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Recent Graduates and Alumni

1996 to Present

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Name: Sigal Abramovich 
Adviser: Gerta Keller
Defense Date: October 2002
Thesis Title: Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment of Maastrichtian Planktic Foraminifera: Examples from Low and Middle Latitude Localities
Last known address: Associate Professor, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheba, IL

Name:  Anita Adhitya
Adviser:  Bess Ward
Defense Date:  January 2009
Thesis Title:  Genetic Investigation of Nitrate Assimilation in Marine Microbes
Last known address: Lecturer Academic Staff, Physics and Astrophysics, University of Western Australia, Perth, AU
Name: Richard M. Allen  
Adviser: W. Jason Morgan, Guust Nolet  
Defense Date: December 2000  
Thesis Title: The Mantle Plume Beneath Iceland and Its Interaction with the North-Atlantic Ridge:  A Seismological Investigation  
Last known address: Chair, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science, Professor, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science and Director, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, UC Berkeley, CA
Name: Christopher Andronicos  
Adviser:  Lincoln Hollister  
Defense Date: July 1999 
Thesis Title: Tectonic Evolution of the Coast Plutonic Complex  
Last known address: Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Name: Andrew R. Babbin
Bess B. Ward
Defense Date: 
September 24, 2014
Thesis Title:
Biogeochemical Controls on Fixed Nitrogen Loss Processes in the Marine Environment
Last known address:
Assistant Professor, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Name: Adam Mirza Baig 
Adviser: Tony Dahlen
Defense Date: September 2003
Thesis Title: Wavefront Healing in Random Media
Last known address: Geophysicist/Inventor, ESG Solutions, Kingston, Ontario, CA

Name: David Baker 
Adviser:  Jorge Sarmiento 
Defense Date:   January 2001 
Thesis Title: Sources and Sinks of Atmospheric CO2 Estimated from Batch Least-Squares Inversions of CO2 Concentration Measurements 
Last known address: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO

Name: Huiming Bao  
Adviser:  Paul Koch (University of California, Santa Cruz), Bess Ward
Defense Date:   September 1998  
Thesis Title: Ferric Oxides Andoxyhydroxides:  Oxygen-isotope systematics and paleoclimatic reconstruction  
Last known address: Charles L. Jones Professor in Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Name: Pathikrit Bhattacharya                                      
Adviser:  Allan M. Rubin
Defense Date:  November 28, 2016
Thesis Title:  Examination of the Rate-State Friction Equations Under Large Perturbations from Steady Sliding:  A Theoretical and Experimental Study
Last known address: Postdoctoral Scholar, Tufts University, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engrg., Medford, MA

Name: Frank D. Bilotti  
Adviser:  John Suppe  
Month/Year Ph.D.:  November 1996  
Thesis Title:  Venus wrinkle ridges:  Structure, distribution, and implications for tectonic evolution  
Last known address: Chevron Energy Technology Company, Houston, TX

Name: Giulio Boccaletti 
Adviser: George Philander 
Defense Date:  June 2003 
Thesis Title: The Thermal Structure of the Upper Ocean 
Last known address: Chief Strategy Officer and Global Managing Director, Water, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA

Brigitte G. Brunelle
Adviser: Daniel Sigman
Defense Date: May 2009
Thesis Title: Nitrogen Isotope Contraints on the Biogeochemistry and Paleoclimatology of The Subarctic North Pacific
Last known address: Project Scientist, Department of Defense, Washington, DC

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Name: Sara Carena
Adviser: John Suppe
Defense Date: June 2003
Thesis Title: Imaging Faults in 3-D from Earthquakes, with Examples from Southern California and Taiwan
Last known address: Senior Scientis and Lecturer, Dept. of Earth and Environment Science, LMU, Munchen, DE

Name: Karen Lynn Casciotti
Adviser: Bess Ward
Defense Date: September 2002
Thesis Title: Molecular and Stable Isotopic Characterization of Enzymes Involved in Nitrification and Nitrifier-Denitrification
Last known address: Associate Professor, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Name: Madeli Castruita
Adviser: Francois Morel
Defense Date: November 2006
Thesis Title: Iron Storage Proteins in the Marine Environment
Last known address: Postdoctoral Research Associate, UCLA, Young Hall, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Los Angeles, CA

Name: Chang-Min Chun  
Adviser:  Ilhan Aksay (Chemical Engineering)  
Month/Year Ph.D.:  April 1997  
Thesis Title:  Hydrothermal crystallization of barion titanate: Mechanisms of nucleation and growth
Last known address: Corporate Strategic Researcher, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, NJ

