Our Faculty
and Lecturers.

 
 
 
 

Andrew Babbin

Andrew Babbin is a marine biogeochemist, working on the processes in the nitrogen cycle that return fixed nitrogen in the ocean back to nitrogen gas. His work seeks to understand the controls on marine productivity and the ocean’s potential for storing carbon.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate

Kristin Bergmann

Kristin Bergmann’s multi-disciplinary research – sedimentology and stratigraphy, stable isotope geochemistry of carbonates including clumped isotope thermometry, and geobiology – focuses on reconstructing the record of environmental change from observations of sedimentary rocks spanning Precambrian to end-Ordovician time.
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Geoscience

Richard P. Binzel

Richard Binzel is one of the world’s leading scientists in the study of asteroids and Pluto. Ongoing telescopic research includes the spectral characterization of asteroids posing a potential hazard to Earth as well as those that may be most easily reachable by future robotic and human missions. He is a co-investigator on NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.
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Planetary Science & Astronomy

Tanja Bosak

The Bosak Lab uses experimental geobiology to explore modern biogeochemical and sedimentological processes in microbial systems and interpret the record of life on the Early Earth.
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Geoscience
Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate

Amanda Bosh

Amanda Bosh is an astronomer and planetary scientist. Her research focus includes studies of the atmospheres of icy bodies in the outer solar system and the kinematics of planetary rings, both utilizing a technique known as stellar occultation.
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Planetary Science & Astronomy

Edward A. Boyle

Ed Boyle is a marine geochemist involved in the study of the oceanic dispersal of anthropogenic emissions and the evolution of the Earth’s climate. His research includes climatological studies of past ocean circulation patterns based on the fossil chemistry of oceanic sediments, control of late Pleistocene carbon dioxide pressure by ocean circulation and chemistry, and trace element variability in polar ice cores. He is also investigating the trace element chemistry of rivers and estuaries, and the variability of oceanic trace metals related to atmospheric transport of anthropogenic emissions and natural mineral dust into the ocean, and the transport and fate of pollutant lead and biologically-essential iron in the ocean.
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Geoscience
Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Kerri Cahoy

Kerri Cahoy’s principal interest is the study of planetary atmospheres for example using spacecraft radio systems to study the atmospheres and ionospheres of solar system planets. An electrical engineer by training, she also designs and builds instrumentation, in particular telescopes equipped with coronagraphs for direct imaging with coronagraphy on spacecraft.
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Planetary Science & Astronomy

Jane Connor

Jane Connor has taught communication and collaboration at MIT and in industry.  Her focus is on how to be both effective and authentic, and thereby increase trust, respect, and satisfaction.
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Writing Support

Timothy Cronin

The focus of Tim Cronin’s research is on the role of regional-scale atmospheric dynamics, radiative transfer, and coupled surface-atmosphere interactions in the climate system. He combines pencil-and-paper theory and simplified numerical models of the atmosphere to test hypotheses about climate sensitivity, climates of the distant past, and interactions between weather and climate.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Planetary Science & Astronomy

Daniel Cziczo

Daniel Cziczo’s research group is interested in the interrelationship of particulate matter and cloud formation. His team utilizes laboratory and field studies to elucidate how small particles interact with water vapor to form droplets and ice crystals, which are important players in the Earth’s climate system. Experiments include using small cloud chambers in the laboratory to mimic atmospheric conditions that lead to cloud formation and observing clouds in situ from remote mountaintop sites or through the use of research aircraft.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Planetary Science & Astronomy
Environmental Systems

Kerry A. Emanuel

Kerry Emanuel is a prominent meteorologist and climate scientist who specializes in tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, the role of clouds, water vapor, and upper-ocean mixing in regulation of climate, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Dara Entekhabi

