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Atmospheric Sciences

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  • Arcodia, Marybeth

    Marybeth Arcodia

    Name: Marybeth Arcodia

    Program/Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  marcodia@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Ben Kirtman

    Research Topic:
    Climate Variability and Predictability

    Research Keywords:
    Intraseasonal, tropical, variability, teleconnections, tropical-extratropical interactions

  • Barkley, Anne

    Anne Barkley

    Name: Anne Barkley

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  abarkley@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Cassandra Gaston

    Research Topic:
    Physical and chemical characterization of long-range transported African aerosols

    Research Keywords:
    dust, phosphorus, iron, biomass burning aerosol, biogeochemical cycles, aerosol deposition

  • Besong, Kayla

    Kayla Besong

    Name: Kayla Besong

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  kab226@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Ben Kirtman

    Research Topic: Atmospheric Blocking

    Research Keywords: Blocking, variability, teleconnections, predictability, subseasonal

  • Dobracki, Amie

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    Name: Amie Dobracki

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  aad59@miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Paquita Zuidema

    Research Topic: 
    Chemical, Physical, and Optical Properties of Aged African Biomass Burning

    Research Keywords: 
    Biomass burning, Aerosols, Organic Aerosol, Smoke, Aerosol Mass Spectrometer

  • Fenske, Tyler

    Tyler Fenske

    Name: Tyler Fenske

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Website:  tfenske.weebly.com (currently a work-in-progress)

    Email:  tyler.fenske@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Amy Clement

    Research Topic:
    Climate Variability in the North Pacific

    Research Keywords:
    Climate, Climate Change, Internal Climate Variability, North Pacific

  • Hansen, Kurt

    kurt hansen

    Name: Kurt Hansen

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  kah52@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Sharan Majumdar

    Research Topic:
    Sub-seasonal Tropical Cyclone

    Research Keywords:
    Hurricane, Tropical Cyclone, Sub-seasonal, Interseasonal, SUBX, Prediction

  • He, Haozhe

    Name: Haozhe He

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  haozhe.he@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Brian Soden

    Research Topic:
    To explore the large-scale dynamical responses of clouds to different radiative forcing agents.

    Research Keywords:
    Climate sensitivity, cloud feedback

  • Lawton, Quinton

    Lawton Quinton

    Name: Quinton Lawton

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Website: quintonlawton.com

    Email:  quinton.lawton@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Sharan Majumdar

    Research Topic:
    Predictability of Tropical Cyclogenesis

    Research Keywords:
    tropical cyclones, hurricanes, tropical cyclogenesis, predictability, African easterly waves, kelvin waves

  • Malloy, Kelsey

    Kelsey Malloy

    Name: Kelsey Malloy

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  kelsey.malloy@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Ben Kirtman

    Research Topic:
    Predictability of warm-season extreme precipitation from southerly low-level jets

    Research Keywords:
    climate variability, extreme weather, precipitation, subseasonal prediction, seasonal prediction

  • Nebylitsa, Samantha

    Nebylitsa, Samantha

    Name: Samantha Nebylitsa

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  samantha.nebylitsa@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Sharan Majumdar and Dave Nolan

    Research Topic:
    Rapid Intensification of Tropical Cyclones

    Research Keywords:
    Tropical Cyclones, Rapid Intensification, Wind, Shear, Moisture, Modeling, Observations, Storm Size/Structure

  • Papazian, Karen

    Karen Papazian

    Name: Papazian, Karen

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  karen.papazian@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Ben Kirtman

    Research Topic:
    Climate Variability and Predictability

    Research Keywords:
    Variability, Climate, Intraseasonal

  • Royer, Haley

    Haley Royer

    Name: Haley Royer

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  hmr76@miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Cassandra Gaston

    Research Topic:
    Atmospheric aerosols and their affects on ecosystems, human health & atmospheric chemical reactions

    Research Keywords:
    atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, dust, algal blooms, algal toxins, playa dust, heterogeneous chemistry

  • Schoenwald, Victoria

    Victoria Schoenwald

    Name: Victoria Schoenwald

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Email:  vks16@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Ben Kirtman

    Research Topic:
    Sea level rise and coastal flooding events caused by natural and anthropogenic forcing.