Name: Christopher D. Connors 
Adviser: John Suppe
Defense Date: March 1999
Thesis Title: Studies in Planetary Crustal Deformation:  Venus and the Andes
Last known address: William E. Pritchard III '80 Professor of Geology, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Name: Nyssa Crompton
Adviser: Satish Myneni
Defense Date: May 2, 2014
Thesis Title: The stability and structure of amorphous ferric oxyhydroxides in the presence of environmentally relevant ligands
Last known address: Scientist I, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, New Brunswick, NJ

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Name: Triparna Das  
Adviser:  Guust Nolet  
Defense Date:   August 1997  
Thesis Title: Crustal Structure of Western North America using Surface Waves and Marine Multichannel Seismic Reflection Data  
Last known address:  Supervisor, Husky Energy, Alberta, CA

Name: Mark Davidson 
Adviser: Tullis Onstott 
Defense Date: April 2008 
Thesis Title: Sulfate Reduction in the Deep Terrestrial Subsurface: A Study of Microbial Ecology, Metabolic Rates and Sulfur Isotope Fractionation
Last known address: Consultant, Geosyntec Consultants, Pasadena, CA

Name: Subarnarekha De  
Adviser:  Peter Heaney (Penn State University), Thomas Duffy
Defense Date:  July 2000  
Thesis Title:  Microanalytical Studies of Carbonado and Synthetic Polycrystalline Diamond

Name: Michael M. Deal  
Adviser: Guust Nolet  
Month/Year Ph.D.:  February 1997  
Thesis Title:  Tomographic image enhancement in slab regions:  Tonga to Japan via the nullspace shuttle.  
Last known address: Committee Chair, ExxonMobil Exploration Company, Houston, TX

Name: Curtis Deutsch 
Adviser: Jorge Sarmiento 
Defense Date:  November 2003 
Thesis Title: Biogeochemical Constraints on the Modern and Glacial Oceanic Nitrogen Cycle 
Last known address: Associate Professor, University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA

Name: Peter DiFiore
Adviser: Daniel Sigman
Defense Date: April 2010
Thesis Title:Nitrate Isotope Dynamics in the Southern Ocean
Last known address: Managing Director, Cartesian Re, New York, NY

Name:  Susannah M. Dorfman
Adviser:  Thomas S. Duffy
Defense Date:  November 2011
Thesis Title:    Effects of Iron Enrichment on the Chemistry and Physical Properties of Deep Lower Mantle Silicates
Last known address:   Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Ann Arbor, MI

Name:  Blake C. Dyer
Adviser:  Adam C. Maloof
Defense Date:  September 28, 2015
Thesis Title:   Stratigraphic Expression and Numerical Modeling of meteoric Diagenesis in Carbonate Platforms During the Late Paleozoic Ice Age
Presently at: 
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York, NY

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Name: David Edwards
Adviser: Satish Myneni
Defense Date: June 2005
Thesis Title: Molecular Studies of Hydroxamate Siderophore Interactions with Aqueous and Solid Phase Iron 
Last known address: Branch Chief, California Air Resources Board, Air Quality Planning and Science Division, Sacramento, CA

Name: Nathan W. Eichelberger
Adviser: Nadine McQuarrie (Univ. Pittsburgh)
Defense Date: April 22, 2014
Thesis Title: Molecular Studies of Hydroxamate Siderophore Interactions with Aqueous and Solid Phase Iron 
Last known address: Principal Structural Geologist, StructureSolver LLC, San Rafael, CA

Name: Eileen Beth Ekstrom 
Adviser: Francois Morel
Defense Date: January 2007
Thesis Title: Investigations into the Mechanisms of Biotic and Abiotic Mercury Methylation

Name: Erik Egleston 
Adviser: Francois Morel
Defense Date: January 2008
Thesis Title: Biological, Chemical, and Policy Aspects of the Relationship Between Productivity and the Ocean Carbon Cycle
Last known address: Management Consulting, McKinsey and Company, New York, NY

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Name:  Sarah E. Fawcett
Adviser:  Bess Ward
Defense Date:  May 2012
Thesis Title:  Nitrate Assimilation by Eukaryotic Phytoplankton as a Central Characteristic
Of Ocean Productivity
Last known address: Lecturer, University of Cape Town, Department of Oceanography, Cape Town, ZA

Name: Yuri Fialko  
Adviser: Allan Rubin  
Defense Date: September 1998  
Thesis Title: Fluid driven fracture and melt transport through lithosphere on earth and terrestrial planet  
Last known address: Professor, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, LaJolla, CA