Work in the Entekhabi Group spans a variety of topics in hydrology, including land-atmosphere interactions, surface water – groundwater interactions, data assimilation, and remote sensing with research covering both the areas of hydrometeorology and hydroclimatology. Recent projects have focused on land-atmosphere boundary layer estimation, remote sensing of precipitation and soil moisture, wintertime climate dynamics, designing and validating ground-based networks and urban canyon air flow.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Raffaele Ferrari

Raffaele Ferrari studies the circulation of the ocean, its impact on present and past climates, and its role on shaping biological productivity. His group combines observations, theory and numerical models to investigate the physics of the ocean and atmosphere from scales of centimeters to thousand of kilometers.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate

Glenn Flierl

Glenn Flierl is an oceanographer examining the theory of geophysical vortices and jets. His interests include modeling the physics, chemistry, and biology of strongly nonlinear ocean eddies and meandering jets, such as the Gulf Stream. Other interests include the theory of isolated nonlinear eddies with application to Gulf Stream rings, Jupiter’s Red Spot, and vortices in the solar nebula; biological patchiness and its role in ecosystem dynamics, and Hamiltonian dynamics of geophysical flows.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Planetary Science & Astronomy
Environmental Systems

Michael Follows

Mick Follows seeks to understand how the interactions of physical, chemical, and biological processes modulate the structure and function of marine microbial communities and regulate the oceanic cycles of carbon and nutrient elements on global and climate scales. Using idealized theory, numerical models and the analysis of observed data his group seeks to identify the relationships of individuals and communities to their environment, connecting cellular-scale processes to global microbial community structure.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Gregory Fournier

Greg Fournier is an expert in molecular phylogenetics, inferring the evolutionary histories of genes and genomes within microbial lineages across geological timescales, specifically, the complex histories of genes involved in “horizontal gene transfer” or HGT.
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Geoscience

Timothy Grove

Tim Grove is a geologist interested in the processes that have led to the chemical evolution of the Earth and other planets including the Moon, Mars, Mercury, and meteorite parent bodies.  His approach to understanding planetary differentiation is to combine field, petrologic, and geochemical studies of igneous rocks with high pressure, high temperature experimental petrology.
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Geoscience
Planetary Science & Astronomy

Bradford Hager

Brad Hager’s research interests include the relationship between space-geodetic observations of surface deformation, earthquakes, and dynamical processes in the Earth’s interior. He has expertise on tectonic earthquakes in regional fault systems, as well as deformation and earthquakes induced by reservoir production.
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Geoscience

Colette Heald

Colette Heald’s research interests span the topics of global atmospheric composition and chemistry, with particular focus on the interactions between the biosphere and atmosphere and the evolution and impacts of atmospheric particles.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Thomas Herring

Tom Herring’s research is in the applications of high precision geodetic measurement systems, primarily GPS, Very Long Baseline Interferometry, and Synthetic Aperture Radar. These applications include deformation monitoring both globally and in selected regions around the world; studies of atmospheric water vapor; and analysis of changes in the rotation of the Earth.
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Geoscience

Lodovica Illari

Lodovica Illari is a meteorologist, who teaches large-scale dynamics and synoptic meteorology to graduate and undergraduate students. She is responsible for the Synoptic Laboratory. Her research interests are in synoptic meteorology, severe weather and atmospheric blocking.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate

Oliver Jagoutz

Oliver Jagoutz’ research concerns the origin and evolution of the Lithosphere. Favoring a multidisciplinary approach, his research includes fieldwork, petrology, isotope geochemistry, structural geology, and major and trace element geochemistry. Particular interests include field studies on magmatic processes, magmatic accretion of continental crust in subduction zone, oceanic crust evolution, formation and evolution of the ocean-continent transition zone.
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Geoscience

