Earth Systems Science

Qinghua Ding

Qinghua Ding received his Ph.D from the University of Hawaii in 2008. His Ph.D work was to understand the Asian monsoon variability over the last 60 years and its linkage with the global circulation variability. In 2010, he started to work at University of Washington as Research Associate on developing an isotope-enabled global climate model and understanding the recent climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic from the perspective of climate dynamics. He found that the recent warming trend in the Arctic and Antarctic is partly attributed to a tropical SST-related natural variability.

Nick Nidzieko

I am a coastal physical oceanographer. I study mixing in estuaries and seasonal variations in coastal circulation with the goal of understanding how physics affects coastal ecosystems. I use a mid-sized propeller-driven autonomous underwater vehicle as an observational platform and develop routines for making autonomous, adaptive measurements.

David Tilman

David Tilman's research focuses on the causes, consequences, and conservation of Earth’s biodiversity, and on how managed and natural ecosystems can sustainably meet human needs for food, energy, and ecosystem services. His current research explores ways to use biodiversity as a tool for biofuel production and climate stabilization through carbon sequestration.

Alicia Cortes

Research Interests: Limnology, gravity current dynamics, coastal oceanography, biogeochemical responses to physical processes My research focuses on understanding of the pathways of incoming streams in near-shore environments, with an emphasis on impacts to kelp forest. I am particularly interested in field observations and the characterization of physical processes like mixing between the streams and the ocean water.

Roberta Rudnick

My research focuses on the origin and evolution of the continents, including the continental lithospheric mantle. Emphasis is placed on integration of data from a wide diversity of sources, including petrography, petrology, major and trace element geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and geophysics in order to determine the bulk crust composition of the crust, the processes that have influenced its composition through time and why the Earth has continents. I have also been investigating the lithium isotope system as a tool for tracing fluid flow, continental weathering and crustal recycling.

Max Moritz

Much of my work is focused on understanding the dynamics of fire regimes at relatively broad scales and applying this information in ecosystem management. We use quantitative analyses of fire history, examining the relative importance of different mechanisms that drive fire patterns on the landscape, to develop a variety of fire models. Research in my lab ranges from local to global scales, and we have recently published new projections of fire activity under climate change scenarios.

Andrew Plantinga

Andrew Plantinga’s research focuses on the economics of land use, climate change, and forests. Particular emphasis is given to the development of methods for econometrically modeling land-use decisions, the analysis of environmental policies that affect private land-use decisions, and the modeling of land development pressures. A current project, funded by the National Science Foundation, involves the development of econometric land-use models to support an integrated analysis of climate change and water scarcity in the Willamette Basin of Oregon.

Rachel Simons

I am a coastal physical oceanographer and modeler. I study the interactions between physical and biological processes in estuaries and the coastal ocean using numerical models.  My research focuses on understanding how oceanographic features, such as eddies, upwelling, and fronts, influence patterns of primary productivity, larval dispersal and connectivity, and ecological hot spots.  I use biophysical models, three-dimensional circulation models with particle tracking to represent the biological process, along with empirical data to address these interdisciplinary problems.

Bodo Bookhagen

Understanding Quaternary climate change, geomorphic processes, landscape evolution, and tectonic processes through integrated studies involving cosmogenic radionuclide dating, recent and past climatic records, remote sensing, numerical modeling, and field observations


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