Name: Gregory J. Finkelstein  
Adviser: Thomas S. Duffy 
Defense Date: May 9, 2014 
Thesis Title: Phase Transitions in Selected Silicate Minerals at High Pressure and Room
Temperature from Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffraction
Last known address: Research Staff, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Name: Alexandre Fournier 
Adviser: Peter Bunge
Defense Date: December 2003
Thesis Title: Incompressible Fluid Flows in Rapidly Rotating Cavities
Last known address: Assistant Professor, Laboratoire de Geophysique Interne et Tectonophysique, University of Grenoble, Saint-Martin-d'Hères, FR

Name: Dargan Frierson  (Applied Math) 
Adviser:  Geoffrey Vallis 
Defense Date:   September 2005 
Thesis Title: Studies of the General Circulation of the Atmosphere with a Simplified Moist GCM 
Last known address: Associate Professor, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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Name: Edwin Gerber (Applied Math) 
Adviser:  Geoffrey Vallis 
Defense Date:  January 2006 
Thesis Title: A Dynamical and Statistical Understanding of the NAO and Annular Modes 
Last known address:  Associate Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere/Ocean Science, NYU, New York, NY

Name: Johanna A. L. Goldman
Adviser: François M. M. Morel 
Defense Date: February 29, 2016
Thesis Title: Environmental Factors Influencing Phytoplankton Productivity in the Context of Climate Change
Last known address: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington, Armbrust Laboratory, Seattle, WA

Name: Ramon Antonio Gonzalez Mieres 
Adviser: John Suppe
Defense Date: February 2007
Thesis Title: Thickness-Relief Methods for the Analysis of Shortening, with Examples of Active Detachment Folds and Ramp Anticlines
Last known address: Exploration Geologist, Chevron ETC, San Ramon, CA

Name:  Anne M. Gothmann
Adviser:  Michael L. Bender
Defense Date:  September 1, 2015
Thesis Title:  Fossil Corals as Archives of Secular Variations in Seawater Chemistry
Presently at:  Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Physics, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

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Name: Alexander Hall  
Adviser: S. Manabe  
Graduation Date: November 1998 
Dissertation Project:  "The Role of Water Vapor Feedback in Unperturbed Climate Variability and Global Warming"  
Last known address: Professor/Vice Chair, UCLA, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Los Angeles, CA

Name: Scott Harper 
Adviser: George Philander 
Defense Date:  November 2001 
Thesis Title: The Influence of Subtropical Forcing on the Density Structure of the Tropical Ocean 
Last known address: Program Manager, Arctic and Global Prediction, Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA

Name: Mathis Hain
Adviser: Daniel M. Sigman
Defense Date:  September 27, 2013
Thesis Title: Glacial/Interglacial and Deglacial Changes in Ocean Circulation and their Consequences for the Global Carbon Cycle:  A Model Study
Last known address: NERC Independent Research Fellow, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Name: Meredith Galanter Hastings 
Adviser: Daniel Sigman
Defense Date: April 2004
Thesis Title: Studies of Reactive Nitrogen in the Atmosphere Using Global Modeling and Stable Isotope Measurements
Last known address: Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI

Name:  Jessica C. Hawthorne
Adviser: Allan M. Rubin
Defense Date:  October 2012
Thesis Title:    Observations and Modeling of Temporal Variability in Slow Slip Events
Last known address:  Academic Research Fellow, School of Earth and Environment, Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Name: Michael Benjamin Hay 
Adviser: Satish Myneni 
Defense Date: June 2007
Thesis Title: Advances in the Molecular-Scale Understanding of Geochemical Processes: Carboxyl Structure in Natural Organic Matter, Organosulfur Cycling in Soils, and the Coordination Chemistry of Aqueous Aluminum
Last known address: Research Associate/NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, USGS, Menlo Park, CA

Name: Cara Cartwright Henning 
Adviser: Geoffrey Vallis 
Defense Date: November 2003 
Thesis Title: The Effects of Mesoscale Eddies on the Stratification of the Ocean 
Last known address: Senior Technical Specialist, ICF International, Fairfax, VA

Name: Theresa Holloway 
Adviser: Hiram Levy 
Defense Date:  November 2001 
Thesis Title: Transboundary Air Pollution in Asia: Model Development and Policy Implications 
Last known address: Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Name: Kathryn Ann Hoppe  
Adviser:  Paul L. Koch (University of California, Santa Cruz), Francois  
M. M. Morel (Princeton)  
Defense Date:  September 1999  
Thesis Title:  The Biogeochemistry and Paleoecology of Late Pleistocene Proboscideans from the Southern United States  
Last known address: Research Associate, Geology and Paleontology, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Name: Kuan Huang
Adviser:  Michael L. Bender
Defense Date:  March 2013
Thesis Title: Studies of the Oxygen and Carbon Cycle in the Surface Ocean
Last known address: Application Scientist, Picarro, Inc., Environmental Services  Santa Clara, CA