Ruben Juanes

Professor Juanes is a computational geoscientist and engineer, with a strong interest in the physics of multiphase flow in porous media. His research focuses on advancing our fundamental understanding and predictive capabilities of the simultaneous flow of two or more fluids through rocks, soils and other porous materials. Research in his group combines theory, simulation and experiments that elucidate fundamental aspects of multi-fluid flow, which is then applied for prediction of large-scale Earth science problems in the areas of energy and the environment, including geological carbon sequestration, methane hydrates, and ecohydrology of arid environments.
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Geoscience
Environmental Systems

John Marshall

John Marshall is an oceanographer interested in climate and the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, which he studies through the development of mathematical and numerical models of key processes. His research has focused on problems of ocean circulation and coupled climate dynamics involving interactions between motions on different scales, using theory, laboratory experiments, observations and new innovative approaches to global ocean modeling pioneered by his group at MIT.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

David McGee

David McGee’s research focuses on understanding the atmosphere’s response to past climate changes. By documenting past changes in precipitation and winds using geochemical measurements of stalagmites, lake deposits, and marine sediments, and interpreting these records in the light of models and theory, he aims to offer data-based insights into the patterns, pace and magnitude of past hydroclimate changes.
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Geoscience
Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate

F. Dale Morgan

Dale Morgan’s research interests are in geoelectromagnetics, rock physics, applied seismology, inverse theory, environmental and engineering geophysics, energy, natural cave systems, electronic instrumentation and electrochemistry.
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Geoscience

Paul O’Gorman

Paul O’Gorman’s is particularly interested in the large-­scale dynamics of the atmosphere, the hydrological cycle, moist convection, and climate change. Recent work has focused on the response of precipitation extremes to climate change, the intensity of extra-tropical storm tracks, and the difference in warming between tropical oceans and land areas.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate

Shuhei Ono

Shuhei Ono’s research concerns the application of multiple-sulfur isotope systems to study reaction pathways in sulfur biogeochemical cycles. He applies this unique technique in the study of deep biosphere, and seafloor hydrothermal systems as well as to deep time earth history. A particular focus of his research has been to understand the origin of mass-independent sulfur isotope fractionation as a unique record of early Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and microbial evolution.
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Geoscience

Matej Pec

Matej Pec studies the mechanical and microstructural response of rocks to various driving forces associated with plate tectonic movements. To this end, he performs high-pressure, high-temperature experiments in the laboratory and compares the results to natural observations and theoretical models. He is particularly interested in the influence of melt – rock reactions and stress on melt migration in the upper mantle.
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Geoscience
Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate

Taylor Perron

Taylor Perron studies how landscapes form and evolve, both on Earth and on other planets. His approach combines theory and numerical modeling, field and remote sensing observations, analysis of data from planetary missions, and laboratory experiments. His group’s research is organized around three themes: explaining prominent landscape patterns such as branching river networks; using natural experiments to study how climate shapes landscapes; and examining planetary landforms to learn about the evolution of other worlds.
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Geoscience
Environmental Systems

Ronald G. Prinn

Ron Prinn’s research incorporates the chemistry, chemical evolution, dynamics, and physics of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets. Current projects involve atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry, climate science, and integrated assessment of science and policy regarding climate change. Through his directorship of the Center for Global Change Science and the Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change he works with social scientists to link the science, economics, and policy aspects of global change.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Paola Rizzoli

Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli is a physical oceanographer whose interests include nonlinear coherent structures such as oceanic rings shed by western boundary currents and atmospheric blocking in the atmosphere; circulation and water mass formation processes of marginal, semi-enclosed seas such as the Mediterranean and Black Sea, including modeling of their shallow water ecosystems; and investigation and modeling of the processes characterizing the tropical oceans and of their ocean/atmosphere-coupled modes of interaction.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate

Daniel Rothman

Daniel Rothman’s work has contributed widely to the understanding of the organization of the natural environment, resulting in fundamental advances in subjects ranging from seismology and fluid flow to biogeochemistry and geobiology. He has also made significant contributions to research in statistical physics. Recent areas of focused interest include the dynamics of Earth’s carbon cycle, the co-evolution of life and the environment, and the physical foundation of natural geometric forms.
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Geoscience
Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Leigh Royden

