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Editorial Board Members by subject area

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Climate and Atmosphere

Ocean and Cryosphere

Environmental sciences & biogeochemistry

Human-environment interactions

Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences

Climate and Atmosphere

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Akintomide Akinsanola

Research areas: West African Monsoon, Tropical Climate, Climate Change, Climate Variability, Regional and Earth System Modeling

Akintomide AkinsanolaDr. Akinsanola is a Postdoctoral Appointee in 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 a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the 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 and Ocean – Variability, Predictability, and Change (CLIVAR)/Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) working group of African Monsoon.
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Yama Dixit

Research areas: Quaternary Paleoclimatology, Paleoceanography, past monsoon variability, abrupt climate changes, human-climate interaction, Indo-Pacific Warm Pool changes, carbonate shell geochemistry

Yama DixitYama 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.
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Ola Kwiecien

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.
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Min-Hui Lo

Research areas: Land-Atmosphere interactions; Anthropogenic effects on the water cycle; Climate variabilities

Min-Hui LoDr. Min-Hui Lo is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University. 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.
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Joy Merwin Monteiro

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.
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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.
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Sagar Parajuli


Sagar ParajuliSagar Parajuli is a self-motivated Research Scientist 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. He is currently a Research Scientist (Since Sep. 2019) at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia working with professor Georgiy Stenchikov. Before joining KAUST, Dr. Parajuli worked at The University of California, Irvine as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Charles Zender and obtained his PhD degree in Geosciences (2016) from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA under the joint supervision of Dr. Zong-Liang Yang and Dr. Gary Kocurek. 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.
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Kerstin Schepanski

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.
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Kyung-Sook Yun

Research areas: Paleoclimate modeling, Climate dynamics from past to future, Climate-ice sheet interaction, Tropical climate dynamics, Global monsoon variability

Kyung-Sook YunKyung-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.
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Ocean and Cryosphere

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Christopher Cornwall

Research areas: Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, ocean acidification, calcification, photosynthesis, coral reefs, kelp forests, geochemistry of carbonates

Christopher CornwallDr 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.
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Sze Ling Ho

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.
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Jose Luis Iriarte

Research areas: Antarctic and Subantarctic marine ecosystems, air-sea interactions, ocean biogeochemistry, ocean variability, Anthropogenic effects on aquatic systems

Jose Luis IriarteDr. 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
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Christophe Kinnard


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.
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Viviane Vasconcellos de Menezes

Research areas: ocean circulation, air-sea interaction, water mass formation, Antarctic Bottom Water, Indian Ocean, Red Sea

Viviane Vasconcellos de MenzesViviane 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.
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Rachael Rhodes

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.
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Regina Rodrigues

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.
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Shin Sugiyama

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.
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Adam Switzer

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).
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Environmental sciences & biogeochemistry

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Rahim Barzegar

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. 
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Erin Bertrand

Research areas: marine biogeochemistry, marine microbes, trace metal biogeochemistry, phytoplankton, microbial interactions

Erin BertrandErin 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.
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Annie Bourbonnais

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.
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Erika Buscardo

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.
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Leiyi Chen

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.
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Olga Churakova (Sidorova)

Research areas: Tree-rings, climate reconstructions, permafrost degradation, atmospheric circultaion, stable carbon, oxygen, hydrogen in tree-ring cellulose, water-use efficiency, climate change, subarctic, mountains, volcanoes, multi-proxy, modeling

Olga ChurakovaOlga V. Churakova (Sidorova) is a leading scientist at the Institute of Ecology and Geography, Siberian Federal University, Russian Federation. She is physicist (bio-physicist) and received her PhD in Biology in 2003 from V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest Siberian Branch Russian Academy of Sciences and habilitation in Ecology in 2018 from Siberian Federal University. Her scientific projects were successfully supported e.g., by the European Science Foundation, the EU-Commission (Marie Curie Individual International Incoming Fellowship, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland), by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Marie Heim-Vögtlin Grant, ETH Zürich, Switzerland) and Russian Science Foundation (Siberian Federal University, Russia). Olga’s research focus lies on studying boreal and alpine forest ecosystems during recent and past climatic and environmental changes. To reveal the response of the terrestrial ecosystems to extreme climatic events and understand the consequences of these changes to human and society, she combines the state-of-the-art methods, and applies interdisciplinary approaches of biophysics, ecology, paleoclimatology, ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, climate and eco-physiological modelling.
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Joshua Dean