Name: Jonathan M. Husson
Adviser:  Adam Maloof and Blair Schoene
Defense Date:  September 2014
Thesis Title: Constraining Timing and Origin of Unusual Carbon Cycle Dynamics in the Terminal Proterozoic and Middle Paleozoic Eons
Last known address: Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, CA

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Name: Qixing (Jimmy) Ji                                     
Adviser: Bess Ward
Defense Date: November 18, 2016
Thesis Title: Nitrous Oxide Production in Marine Environments with Strong Oxygen Gradients
Last known address:  Postdoc at GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel, Marine Biogeochemie (Marine Biogeochemistry), Kiel, Germany

Alfonso Pardo Juez  
Adviser:  Gerta Keller  
Defense Date:   December 1997  
Thesis Title:  Planktic Foraminiferal Turnovers Across the K-T and P-E transitions in the Northern Tethys Realm  
Last known address: Professor/Postdoctoral Research Associate, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, ES

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Name: Kirsten L. Karsh
Adviser:  Daniel M. Sigman
Defense Date: December 4, 2013
Thesis Title:  Physiological and Environmental Controls on the Nitrogen and Oxygen Isotope Fractionation of Nitrate During Its Assimilation by Marine Phytoplankton
Last known address: Postdoctoral Researcher, Antartic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, AU

Name: Kelly A. Kearney
Adviser:  Jorge L. Sarmiento
Defense Date: October 2012
Thesis Title:  An Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Through Development of a Coupled
Physical-Biogeochemical-Fisheries Food Web Model
Last known address: Research Scientist, University of Washington, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA

Name:   Henk Keers  
Adviser: F. A. Dahlen, Guust Nolet  
Defense Date: July 1997  
Thesis Title: Chaotic Ray Behavior and Asymptotic Waveforms in Regional Seismology  
Last known address:  Associate Professor, Department of Earth Science, Bergen, NO

Name:  C. Brenhin Keller
Adviser:  Blair Schoene
Defense Date:  September 23, 2016
Thesis Title:  Geochemical Evolution of Earth’s Continental Crust
Presently at:  Student Assistant, Earth & Environment Sciences, Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, CA

Name: Klaus Keller 
Adviser: Francois Morel
Defense Date: June 2000
Thesis Title: Trace-Metal-Carbon Interactions in Marine Phytoplankton:  Implications on the Cellular, Regional, and Global Scale
Last known address: Professor, Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Department of Geosciences, University Park, PA

Name:  Shree Khare 
Adviser:  J. Anderson/G. Vallis 
Defense Date:   January 2005 
Thesis Title: Observing Network Design for Improved Prediction of Geophysical Fluid Flows-Analysis of Ensemble Methods 
Last known address: Risk Management Solutions, London, UK

Name: Andrzej Klonecki  
Adviser: Hiram Levy
Defense Date:  May 1999 
Thesis: Model Study of the Tropospheric Chemistry of Ozone  
Last known address: Noveltis, Labège, FR

Name: Caroline Klug  
Adviser:  K. Cashman (University of Oregon), Alexandra Navrotsky   
Month/Year Ph.D.:  April 1997  
Thesis Title:  Vesiculation and fragmentation of silicic magma as recorded in volcanic pumice  
Last known address: Portland, OR

Name: Angela Noel Knapp 
Adviser: Danny Sigman, Bess Ward
Defense Date: January 2006
Thesis Title: The Stable Isotopic Composition of Dissolved Organic Nitrogen and Nitrate in the Subtropical Ocean
Last known address: Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Name: Anne Kraepiel 
Adviser: Francois Morel
Defense Date: June 1999
Thesis Title: Biogeochemistry of Trace Metals:  Mechanisms of Metal Partitioning in Aquatic Systems
Last known address: Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

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Name:  Sergei Alexandrovich Lebedev  
Adviser:  Guust Nolet  
Defense Date:  April 2000  
Thesis Title: The Upper Mantle Beneath the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia  
Last known address: Mallet Assistant Professor of Seismology, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, IE

Name: Alessandra Leri  
Adviser: Satish Myneni 
Defense Date: June 2007  
Thesis Title:   Halogen Dynamics in Environmental Systems: An X-Ray Spectroscopic Study
Last known address: Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY

Name:  Liangquan Li  
Adviser:  Gerta Keller  
Month/Year Ph.D.:  February 1997  
Title:  The Maastrichtian:  An integrated multi-disciplinary approach to evaluating climate, sea-level, and the biotic changes in the marine realm  
Last known address: UBS, New York, NY

Name: I-Ching Lin  
Adviser:  Alexandra Navrotsky (University of California, Davis), Peter Heaney (Princeton)  
Defense Date: November 1997  
Thesis Title: Thermodynamics and Glass Formation in Fluorozirconates and Related Systems  
Last known address: System Administrator, NEC Solutions America, Inc., The Woodlands, TX

