- David Eastman. Based in Geneva, Switzerland and a US citizen, he brings expertise in land tenure and land use conversion to the ACAR effort. With a BA from Indiana University David has a Masters of Public Health and MBA degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and its Carey School of Business and is working toward a Master of Natural Resources from Oregon State University. A Native English speaker, he has a mastery of Russian and French. A Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan, he served as Program Officer, International Medical Corps in Afghanistan from 2001-2002, head of office for Mercy Corps in Darfur in 2005. He then served as Program Development Manager for Relief International, and from 2009 – 2011 served as a Technical Officer with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
- Ashwin Kumar. Having completed his Ph. D requirements at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, where his research has mainly been in atmospheric science, he has a background in engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. At Carnegie Mellon he has studied the effects of cloud feedbacks on the sensitivity of the earth's surface temperature to radiative forcing, the effects of sulfate aerosols on the South Asian monsoon and equilibria in prediction markets. He is volunteering a part of his time this summer and expects to be mainly involved with the ACAR effort and perhaps also the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII), where he would work closely with Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer Nasir Khattak.
- Fern Dowdall. Possessing a Master of Science in Chemistry First Class Honours from University of Bristol, in October 2012 she enters a PhD program in Earth Sciences in Oxford University focusing on using oceanography to understand the dynamics behind climate processes. In her work with the ACAR project Fern will focus most heavily on effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on Arctic ecosystems.
- Charles Ffoulkes. A British national and graduate of University of Exeter where he earned a B.Sc. in Geography (First Class Honours) and M. Sc. in Climate Change and Risk Management (Distinction), he has done research on evidence for and significance of teleconnections in contemporary climate change and in doing this looked at both Northern and Southern Hemisphere Oscillations. Most recently, he has analysed recent evidence for climate induced changes to rainfall patterns over London and studied the implications of this for flood risk management strategies. He is likely to spend the summer of 2012 working with Climate Institute President John Topping in Hanover, NH as we seek to establish ACAR links with Dartmouth College’s Institute of Arctic Studies and the Hanover, NH- based Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory (CRREL).
- Kathryn Segall Sierks. Studying for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering at Harvard College with a degree expected in 2013, Katie Sierks is working in Finland during the summer of 2012 on a research project to measure methane emissions emanating from peat bogs. For the ACAR Science Team she will focus especially on identifying availability of cost –effective measures of reducing such emissions. Katie, who hails from Edina, Minnesota, worked with the Minnesota Conservation Corps on trail construction and natural resource projects in the Superior National Forest during the summer of 2011 and spent the fall semester of 2011 at the National Outdoor Leadership School in India. She served on a student groups committee set up to help implement Harvard’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.
- Julia Kelson. An Earth Sciences major at Dartmouth College where she is expecting to graduate in June 2012, Julia is writing an Honors Senior Thesis on Snow Accumulation Patterns near Summit, Greenland, advised by Prof. Bob Hawley. Fluent in Italian and conversant in Spanish, Julia has been a leader in the Dartmouth Outing Club. She served in the winter of 2011 as a hydrological research assistant at the US Geological Survey in Montpelier, Vermont, collecting snow cores and meteorological data and interpreting relations between snowpack data and climate change indicators Following her graduation from Dartmouth Julia will serve as Summer Term Coordinator of the Center for Environmental Leadership Training (CELT). Even before then and later she will participate in the Arctic Science Team focusing on identifying research on snowfall change and effects of black carbon on snow and ice albedo.
- Elizabeth Rose Leuin. A Biology and Society major enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences of Cornell University from which she expects to graduate in May 2013, Elizabeth has developed regular blog entries on sustainable agriculture for the Cornell Daily Sun. Proficient in French, she is likely to provide research work for the Arctic Science Team on the potential for sustainable agricultural practices to reduce deposition of black carbon in the Arctic.
- Minghui Zhang. Ming graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a BS in chemical engineering this spring, and is very interested in both the political and scientific aspects of environmental protection. After this summer, she is going to Beijing for a Fulbright to do research on air pollution, and then on to UC Berkeley for a PhD in environmental engineering.
- Ruta Bertasiute
Ruta Bertasiute, a Lithuanian meteorologist, who in 2011 received a Bachelor of Geography in Hydrology and Meteorology Studies, will be joining the ACAR Climate Science. Her main focus will be on the implications of Arctic climate change for Baltic nations. She currently works in the environmental projects management agency in Lithuania's capital, Vilnius.
- Allegra Bianchini
Studying Geology at Colgate University in New York State, with a degree expected in May 2014, Allegra has spent the past three years studying paleo-climate change patterns in Western Antarctica. She has extensive knowledge of phytoplankton in the area and uses phytoplankton as a proxy for reconstructing past climate. In the spring of 2013 she travelled to Antarctica on a Korean research vessel and gained firsthand knowledge of field practices. She is currently putting that knowledge to use in her Senior Honors Thesis on Holocene climate change in the West Antarctic Peninsula. She is excited to be taking her knowledge to the other end of the globe with the Arctic program!
- Thishan Dharshana
Being a nature lover from his childhood, Thishan earned his BS from University of Colombo-Sri Lanka with specialization in Physics. For the research, he looked in to aspects of how air pollution could be used for urban planning. Accepting a full scholarship from AIT-Thailand, he earned his 1st MS in Urban Environmental Management with a thesis research on how particulate matter (PM) affects respiratory illnesses. He then received his 2nd MS from UWM-US in Atmospheric Sciences with a thesis on PM and daily weather conditions in the US. His 3rd MS was from UMBC-US in Atmospheric Physics with the research focus on emission estimates of biomass burning using satellite measurements. His contribution to Climate Institute will consist of analyzing existing literature on black carbon emission, transport and deposition to Arctic.
- Brooke Labonte
Currently a student at Ryerson University in the downtown core of Toronto, Ontario, where she studies Geographic Analysis and Environment and Urban Sustainability. Her main areas of concentration lie within GIS, the physical environment and sustainable practices which alleviate environmental problems in the Canadian North and Arctic. In addition to the Niagara Region and Greater Toronto Area, she has done field work in Austria, Germany and Italy. Upon completion of her Bachelors degree, Brooke intends to complete her Masters of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
- Lyle Zimmerman
Currently based in London, Lyle Zimmerman is researching the ecology of methane-consuming bacteria (methanotrophs). The warming Arctic's frightening tipping points include potential release of vast amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than CO2, from thawing seabed or sub-permafrost deposits. Lyle hopes to understand how marine and wetland bacterial communities might respond to large-scale natural gas releases, and to investigate strategies for enhancing bioremediation of Arctic methane.
After obtaining degrees in literature and biology from Stanford, Lyle pursued field ecology at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado, and then graduate studies of vertebrate neural stem cells at MIT (PhD 1992). Following postdoctoral work in molecular embryology at Berkeley and the University of Virginia, in 2001 he established his own research group at the UK MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London, pioneering use of the frog Xenopus tropicalis as a model for vertebrate developmental genetics and genomics.
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