    Research Keywords:
    Sea level rise, coastal flooding, seasonal to decadal prediction, climate models

  • Tsai, Wei-Ming

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    Name:  Wei-Ming Tsai

    Program / Degree:  Atmospheric Sciences / PhD

    Website:  https://sites.google.com/view/muse-of-clouds/home

    Email:  wxt108@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Brian Mapes

    Research Topic:
    tropical convective organization and its responses to moisture variability

    Research Keywords:
    Organized convection, Water vapor, cloud-environment interactions, tropical meteorology,
    cumulus parameterization

Environmental Science and Policy

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Marine Biology and Ecology

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Marine Geosciences

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Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

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  • Bilgen, Simge

    Simge Bilgen

    Name:  Simge Bilgen

    Program / Degree:   Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  sbilgen@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Benjamin Kirtman

    Research Topic:
    The Role of Ocean Eddies in the Southern Ocean Response to Greenhouse Gas Forcing

    Research Keywords:
    Coupled Modeling, Air-Sea Interaction, Southern Ocean

  • Chomiak, Leah

    Chomiak, Leah

    Name:  Leah Chomiak

    Program / Degree:   Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  leah.chomiak@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Denis Volkov (NOAA AOML), and Dr. Benjamin Kirtman (UM)

    Research Topic:
    Large-Scale Ocean Circulation, Repeat Hydrography, Ocean-Atmosphere Climate Dynamics

    Research Keywords:
    Circulation, Hydrography, Oceanography, Physical, Climate, Climate change

  • Evans, Rebecca

    Rebecca Evans

    Name:  Rebecca Evans

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Website:  rebeccacevans.com

    Email:  rebecca.evans@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. David Nolan

    Research Topic:  Internal Inertia-Gravity Waves in Tropical Cyclones

    Research Keywords:  Hurricanes, tropical cyclones, gravity waves, dynamics, convection

  • Fox, Ryder

    Ryder Fox

    Name:  Ryder Fox

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Website:  kryderfox.com

    Email:  krf44@miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. David Nolan

    Research Topic:
    Microphysical impacts to deep convection

    Research Keywords:
    Microphysics, Hurricanes, Radar Observations, Numerical Weather Modeling, WRF

  • Gao, Yu

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    Name:  Yu Gao

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  ygao@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Igor Kamenkovich

    Research Topic:
    Mesoscale air-sea interactions, using both regional and global high-resolution numerical models.

    Research Keywords:
    air-sea interaction, mesoscale circulation, numerical models, climate change

  • Ge, Jimmy

    Jimmy Ge

    Name:  Jimmy Ge

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  jimmy.ge@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. David Nolan

    Research Topic:
    Relative humidity evolution during tropical cyclogenesis

    Research Keywords:
    Hurricanes, tropical cyclogenesis, relative humidity, satellite meteorology,
    remote sensing

  • Grossi, Matthew

    Matthew Grossi

    Name:  Matthew Grossi

    Program / Degree:   Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  matthew.grossi@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Tamay Ozgokmen

    Research Topic:
    Applying machine learning techniques to observational ocean data

    Research Keywords:
    ocean observation, field campaigns, ocean modeling, oceanic transport, machine learning,
    neural networks, data exploration

  • Hiron, Luna

    luna hiron

    Name:  Luna Hiron

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  lhiron@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Lynn "Nick" Shay

    Research Topic:
    MDynamics of the Loop Current and associated frontal eddies in the Gulf of Mexico

    Research Keywords:
    Loop Current, Loop Current Frontal Eddies, mesoscale oceanography, eddy intensification,
    ocean dynamics, Gulf of Mexico

  • Hlywiak, James

    James Hlywiak

    Name: James Hlywiak

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Website:  https://jameshlywiak.github.io/

