Alexander Hall '98
Dissertation: "The Role of Water Vapor Feedback in Unperturbed Climate Variability and Global Warming"
Present Affiliation: UCLA, Associate Professor
After graduating from Princeton, I accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Then I accepted a faculty position in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Princeton’s Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences is well-known as one of the best in the field. The program’s high standing definitely gave me an edge in the job market. Also, the relation of the Princeton graduate program to GFDL is very unique and affords students the perspective of a government laboratory in addition to that of a traditional graduate institution. Almost everyone both within and outside my field reacts positively to the fact that I'm a Princeton alum.
Tracey Holloway '01
Dissertation: "Trans-boundary Air Pollution in Asia: Model Development and Policy Implications"
Present Affiliation: University of Wisconsin - Madison, Assistant Professor
The AOS Program offered close interactions with faculty and other members of the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). The computing resources were extraordinary, and my advisor was the best ever. The flexibility of the AOS Program allowed me to tailor a research program well-suited to my interests, and I was able to benefit from the expertise of faculty in a number of different departments. Overall, I had an extremely positive experience at Princeton, and my time there helped get my career off to a good start. I went on to a post-doc at Columbia University's Earth Institute. My work there focused on the role of air pollution models in public health and policy assessments. Since August, 2003, I have been an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Irina Marinov '04
Dissertation: “Controls on the Air-Sea Balance of Carbon Dioxide”
Present Affiliation: Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
The AOS program at Princeton is one of the few which allows graduate students to switch advisors or subfields even a few years into the graduate school process. I completed my PhD in January 2005. With the encouragement and help of my Princeton and GFDL professors, I applied for and won the prestigious NOAA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate and Global Change. On this fellowship I went to MIT, and continued to study how the ocean circulation, chemistry and biology control levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Currently, I am a postdoc in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Dept at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. I continue to work closely with my colleagues at Princeton and keep in touch/see regularly the fantastic friends I made while a student in Princeton. The graduate program in Princeton prepared me very well for an exciting academic career.
Tapio Schneider '00
Dissertation: "Structural Analysis of Climate Data"
Present Affiliation: California Institute of Technology, Associate Professor
I chose Princeton's AOS Program because its faculty offers a blend of expertise in theoretical, computational, and observational studies of the global climate that is unique worldwide. The AOS Program is one of the few graduate programs in which the atmosphere and ocean are studied not as separate entities, but as coupled components of the climate system, with similar fluid dynamical phenomena and with connections between them, for example, through heat exchange and along biogeochemical pathways. The superb computational resources to which students in the AOS Program have access are unmatched.
To find an academic position and to get to know others working in my field, it was very helpful that scientists from other leading institutions visit Princeton regularly. After graduation, I worked for two years at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, in the new Center for Atmosphere-Ocean Science. Currently I am an Assistant Professor at the California Institute of Technology, in an environmental science and engineering program with a focus on the science of the global climate.
Huiyan (Helen) Yang ’05
Dissertation: “The Modeling of Tropospheric Photochemistry and Black Carbon Aerosol: Examination of Radiation, Transformation, Concentrations, and Emission Reduction Aspects”
Present Affiliation: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
AOS graduate students have a good deal of flexibility to decide what topic to pursue, which is good training as it produces independence. The strict academic training strengthened my mind to inquire into scientific problems, and the combination of atmospheric and oceanic sciences in one program widened my research horizon. Furthermore, I participated in the Princeton Environmental Institute - Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program (PEI-STEP), and earned a Graduate Certificate in STEP at the Woodrow Wilson School. This experience shortened the gap between scientific research and the real world through the policy bridge.