Name: Li-Hung Lin 
Adviser: Tullis Onstott
Defense Date: November 2003
Thesis Title: Radiolytic H2 and Microbial Communities in the Witwatersrand Basin
Last known address: Professor, National Taiwan University, Taipei City, TW

Name: Jennifer Anne Linton  
Adviser:  Alexandra Navrotsky (University of California, Davis), Thomas Duffy (Princeton)  
Defense Date:   October 1997  
Thesis Title: Phase transitions in the FETIO3-MGTIO3-CATIO3TENARY field at high pressures and temperatures  
Last known address: Staff Scientist, Argonne Nat'l Laboratory, Argonne, IL

Name: Sean Patrick Long
Adviser:  Nadine McQuarrie
Defense Date:  September 2010
Thesis Title:  The Evolution of Eastern Himalayan Deformation:  Geometry and Kinematics of the Himalayan Fold-Thrust Belt, Eastern and Central Bhutan
Last known address: Associate Professor, School of the Environment, WSU, Pullman, WA

Name: J. Guadalupe Lopez-Oliva 
Adviser: Gerta Keller
Defense Date: June 1996
Thesis Title: Stratigraphy of the Cretaceous/Tertiary (K/T) Boundary Transition in Northeastern and East-Central Mexico
Last known address: Investigador, Autonome University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, MX

Name: Jenna Losh
Adviser:  François M. M. Morel
Defense Date:  May 2013
Thesis Title:  The Response of Nitrogen-Limited Marine Phytoplankton to Increasing Carbon Dioxide

Name: Yang Luo
Adviser:  Jeroen Tromp
Defense Date:  October 2012
Thesis Title:  Seismic Imaging and Inversion Based on Spectral-Element and Adjoint Methods
Last known address:  Chevron, San Ramon, CA

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Name: Brian Mailloux 
Adviser: Tullis Onstott
Defense Date: December 2002
Thesis Title: The Role of Aquifer and Microbial Heterogeneity on the Transport and Activity of Bacteria in the Columbia Aquifer, Oyster, Virginia
Last known address: Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Barnard College, New York, NY

Name: Cara Magnabosco 
Adviser: Tullis Onstott
Defense Date: May 16, 2016
Thesis Title: From Genes to Metagenomes:  Exploring Life Underground
Last known address: Flatiron Research Fellow at the Simons Center for Data Analysis, Simons Foundation, New York, NY

Name: Zhu Mao
Adviser: Tom Duffy
Defense Date: June 9, 2009
Thesis Title: Single-crystal Elasticity of Hydrous Mantle Minerals
Last known address: Professor, University of Science and Technology, Hefei, Anhui, CN

Name:  Dario Marconi
Adviser:  Daniel M. Sigman
Defense Date:  May 18, 2017
Thesis Title:  Using the Nitrate Isotopes in the Ocean Interior to Explore the Isotopic
Composition of Sinking Nitrogen and its Implications for Marine Biogeochemical Cycles
Last known address:  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University, Geosciences Dept. Princeton, NJ

Name: Irina Marinov 
Adviser: Jorge Sarmiento 
Defense Date:  January 2005 
Thesis Title: Controls on the Air-Sea Balance of Carbon Dioxide 
Last known address: Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Name: Simona Masina  
Adviser: G. Philander  
Graduation Date:  November 1996  
Dissertation Project:  "Tropical Instability Waves in the Pacific Ocean"  
Last known address: Research Division Director, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Lecce, IT

Name: Bryan K. Mignone 
Adviser: Jorge L. Sarmiento/Anand Gnanadesikan
Defense Date: May 2006
Thesis Title: Scientific and Political Economic Constraints on the Solution to the Global Warming Problem
Last known address: Science and Technology Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Program, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

Name: Ryan Modrak
Adviser: Jeroen Tromp
Defense Date:  November 28, 2016
Thesis Title:  Acoustic and Elastic Waveform Inversion Best Practices
Presently at:  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alaska, Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, AK

Name: Irina Molodetsky  
Adviser: Alexandra Navrotsky  
Graduation Date:  April 1999  
Dissertation Project:  Energetics of Zirconia Stabilized by Cation and Nitrogen Substitution
Last known address: University Lecturer, NJ Inst. of Technology; Technical Leader and Materials Scientist, Schlumberger Ltd., Princeton Junction, NJ

Name: Raffaella Montelli
Adviser: Guust Nolet
Defense Date: October 2003
Thesis Title: Seismic Tomography Beyond Ray Theory
Last known address: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