    Email:  jhlywiak@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. David Nolan

    Research Topic:
    Hurricane Surface and Boundary Layer Physics

    Research Keywords:
    Hurricanes, Boundary Layer, Air-Sea Interactions, Oceanic Barrier Layers,
    Numerical Modelling

  • Jia, Chong

    Name:  Chong Jia

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  chong.jia@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Peter J Minnett

    Research Topic: Improved Satellite Remote Sensing of Sea Surface Temperature at High Latitude

    Research Keywords:  Satellite Remote Sensing, SST, Algorithm, Arctic

  • Looney, Lev

    lev looney

    Name:  Lev Looney

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  lbl21@miami.edu

    Advisor: Gregory Foltz (NOAA AOML), and Dr. Benjamin Kirtman (UM)

    Research Topic:
    The driving forces of hurricane-induced ocean cooling

    Research Keywords:
    Hurricanes, Tropical Cyclones, Air-Sea Interactions, Physical Oceanography, Numerical Modeling

  • Lu, Yueyang

    Lu Yueyang

    Name:  Yueyang Lu

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  yueyang.lu@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Igor Kamenkovich

    Research Topic:
    Properties and mechanisms of eddy-induced transport in oceanic tracer distribution.

    Research Keywords:
    Oceanic eddies, material transport, numerical models

  • Ntaganou, Nektaria

    Nektaria Ntaganou

    Name:  Nektaria Ntaganou

    Program / Degree:   Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  nntaganou@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Vassiliki Kourafalou

    Research Topic:
    Role of mesocale eddies in the Gulf of Mexico/Loop Current System variability

    Research Keywords:
    LC system, LCFEs, WFAs, HYCOM, topographic controls

  • Pita, Ivenis

    Ivenis Pita

    Name:  Ivenis Pita

    Program / Degree:   Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Website:   https://ivenispita.github.io/science_mode/

    Email:  ivenis.pita@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Gustavo Goni (NOAA AOML), and Dr. Benjamin Kirtman (UM)

    Research Topic:
    Influence of Western Boundary Currents on Coastal Sea Level

    Research Keywords:
    Sea Level, Coastal Variability, Brazil Current, Hydrography, Physical Oceanography

  • Xia, Junfei

    Junfei Xia

    Name:  Junfei Xia

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Website:  http://junfeixia.com

    Email:  junfei.xia@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Tamay M Ozgokmen

    Research Topic:
    Machine Learning for Submesoscale Characterization, Ocean Prediction, and Exploration

    Research Keywords:
    Machine Learning; Drifter; Submesoscale; Modeling; Ocean Prediction

  • Yang, Xingchen

    Name:  Xingchen Yang

    Program / Degree:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography / PhD

    Email:  xxy181@miami.edu

    Advisor:  Dr. Mohamed Iskandarani

    Research Topic:
    Quantifying model output response due to input uncertainties, investigating
    Loop Current behavior

    Research Keywords:
    Uncertainty Quantification, loop current, loop current eddy

Ocean Sciences

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  • Ballard, Samantha

    Samantha Ballard

    Name:  Samantha Ballard

    Program / Degree:   Applied Marine Physics / PhD

    Website:  samanthaballard.science

    Email:  sballard@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Hans Graber

    Research Topic:
    Coastal air-sea interaction utilizing remote sensing satellite (SAR) and insitu data

    Research Keywords:
    coastal, air sea interaction, synthetic aperature radar, wavelet analysis, atmospheric gravity waves,
    kelvin waves, marine atmospheric boundary layer rolls, wind fronts, wind speed, algorithm, waves

  • Dai, Hanjing

    Hangjing Dai

    Name:  Hanjing Dai

    Program / Degree:  Applied Marine Physics / PhD

    Email:  hdai@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Brian Haus

    Research Topic: Wind waves, their generation and propagation on the ocean surface.

