmental Geosciences, from Martian mineralogy to water treatment, tectonics, paleoclimatology, geochemistry, physical chemistry and process analysis. He holds a PhD from McGill University. He is primarily interested in the carbon cycles in the Anthropocene’s Oceans. He uses numerical models, laboratory experiments and in-situ observations to understand how sediments and organisms at the seafloor regulate the climate of our planet. His research also explores the fate of organic matter in the ocean, thermodynamics of seawater and carbon dioxide removal.
Research areas: Zooplankton Ecology Biological Carbon Pump Pelagic carbon and nitrogen cycles
Dr. Mike Stukel is a pelagic ecologist and biogeochemist and an associate professor at Florida State University. His research spans the intersection of plankton ecology and marine biogeochemistry. He has a particular research focus on the multiple pathways by which plankton sequester carbon in the deep ocean via the biological carbon pump. This research takes him on field campaigns around the planet and also necessitates the use of advanced numerical modeling approaches. Stukel has a love for all the zooplankton of the oceans and a passion for understanding how these microscopic organisms influence everything from the global climate to local fisheries yield. Appendicularians are his favorite plankton. Unless it's ctenophores. Or salps. Perhaps phaeodarians, krill, Lingulodinium polyedrum, hyperiid amphipods, Tomopteris, or pyrosomes. It might be copepods. But he doesn't like chaetognaths.
Research areas: Quaternary Paleoclimatology, Paleoceanography, past monsoon variability, abrupt climate changes, human-climate interaction, Indo-Pacific Warm Pool changes, carbonate shell geochemistry
Dr Yama Dixit is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Technology Delhi, India. She obtained a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Cambridge after a Masters in Environmental Sciences (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry (Hansraj College, Delhi University). Her broad area of research focusses on Quaternary paleoclimatology, in particular in the tropics, reconstruction of past monsoon and Indo-Pacific warm pool rainfall variability, changes in hydrology, abrupt climate changes and its impacts on ancient societies. To decipher past changes in rainfall, temperature and salinity, she uses the stable isotope and trace element composition of biogenic carbonates and geochemistry of sediments. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, she has postdoctoral experiences as a Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and Marie Curie Prestige and LabexMER fellow at IFREMER France.
Research areas: Palaeoclimate and climate change, palaeolimnology, speleothem science, carbonate geochemistry and sedimentology, human-landscape interaction
Dr Ola 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.
Research areas: Paleoclimate, climate change, paleoceanography, El Niño-Southern Oscillation, coral geochemistry, marine sediment cores, human-climate-environment interactions
Dr Helen McGregor is Professor in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences, University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. McGregor leads the Paleoclimate and Environment Research Lab at UOW, is Deputy Lead of the Climate Change Theme in the Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative ‘Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future’ and has held leadership roles in the Past Global Changes 2k Network.
McGregor researches how and why climate varies, past and present. Her focus is to advance our understanding of some of the most serious threats facing society, including global climate change, El Niño-Southern Oscillation, and the consequences of human-climate-environment interactions, particularly for some of the world’s most vulnerable regions: Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef. McGregor aims to unlock the potential in others to understand the world around us and to that end, has an active interest in science communication and Earth and environmental science teaching. McGregor received her PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) and prior to her current role has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Bremen, Germany, jointly at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and UOW, and at ANU.
Sze Ling Ho
Research areas: Paleoclimate, paleoceanography, biogeochemistry, seawater temperature proxy, proxy-model comparison, lipid biomarker, foraminifera
Dr Sze 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.
Research areas: Palaeoclimate, biogeochemistry, climate modelling, geochemistry
Dr Rachael 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.
Sustainability and policy
Research areas: public policy and governance, energy, climate, urban sustainability, resource conservation, transport electrification, circular economy
Dr Omar I. Asensio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, US. His research centers on the application of data science to public policy and governance issues, with interests in energy systems and consumer behavior, resource conservation and sustainability, smart cities and digital innovation, transportation and electric mobility. Prof. Asensio uses statistical and computational tools to advance our understanding of how large-scale data and field experiments can be used to increase participation in civic processes, while addressing resource conservation and environmental sustainability challenges with emerging technologies. Prof. Asensio’s work has been cited in policy advisory communications by the COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact, the European Commission, NSF Public Affairs, and by national governments including the UK Science & Innovation Unit, and the Indian Government’s AI initiative. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and is a member of the New Voices cohort of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Prof. Asensio is a faculty participant in the Research University Alliance (RUA) Research Exchange and is engaged in multiple activities to increase the representation of women and under-represented students and professionals in STEM fields.
Research areas: human-biosphere interactions, earth system modelling, carbon and nutrient cycles, land management
Dr Jinfeng Chang is a researcher at the College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University, China and also a guest research scholar at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. After obtaining his PhD from Universite de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), he conducted his post-doctoral research at IPSL (France) on the carbon and nutrient cycles of terrestrial ecosystems, especially grasslands, at regional and global scale. Before his return to China, he worked as a research scholar at IIASA, where his research focused on the impacts of climate and socio-economic land use change on the nutrient balance of agricultural systems. He is now interested in the integrated assessment of land system and the impacts of climate change and management.