Leigh (Wiki) Royden works in the area of regional geology and geophysics, and the mechanics of large-scale continental deformation contributing to the study of geologic processes through quantitative geophysical modeling.
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Geoscience

Sara Seager

Sara Seager is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist interested in theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. Professor Seager’s space instrumentation group is focusing on “ExoplanetSat”—a 3U CubeSat capable of high precision pointing with the goal of detecting small transiting exoplanets orbiting bright, sun-like stars. The prototype is intended to be the first of a planned fleet of nanosatellites, aimed to demonstrate the graduated growth of a constellation as a new paradigm for space science missions. Professor Seager also co-leads CommCube, a platform to demonstrate novel small satellite space communication technology, and is involved in the MIT-Harvard REXIS instrument on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Planetary Science & Astronomy

Noelle Eckley Selin

Noelle Eckley Selin’s research focuses on using atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-­making strategies on air pollution, climate change and toxic substances including mercury and persistent organic pollutants. She has also published articles and book chapters on the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations, in particular focusing on global efforts to regulate hazardous chemicals and persistent organic pollutants.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Susan Solomon

Susan Solomon is internationally recognized as a leader in atmospheric science, particularly for her insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone “hole”. She and her colleagues have made important contributions to understanding chemistry/climate coupling, including leading research on the irreversibility of global warming linked to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, and on the influence of the ozone hole on the climate of the southern hemisphere. Her current focus is on issues relating to both atmospheric chemistry and climate change.
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Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Environmental Systems

Roger Summons

Roger Summons has wide ranging interests in biogeochemistry and geobiology. His research group studies the co-evolution of Earth’s early life and environment, microbially dominated ecosystems, the structure and biosynthesis of membrane lipids, biological mass extinction events and the origins of fossil fuels. Specific areas of interest include lipid chemistry of geologically significant microbes, organic and isotopic indicators of climate change, biomarkers in sediments and petroleum, origins of life and early life on the Earth.
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Geoscience
Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
Planetary Science & Astronomy

Robert van der Hilst

Rob van der Hilst’s cross-disciplinary and collaborative research focuses on understanding geological processes in Earth’s deep interior, both on a regional scale – for instance, continental structure and evolution of Tibet, East Asia, and North America, the subduction of oceanic plates beneath western Pacific island arcs, the upper mantle transition zone beneath Hawaii, and the complex region just above the core mantle boundary beneath Asia and Central America – and the global scale, unraveling, for instance, the pattern and nature of mantle convection. The main tools he uses (and develops) are global reflection seismology and seismic tomography, but he integrates these findings with constraints from geology, (geomagnetic) plate reconstructions, mineral physics, and geodynamics.
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Geoscience

Benjamin Weiss

Benjamin Weiss is interested in the formation, evolution, and history of the terrestrial planets and small bodies, with particular interests in paleomagnetism and geomagnetism, planetary geophysics, meteoritics, and planetary paleoclimate and habitability. He studies meteorites and samples from extraterrestrial bodies to understand the history of these planetary geophysical and geochemical processes.
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Geoscience
Planetary Science & Astronomy

Jack Wisdom

Jack Wisdom’s research interests include the long-term evolution of the orbits and spins of the planets and natural satellites, qualitative behavior of dynamical systems and chaotic behavior.
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Planetary Science & Astronomy

Maria Zuber

Maria Zuber’s research focuses on the structure and tectonics of solid solar system objects. She specializes in using gravity and laser altimetry measurements to determine interior structure and evolution and has been involved in more than half a dozen NASA planetary missions aimed at mapping the Moon, Mars, Mercury, as well as several asteroids. She was principal investigator for the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) and as such became the first woman to lead a NASA spacecraft mission.
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Geoscience
Planetary Science & Astronomy