The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (E&PS) welcomes several new faculty as part of our new Global Change Science Initiative. These faculty join existing Global Change faculty whose research focuses on the fundamental Earth Science problems critical to understanding global change.
1994 Ph.D MIT
Physical Circulation, Biogeochemical Cycling, Climate Modeling
Research Website: http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/anand-gnanadesikan-home-page
2007 Ph.D University of Utah
2004 M.S. University of Utah
2001 B.S. University of Utah
Geochemistry, Paleoecology, Paleoclimate
I am interested in the history of, and interrelationships among, Earth's climate, ecology, and geochemistry.I utilize geochemical and ecological tools to help extract and interpret information from modern environments and from the geological record. Air, waters, plants, animals, and soils are routinely 'stuffed' into isotope ratio mass spectrometers as a part of these pursuits. Fieldwork and modeling are also important components of my research approach. Research Website: http://www.bhpassey.net
2008 Ph.D. University of Utah
2002 M.S. University of Arizona
2000 B.A., B.S. Stanford University
Sedimentary Geology, Stable Isotope Ecology
My research centers on understanding how landscapes and terrestrial organisms respond to past climate change. I primarily use stable isotopic records to study interactions between mammals, vegetation, and climate in past ecosystems. Modern analog studies are an important part of this research; by looking carefully at today's climatic, ecological and geochemical processes, it's possible to expand the utility of paleo-environmental archives.
2006 PhD Yale University
2001 MS Cornell University
1998 AB Harvard University
Climate dynamics, surface hydrology
My research is directed at understanding, managing, and coping with climatic and hydrologic variability. Understanding variability requires examination of the natural processes that drive climate and surface change.Managing variability relates to our ability to control anthropogenic influences on climate and hydrology at the local, regional, and global scales. Coping with variability includes improved forecast systems and methods of risk assessment. In each of these areas of research I employ a combination of observation both in situ and remotely sensed and numerical modeling techniques.
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