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Name:  Silvia Elena Newell
Adviser:  Bess Ward
Defense Date:  September 2010
Thesis Title:  Nitrogen Cycle Processes in Low-Oxygen Marine Environments
Last known address: Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Name: Dianne Newman 
Adviser: Francois Morel
Defense Date: June 1997
Thesis Title: Microbial Respiration and Precipitation of Arsenic
Last known address: Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Biology and Geobiology; Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Center for Environmental Microbial Interactions; Executive Officer for Molecular Biology, Caltech, CA

Name: Tarje Nissen-Meyer 
Adviser: Guust Nolet 
Defense Date: October 2007 
Thesis Title: Full-Wave Seismic Sensitivity in a Spherical Earth
Last known address: Associate Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Name: Enrique Francisco Novoa-Cancela  
Adviser: John Suppe  
Defense Date:  November 1996  
Thesis Title:  Two and three dimensional analysis of structural trends in the Santa Barbara Channel,  
California, USA  
Last known address: Statoil, Harstadt, NO

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Name: Gregory D. O'Mullan 
Adviser: Bess Ward/Lars Hedin
Defense Date: October 2005
Thesis Title: Diversity and Composition of Ammonia Oxidizing Bacterial Assemblages in Aquatic Environments
Last known address: Associate Professor, Queens College, CUNY, Queens, NY

Name: Rebecca Orris  
Adviser: V. Ramaswamy  
Graduation Date:  June 1997  
Dissertation Project: A Test of the Consistency of Models and Observations in the Middle Atmosphere
Last known address: PMC Production Team Leader, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Washington, DC

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Name: Haewon Park 
Adviser: François Morel 
Defense Date: January 2008 
Thesis Title: Cadmium Carbonic Anhydrase of Marine Diatoms: Diversity and Expression
Last known address: Adviser, Environmental Commission, Township of West Windsor, Princeton, NJ

Name: Olivier Pauluis 
Adviser:  Isaac Held 
Defense Date:   January 2000 
Thesis Title: Entropy Budget of an Atmosphere in Radiative-Convective Equilibrium 
Last known address: Professor, NYU Mathematics, New York, NY

Name:  Xuefeng (Nick) Peng
Adviser:  Bess B. Ward
Defense Date:  September 23, 2015
Thesis Title:  Nitrogen Cycling in Strong Redox Gradients of Marine Environments: Oceanic Oxygen Minimum Zones and Salt Marsh Sediments
Presently at: 
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Dept. Earth Science & Chem. Eng., Santa Barbara, CA

Name: Benjamin R. Phillips 
Adviser: Hans Peter Bunge, W. Jason Morgan
Defense Date: June 2005
Thesis Title: Global Mantle Convection Models with Mobile Continents
Last known address: Geothermal Technologies Office, Department of Energy, Washington, DC

Name:  Yves Plancherel
Adviser:  Jorge L. Sarmiento
Defense Date:  December 2011
Thesis Title:  A Study of the Ocean’s Water Masses Using Data and Models
Last known address:  NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford, UK

Name:  Jahnavi N. Punekar
Adviser:  Gerta Keller
Defense Date:  November 5, 2015
Thesis Title:  Planktic Foraminifera Extinctions and Delayed Biotic Recovery in the Late Maastrichtian-Early Danian:  Link to Global Environmental Catastrophes?
Presently at:  Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, IN

Name: Robert L. Putnam  
Adviser:  Alexandra Navrotsky  
Defense Date: August 1999  
Thesis Title:  Formation Energetics of Ceramic Waste Materials for the Disposal of Surplus Weapons Plutonium  
Last known address: Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

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Name:  Haojia (Abby) Ren
Adviser:   Daniel Sigman
Defense Date:   October 19, 2010
Thesis Title: Development and Paleoceanographic Application of Planktonic Foraminifera bound Nitrogen Isotopes
Last known address:  Assistant Professor, Taiwan National University, Department of Geosciences, Taipai, TW

Name:  Catherine V. Rose
Adviser:  Adam Maloof
Defense Date: May 2012
Thesis Title: Comings and Goings of the End-Cryogenian Ice Sheet:  A Stratigraphic Study of
the Pre-, Syn-, and Post-Glacial Deposits, South Australia
Last known address:  Assistant Professor, Geology School of Natural Science, Trinity College, Dublin, IE


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Name:  Kyle Michael Samperton
Adviser:  Blair Schoene
Defense Date:  February 2, 2017
Thesis Title:  Portrait of a Pluton: Magmatic Perspectives from the Mid-Crustal Bergell Intrusion, Central Alps
Presently at:  Research Staff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue , Livermore, CA