Research areas: Greenhouse gases, biogeochemistry, hydrology, hydrogeology, radio- and stable isotopes

Joshua DeanJoshua 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.
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Sadia Ilyas

Research areas: Bio-chemical-remediation, geo-mineralization, sustainable urban mining, exploitation of energy-critical minerals, CO2 mitigation and circular economy

Sadia IlyasSadia 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.
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Tuija Jokinen

Research areas: Aerosols, reactive trace gases, air pollution, field observations

Tuija JokinenTuija 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.
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Ilka Peeken

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

Ilka PeekenIlka 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.
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Yinon Rudich


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.
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Edmond Sanganyado

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.
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Olivier Sulpis

Research areas: marine biogeochemistry, chemical oceanography, sediments, diagenesis, carbonates, carbon dioxide

Olivier SulpisOlivier Sulpis is a postdoctoral researcher working in Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He is also affiliated with the Netherlands Earth System Science Center, a virtual research center that brings together scientists with a background in physics, Earth sciences, ecology and mathematics, to better understand the processes behind climate change and to improve future climate projections and predictions. 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.
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Human-environment interactions

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Dolors Armenteras

Research areas: Land use and land cover change, fire, forest degradation, conservation biology, scenarios, forest policy

Dolors Armenteras is a catalan biologist that holds MSc In Environmental Forestry from the University of Wales and a PhD in Geography from King´s College London, UK. She currently is Professor of Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Science at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota. In her research, she focuses on landscape ecology and biodiversity conservation of tropical forests. Her research in fire ecology, spatial analysis and modelling has helped understand ecological processes across multiple organizational levels in Latin America. Her experience encompasses both fauna and flora, and includes ecosystem structure and landscape processes such as deforestation and degradation but also scenarios development and policy options. She has over two decades of experience in the science-policy interface needed to advance towards sustainability. She was a Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Climate Change and Biodiversity Scholar. She has been an expert in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services-IPBES. Currently also serves as Vice-President International Association of Landscape Ecology IALE and is an active member of the Scientific Panel for the Amazon.
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Omar Asensio

Research areas: public policy and governance, energy, climate, urban sustainability, resource conservation, transport electrification, circular economy

Omar AsensioOmar I. Asensio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 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.
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Jinfeng Chang

Research areas: human-biosphere interactions, earth system modelling, carbon and nutrient cycles, land management

Jinfeng ChangJinfeng 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.
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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.
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Gang Liu

Research areas: Circular economy, climate change mitigation, urban sustainability, built environment, food systems, resource and waste management, renewable energy, industrial ecology, human geography.

Gang LiuGang Liu is a Professor at the Department of Green Technology, University of Southern Denmark. He received his Ph.D. degree in industrial ecology from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, his M.Sc. degree in resource management from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his B.Sc. degree in geography from Peking University. His research aims to map the anthropogenic/socioeconomic metabolism and inform its circular, low carbon, and just transition through understanding materials and energy stocks and flows and their associated environmental consequences in a system context. He holds several editorial roles and has published widely in the environmental system analysis field. He was awarded the Robert A. Laudise medal by the International Society for Industrial Ecology for “outstanding contributions to the field of industrial ecology” and the James J. Morgan Early Career Award by Environmental Science & Technology for "leading the environmental fields in new directions through creative, new ideas consistent with Morgan’s early contributions.

Yongqiang Liu

Research areas: Wildland fire, smoke, air quality, ecosystem-climate interactions, land-atmospheric interactions, climate change

Yongqiang LiuDr. 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.
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Alessandro Rubino


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.
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Michael Storozum

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.
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Maria-Laura Balestrieri

Research areas: Themochrometry; Low-Temperature Thermochronology, Fission Track

Maria-Laura BalestrieriMaria-Laura Balestrieri is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources of the National Research Council (CNR) 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).
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Sylvain Barbot

Research areas: Earthquake physics, tectonic geodesy

Sylvain BarbotDr. 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.
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Luca Dal Zilio

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.
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João Duarte

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.
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Mojtaba Fakhraee

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.
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Maria-Luce Frezzotti

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.
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Derya Gürer

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.
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Emma Liu

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.
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Claire Nichols


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.
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Teng Wang

Research areas: radar imaging geodesy, crustal deformation, natural hazards

Teng WangTeng 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.
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Claudia Zoccarato

Research areas: land subsidence modeling; hydrology; geomechanics; bayesian inference;

Claudia ZoccaratoClaudia Zoccarato is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering of the University of Padova. 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).
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