    Research Keywords: Air-sea interaction, Wind waves, Surface oil transport, Gravity-capillary
    waves, Ocean surface roughness

  • Elliott, Hope

    Name: Hope Elliott

    Program / Degree:   Ocean Sciences / PhD

    Email:  hee21@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Cassandra Gaston

    Research Topic:
    Nutrient deposition in the marine environment from aerosols/mineral dust

    Research Keywords:
    mineral dust, Saharan dust, iron limitation, phosphorus limitation, aerosol chemistry, geochemistry

  • Furtney, Samantha

    Shawver Samantha

    Name:  Samantha Furtney

    Program / Degree:   Ocean Sciences / PhD

    Email:  s.shawver@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Roland RomeiserDr. Hans Graber

    Research Topic:
    Internal Solitary Wave Amplitude and Velocity Retrieval from Synthetic Aperture Radar Images

    Research Keywords:
    Remote Sensing, Synthetic Aperture Radar, SAR, Internal Waves, Inner Shelf

  • Henderson, Lillian

    Henderson, Lillian

    Name:  Lillian Henderson

    Program / Degree:   Ocean Sciences

    Email:  lillian.henderson@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Hilary Close

    Research Topic:
    Origin and transformations of organic matter in the water column

    Research Keywords:
    Biogeochemistry, stable isotopes, particulate organic matter, carbon and nitrogen cycling

  • Lanpher, Kaycie

    Kaycie Lanpher

    Name:  Kaycie Lanpher

    Program / Degree:   Ocean Sciences / PhD

    Website:  https://kaycielanpher.wixsite.com/seastheday

    Email:  klanpher@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Kim Popendorf

    Research Topic:
    Microbial metabolic strategies based on adenylate energy rate measures across marine environments.

    Research Keywords:
    Biogeochemical Cycles, Marine Microbes, ATP, Metabolic Turnover Rates, Nutrients

  • Lopez, Chelsea

    Chelsea Lopez

    Name:  Chelsea Lopez

    Program / Degree:   Ocean Sciences / PhD

    Website:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chelsea-nicole-lopez-472807199/

    Email:  chelsea.lopez@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Dennis Hansell

    Research Topic:
    Dynamics of Dissolved Organic Carbon in the Deep Ocean

    Research Keywords:
    DOC, Carbon Export, Biogeochemistry, Particles

  • Rivera Santiago, Glorianne

    Rivera Santiago, Glorianne

    Name:  Glorianne Rivera Santiago

    Program / Degree:   Ocean Sciences / PhD

    Email:  glorianne.rivera@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. William Drennan

    Research Topic:
    The effects of bubbles and sea spray on oil transport during high wind conditions

    Research Keywords:
    Air-sea interaction, air-sea fluxes, bubbles, sea spray, oil transport, waves, turbulence, high winds

  • Tan, Peisen

    Peisen Tan

    Name:  Peisen Tan

    Program / Degree:  Ocean Sciences / PhD

    Email:  peisen.tan@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Brian Haus

    Research Topic: Air-sea interaction and momentum transfer

    Research Keywords: Air-Sea Interaction, Waves, Coastal Resilience, Physical Oceanography,
    Experimental Physics

  • Wojtal, Paul

    Wojtal, Paul

    Name: Paul Wojtal

    Program / Degree:  Ocean Sciences / PhD

    Email:  paul.wojtal@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Hilary Close

    Research Topic:
    Amino acid compound specific isotope analysis of organic material in the water column

    Research Keywords:
    Nutrient cycling, biogeochemistry, isotopes, nitrogen, carbon, organic matter

  • Yanuskiewicz, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Yanuskiewicz

    Name: Elizabeth Yanuskiewicz

    Program / Degree:  Ocean Sciences / PhD

    Email:  e.yanuskiewicz@rsmas.miami.edu

    Advisor:   Dr. Hilary Close

    Research Topic:
    Composition and transformation of particulate organic matter in the
    water column.

    Research Keywords:
    Biogeochemistry, naturally occurring stable isotopes, organic matter