Name: Mirko Schoenitz 
Adviser: Prof. Alexandra Navrotsky (University of California, Davis)
Defense Date: September 2001
Thesis Title: High-Pressure Mineralogy and Thermodynamics in the System CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O
Last known address: Associate Research Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Name: Tapio Schneider 
Adviser:  Isaac Held 
Defense Date:   January 2001 
Thesis Title: Structural Analyses of Climate Data 
Last known address: Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech, Pasadena, CA

Name: Dalin Shi
Adviser:  François M. M. Morel
Defense Date:  June 30, 2011
Thesis Title: Effects of Ocean Acidification on Iron Availability and Requirements
in Marine Phytoplankton
Last known address: XMU Chair Professor, State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, Xiamen, CN

Name: Sang-Heon Shim 
Adviser: Thomas Duffy
Defense Date: June 2001
Thesis Title: Stability, Crystal Structure, and Equation of State of Silicate Perovskites
in the Earth’s Lower Mantle
Last known address: Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Name: Patrick Schultz
Adviser: Jorge Sarmiento
Defense Date: October 2008
Thesis Title: Research the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems using global climate models and satellite remote sensing data
Last known address: General Manager, Veolia North America, New York, NY

Name: Karin Sigloch
Adviser: Guust Nolet
Defense Date: March 2008 
Thesis Title: Multiple-Frequency Body-Wave Tomography
Last known address: Associate Professor of Geophysics, Deptment of Earth Sciences, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Name: Bianca J. Silver 
Adviser: Tullis Onstott 
Defense Date: April 2008 
Thesis Title: The Nutritional and Energetic Constraints on Life in the Deep Biosphere of South Africa
Last known address:  Staff Scientist, ARCADIS, New York, NY

Name: Sergio Speziale 
Adviser: Thomas Duffy
Defense Date: September 2003
Thesis Title: Elastic Properties of Earth Materials
Last known address: Scientist, GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany

Name: Heather Stoll  
Adviser: Daniel P. Schrag (Harvard), Francois Morel
Defense Date: June 1998  
Thesis Title: Strontium Geochemistry in the Ocean:  Records of Past Climate and Sea Level Changes  
Last known address: Professor of Climate Geology, ETH Zürich, Zürich, SW

Name: Brandon Stackhouse
Adviser: Tullis Onstott
Defense Date: January 15, 2016
Thesis Title: The Effects of Physical and Biogeochemical Changes on Carbon Emissions from Mineral Cryosols from the Canadian Arctic
Last known address: McKinsey and Co., Houston, TX

Name: Camelia Stan
Adviser: Thomas Duffy
Defense Date: April 25, 2016
Thesis Title: High-pressure Studies of Analogs with Applications to Materials Science and Geoscience
Last known address: Staff Scientist, Lawrence, Berkeley National Laboratory

Name: Parvadha Suntharalingam  
Adviser: Jorge Sarmiento  
Graduation Date: January 1997  
Dissertation Project: Modeling the Global Nitrous Oxide Distribution  
Last known address: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Name: Makoto Suwa 
Adviser: Michael Bender
Defense Date: April 2007
Thesis Title: Chronologies for Ice Cores Constrained by their Gas Records and their Implications for Climate History for the Past 400,000 Years
Last known address: Senior Disaster Rick Management Specialist, World Bank, Washington, DC

Name: Nicholas L. Swanson-Hysell
Adviser:  Adam Maloof
Defense Date:  September 2011
Thesis Title: Stratigraphic Records of Paleogeography and Global Change from Two Late Proterozoic Basins
Last known address: Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA

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Name: Chi-Yang Tam 
Adviser:  Gabriel Lau 
Defense Date: January 2004 
Thesis Title: The Impact of ENSO on Tropical and Extratropical Atmospheric Variability on Intraseasonal and Synoptic Time Scales as Inferred from Observations and GMC Simulations 
Last known address: Assistant Professor, Earth System Science Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKG

Name: Garrett W. Tate
Adviser: Nadine McQuarrie  
Defense Date: July 25, 2014
Thesis Title: Structural Deformation, Exhumation and Uplift of the Timor Fold-Thrust Belt
Last known address: Research Assistant Professor and Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vanderbilt University, TN

Name:  Yue Tian
Adviser: Guust Nolet
Defense Date:  February 2010
Thesis Title: Multiple-Frequency Tomography with Shear Waves and Love Waves”
Last known address: Geophysicist, Chevron, Houston, TX

Name: Tobgay Tobgay
Adviser:  Nadine McQuarrie
Defense Date:  December 2011
Thesis Title:  Tectonics, Structure, and Metamorphic Evolution of the Himalayan Fold-Thrust Belt, Western Bhutan
Last known address:  Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas, Department of Geological Sciences, El Paso, TX

Name: Philippe Tortell
Adviser: Francois Morel
Defense Date: June 2001
Thesis Title: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives on Carbon Acquisition in Phytoplankton
Last known address: Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA

Name:  Hsin-Yi Tseng  
Adviser:  Tullis C. Onstott  
Month/Year Ph.D.:  April 1997  
Thesis Title:  A tectonogenetic origin for the deep subsurface microorganisms of Taylorsville  Basin,
Virginia:  Thermal and fluid flow model constraints  
Last known address: Technology Commercialization & IPL Advisor, Exxon, Houston, TX

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Name: Suzan van der Lee
Adviser: Guust Nolet
Defense Date: June 1996
Thesis Title: The Earth’s Upper Mantle: Its Structure beneath North America and the 660-km Discontinuity beneath Northern Europe
Last known address: Professor, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Name: Frederic Vitart  
Adviser: J. Anderson  
Graduation Date: January 1999  
Dissertation Project: Tropical Storm Interannual and Interdecadal Variability in an Ensemble of GCM Integrations  
Last known address: Principal Scientist, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Berkshire, England

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Name: Enning Wang 
Adviser: Allan M. Rubin
Defense Date:  June 24, 2013
Thesis Title: Bimaterial Effects on Earthquake Source Mechanics
Last known address: Geophysicist, Chevron, Houston, Texas

Name: Jue Wang 
Adviser: Thomas Duffy
Defense Date:  September 5, 2014
Thesis Title: Seismic Structure of the European Crust and Upper Mantle Based on Adjoint Tomography
Last known address: Engineer, PolarOnyx

Name: Xingchen (Tony) Wang  
Adviser: Daniel Sigman
Defense Date:  April 5, 2016
Thesis Title: Nitrogen Isotopes in Scleractinian Corals: Modern Ocean Studies and Paleoceanographic Applications
Last known address: Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (SCOL), Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech, CA

Name: Andrew Wittenberg 
Adviser: George Philander 
Defense Date:  June 2002 
Thesis Title: ENSO Response to Altered Climates 
Last known address: Physical Scientist (NOAA Federal), Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton, NJ

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Name: Hongwu Xu  
Adviser: Peter J. Heaney  
Graduation Date: July 1998  
Dissertation Project:  Structural Effects of Atomic Substitutions in Silicates
Last known address: Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Name: Yan Xu  
Adviser: François Morel 
Graduation Date: February 2008 
Dissertation Project: Novel Metalloenzymes in Marine Phytoplankton: A Link Between Trace Elements and Macronutrients in the Oceans 
Last known address: Associate Research Scholar, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

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Name: Huiyan Yang 
Adviser: Hiram Levy
Defense Date:   September 2005 
Thesis Title: The Modeling of Tropospheric Photochemistry and Black Carbon Aerosol: Examinations of Radiation, Transformation Concentrations and Emission Reduction Aspects 
Last known address: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Texas, El Paso, TX

Name: Audrey M. Yau
Adviser: Michael L. Bender
Defense Date: September 17, 2014
Thesis Title: Extending Ice Core Records:  Studies on the Trapped Air of Glacial Ice From Antarctica, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic
Last known address: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV

Name: Donald Yee
Adviser: Francois Morel
Defense Date: June 1996
Thesis Title: Cobalt Substitution for Zinc in Marine Phytoplankton
Last known address: Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute, San Francisco, CA

Name: Yanhua Yuan
Advisor:   Frederik Simons
Defense Date: October 3, 2016
Thesis Title:  Adjoint Seismic Tomography Using Full-Waveform and Envelope Inversion
Last known address: Senior Researcher, ExxonMobil, Clifton, NJ

Name: Li-Fan Yue 
Adviser: John Suppe
Defense Date: March 2007
Thesis Title: Active Structural Growth in Central Taiwan in Relationship to Large Earthquakes and Pore-Fluid Pressures
Last known address: Structural Geologist, Chevron, Houston, TX

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Name: Yunqing Zhang
Adviser:  Isaac Held  
Graduation Date:  June 1997  
Dissertation Project:  On the Mechanisms for the Mid-Winter Suppression of the Pacific  
Last known address: Assistant Research Professors, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Name: Hejun Zhu 
Adviser: Jeroen Tromp
Defense Date:  September 10, 2013
Thesis Title: Dynamic Compression To Ultrahigh Pressures
Last known address: Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Name: Alon Ziv 
Adviser: Allan Rubin
Defense Date: September 2001
Thesis Title: Application of Fracture Mechanics to Geophysical Problems
Last known address: Professor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, IL

Name: Ying Zhou 
Adviser: Tony Dahlen/Guust Nolet
Defense Date: November 2004
Thesis Title: Surface Wave Propagation in Laterally Heterogeneous Media with Application to Global Upper-Mantle Tomography
Last known address: Associate Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

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