Emily Kane is a PhD student in the Earth System Science department at UCI. Her research is focused on investigating glacier dynamics over short time scales to determine how glaciers are changing. She has spent many weeks in Greenland collecting data and can’t wait to go back. Emily enjoys spending her time off at the beach and expanding her shoe collection.
Daniel Ruiz is a PhD student at UCI in the Earth System Science Department. His research focuses on using of satellites to detect extreme air pollution events, including large-scale episodes that extend for 100s of kilometers for multiple days. When not working on research, Daniel enjoys surfing and woodworking.
John Powers is a PhD student at UC Irvine in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His research focuses on chemical floral attractants in a radiation of endangered Hawaiian plants. He is interested in understanding how floral volatiles change with evolutionary shifts in pollination and mating systems, with an eye toward conserving the unique organisms on these islands. When not in the greenhouse, John enjoys tramping and purchasing large vegetables.
John Patterson is a PhD student in Earth System Science at UCI. For his research, he analyzes the gases stored in ice core bubbles from Antarctica in order to understand how Earth's atmosphere has changed over thousands of years. Outside of the lab, he enjoys climbing, hiking, and skiing.
Dawn Woodard is a PhD student at UC Irvine in Earth System Science. Her research is on carbon cycles and climate feedbacks. When not working on research Dawn spends her time hiking and exploring the southern California wilderness.
Shane Coffield is a PhD student in Earth System Science at UCI. He studies the impact of climate change and land management on Californian ecosystems, particularly in terms of carbon storage and wildfires. His hobbies include hiking, traveling, and astronomy.
Dr. Mindy Nicewonger graduated in 2019. She studies the past atmospheric composition through use of ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland. She has spent many months at the South Pole for her research projects. Mindy received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Now she is employed as a post-doctoral scholar at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Colorado. When not in the ice core freezers, Mindy enjoys hiking, biking and gardening.
Dr. Dianne Sanchez received her Ph.D. from UCI ESS in 2019 and works for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. At UCI, her research in atmospheric chemistry focused on the interactions between humans, the biosphere, and atmosphere. She participated in international air quality campaigns in South Korea where she explored the photochemical interactions between urban pollution and biogenic emissions from dense forests. Dianne hopes to use her Ph.D. and knowledge of the Earth system to become a science communicator. Outside of the lab, you can find Dianne at the beach or at local venues checking out the latest band in town. She enjoys swimming and cooking on her free time.
Dr. Mike Wood graduated from UCI ESS in 2019. His research focused on the interactions between oceanic circulation patterns and glacier dynamics in Greenland. When not in the office, Mike enjoys surfing and climbing.
Dr. Clayton Elder graduated from ESS UCI in January 2018. His research used carbon isotopes to investigate permafrost carbon emissions from Arctic lakes. Clayton is a nature lover, so in his free time you will find him hiking the mountains and deserts of California, or snorkeling the coves of Orange County’s beaches.