Research areas: Health dimensions of climate change, Politics of sustainable development, Human rights
Dr Niheer Dasandi is an Associate Professor in Politics and Development in the International Development/School of Government at the University of Birmingham (UK). He has a PhD in political science from University College London (UK). His research broadly looks at the politics of sustainable development. In particular, his work focuses on the health dimensions of climate change, in which he considers issues related to political engagement, public attitudes, and policymaking. His research also looks at the relationship between sustainable development and human rights. Niheer has been part of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change since 2016, and is the co-lead of the politics and governance working group in the Lancet Countdown in Europe. He is also part of the Horizon Europe-funded project, CATALYSE, which seeks to develop and communicate evidence of the health impacts of climate change and respond to the urgent need for solution.
Ida N. S. Djenontin
Research areas: Nature-Society (Human-Environment) Geography; Environment and Development; Environmental Governance and Policy; Human Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; Social Equity; Sustainable Livelihoods; Gender; Youth; Sub-Saharan Africa
Ida Djenontin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Penn State University (USA). She is also a Visiting Fellow with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment of the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). As a human-environment geographer and interdisciplinary-trained social scientist, Ida’s research interests center on the human dimensions of interlinked environmental and climate change issues affecting forest-agricultural systems. Ida examines the governance and institutional challenges and the socio-cultural and economic dimensions of environmental degradation, resource conservation and restoration, and climate change adaptation & mitigation. She approaches such environment-development governance issues affecting land uses from a geospatial perspective and draws on political ecology, institutional analysis, critical development studies, and peasant studies. She seeks to address the sustainability goal of balancing biodiversity, mitigation, and other ecological needs with natural resource-based livelihoods and food security and development aspirations. She has over 12 years of research experience, with a wide range of regional African and international experience, through which she has gained first-hand understanding of diverse socio-political and cultural contexts, which informs her research and teaching.
Ana Teresa Lima
Research areas: Understanding the natural and built environments using (bio)geochemical, engineering, and modeling tools. Use of circular economy practices in achieving more sustainable construction materials value chains.
Dr Ana T. Lima is a senior researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. Her work fringes the natural and built environments, using (bio)geochemical, engineering, and modeling tools to understand nutrients and contaminants' reactions in different environments: soil, water, particulate matter and waste. For the last 15+ years, she has worked across several continents and thematic areas, helping her reach a level of trans- and inter-disciplinarity necessary to bring light to the field of sustainability and circular economy. Her main areas of expertise include biogeochemistry, environmental and civil engineering, and sustainability.
Research areas: disaster risk reduction, disaster risk creation, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, disaster governance
Dr Emmanuel Raju is currently Director of the Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research- inter-institutional research center COPE. He is an Associate Professor at the Global Health section at the Department of Public Health. Emmanuel's research interests include disaster risk reduction; climate change adaptation; disaster recovery and governance. He also holds an Extraordinary Associate Professor position at the African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, South Africa.
Research areas: soil microbial ecology, nutrient cycling, terrestrial ecosystems, global change, stable isotopes, agricultural management, greenhouse gas emissions, soil carbon sequestration, N2 fixation
Dr Kate Buckeridge is a Senior Research Associate at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg. Before joining LIST in 2021, she obtained a PhD in ecosystem ecology from Queen’s University, Canada, where she researched how increased snow depth alters Arctic tundra nitrogen cycling. She worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the US and UK, investigating the impact of Arctic permafrost thaw on soil microbes and biogeochemistry, nitrogen and carbon cycling along a Boreal climate gradient, and how land-use intensity influences microbial physiology in agricultural grasslands. She uses stables isotopes as tracers of plant litter and microbial necromass, combined with microbial genomics, to explore the relationship between microbial community structure and ecosystem function. Her current research investigates how climate and agricultural management interact to influence soil microbial physiology, and how this impacts soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.
Research areas: plant-soil interactions, microbial community ecology, nutrient cycling, terrestrial ecosystems, global change
Dr Erika 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.
Research areas: wetland biogeochemistry, molecular ecology, soil microbes, carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, helophyte, sphagnum, peatlands, global change
Dr Huai Chen is a professor of ecology and Deputy Director General of Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. His research is focused on the terrestrial biogeochemical processes that affect climate, particularly the cycling of carbon and nitrogen. His research team has projects to study carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and their molecular mechanism, especially for peatlands.
His research achievements won him the APEC “Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education” in 2020.
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
Dr Leiyi Chen is a professor at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBCAS), China. 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.
Research areas: atmosphere-plant-soil interactions, nutrient cycling, forest ecology, tree physiology, biogeochemistry, dendroecology, stable carbon, oxygen and nitrogen isotopes, phyllosphere microbiology, global change, forest monitoring.
Dr Rossella (Maria Rosa) Guerrieri is an associate professor at the Alma Mater-University of Bologna in Italy, where she teaches sustainable forest management. After earning her PhD at the University of Basilicata (in Italy) in 2007, she had several post-doctoral experiences in the UK (University of Edinburgh), USA (University of New Hampshire) and Spain (CREAF), before returning back to Italy in 2019. Rossella is a plant physiologist and forest ecologist with broad research interests unified by the goal of better understanding how forest functioning varies in relation to global change drivers, which can only be achieved by adopting an interdisciplinary collaborative approach. One of her expertise is the application of stable isotopes to elucidate physiological and biogeochemical processes in forest ecosystems. Her research was supported by competitive grants, such as the Newton International Fellowship (funded by the Royal Society) and the Marie Skłodowska–Curie Fellowship (funded by the European Commission). Rossella is member of the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, the Tree Ring Society, the British Ecological Society and the European Geoscience Union.