2019-2020 EAPS FELLOWS


Noah Anderson (J.H. and E.V. Wade Fellow) is a second-year PhD student in Geology, Geobiology, and Geochemistry working with Kristin Bergmann. Noah is focused on using sedimentology and geochemistry to constrain the environmental conditions that influenced the establishment and rapid evolution of complex life in the Ediacaran and Cambrian periods.

Lesly Franco (Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow) is a PhD student studying aerosols and clouds at MIT with Professor Dan Cziczo. She did her masters degree in fire and forestry at the University of Washington in Seattle and her undergraduate degree at UCLA in environmental science. Her background in fire and forestry will allow her to take an interdisciplinary view on the connection between wildfire emitted aerosols and their impacts on ice nuclei in mixed-phase clouds. In her free time she likes to hike, snowboard, cook good food, and spend time with her family.

Lyssa (Elisabeth) Freese (Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow) is a second-year PhD student in Atmospheric Science, working with Noelle Selin. She is interested in the intersection of energy policy and climate, and their impacts on air pollution and health; specifically she works on future U.S. energy policy and the potential health impacts of air pollution under future climate scenarios. Prior to coming to MIT she worked for environmental think tanks in D.C. and Beijing, and completed her B.Sc. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs at Georgetown University.

Alexandra Elizabeth Jones (John H. Carlson Fellow) is a first year MIT-WHOI Joint Program student working with Dr. MIck Follows. She is interested in using the Darwin Project model, satellite remote sensing, and flow cytometry to study phytoplankton ecology and primary productivity. Before coming to MIT, she recieved her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Temple University.

Donald Martocello (Callahan-Dee Fellow) is a student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Chemical Oceanography interested in studying denitrification and the nitrogen cycle, especially trace metal controls on this biogeochemical cycle. He is presently working to explore denitrification in Pseudomonas aeruginosa by using microfluidic devices to precisely control the chemical gradients the microorganisms experience.

Joanna Millstein (Toksoz Fellow) is a second-year PhD student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program working with Professor Brent Minchew. Her research uses radar observations to address fundamental questions regarding glacier and ice shelf dynamics. Millstein graduated from Dartmouth College in 2017 with a degree in Earth Sciences with a focus in glaciology. Prior to starting at EAPS, Millstein spent a year travelling the polar latitudes as the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow.

Angel Mojarro (Grayce BKerr Fellow) is a third-year PhD student in the Geology, Geochemistry, and Geobiology program co-advised by Roger Summons and Maria Zuber. His research is focused on biomarker preservation and life detection with an emphasis on understanding the origins of life and the search for life beyond Earth. Mojarro received his bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 2011. He later spent time on the research staff at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital prior to starting at EAPS.

Prajwal Niraula (Grayce B. Kerr Fellow, James Elliot Fellow) completed his undergraduate in physics and mathematics from Saint Peter's University, NJ. He then went on to his masters from Wesleyan University, CT in Astronomy with planetary science concentration. At MIT his search revolves around finding planets around late M Dwarfs as well as studying the atmosphere of these discovered planets using spectroscopy and through time series data.

Meghana Ranganathan (Sven Treitel [1953] Fellow) is a third-year PhD student in Climate Science working with Dr. Brent Minchew.  Her work focuses on how ice moves in ice streams (fast-flowing regions of ice that is responsible for most of the mass loss in Antarctica).  She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2017 with a degree in mathematics and has a passion for science communication, reading fiction, and writing.

Jeemin Rhim (Callahan-Dee Fellow) is a fifth year graduate student in the MIT EAPS Geobiology program, working with Professor Shuhei Ono. She studies the patterns and distribution of atoms in methane molecules produced by microorganisms. This information can be used to identify the source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas and potential biomarker on Earth (as well as other planets). Jeemin recieved her B.A. in environmental earth science from UC at Berkeley.

Cassandra Seltzer (Professor Patrick M. Hurley Fellow) joined EAPS in the Fall of 2018 to work with Matěj Peč on rock physics and deformation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science and History from the University of Michigan, and is interested in the seismic and rheologic properties of Earth materials under stress.

Emilie Skoog (Warren Klein Fellow) is a PhD student in Professor Tanja Bosak’s lab and received her bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California. Skoog is working on metagenomic and physiological analysis of extant cyanobacteria from ancient stromatolites.


Catherine Wilka (Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow) is a PhD student in Climate Physics and Chemistry. Her work focuses on chemical changes in the stratosphere due to the monsoon and the influences of volcanoes. In her free time, Catherine is learning to sail on the Charles River and enjoys sampling the local Cambridge culinary scene.

2018-2019 EAPS FELLOWS

Caue Borlina - Robert R. Shrock Fellow
MIchaela Fendrock - Whiteman Fellow
Manuel Florez Torres - Sven Treitel Fellow
Lesley Franco - Norman C. RasmussenFellow
James Hall - Patrick M. Hurley Fellow
Matthieu Kohl - Warren G. Klein Fellow
Donald Martocello - Callahan-Dee Fellow
Kasturi Shah - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Tyker Tamasi - Whiteman Fellow
Meghana Ranganathan - Callahan-Dee Fellow
Tajana Schneiderman - James L. Elliot Fellow
Joanna Millstein - Theodore R. Madden Fellow
Cassandra Seltzer- M. Nafi Toksoz Fellow
Emilie Skoog - John H. Carlson Fellow
Prajwal Niraula - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow

2017-2018 EAPS FELLOWS

Tristan Abbott - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Eric Beauce - Theodore R. Madden Fellow
Patrick Beaudry - Sven Treitel Fellow
Ekaterina Bolotskaya - M. Nafi Toksöz Fellow
Caue Borlina - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Michaela Fendrock - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Manuel Flores-Torrez - Shrock Fellow
Sam Goldberg - Patrick Hurley Fellow
Ziwei Li - Warren G. Klein Fellow
Megan Lickley - Callahan-Dee Fellow
John Lin - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Clara Maurel - Whiteman Fellow
Meghana Ranganathan - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Raphael Rousseu-Rizzi - J.H. and E.V. Wade Fellow
Tajana Schneiderman - Whiteman Fellow
Kasturi Shah - Frederick Middleton Fellow
Catherine Wilka - John H. Carlson Fellow
Jeehyun Yang - Whiteman Fellow

2016-2017 EAPS FELLOWS

Tristan Abbott - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Ekaterina Bolotskaya - Theodore R. Madden Fellow
Marjorie Cantine - Whiteman Fellow
Margaret Duffy - Whiteman Fellow
Tao Feng - Callahan-Dee Fellow
Manuel Flores- Torrez - M. Nafi Toksöz Fellow
Mukund Gupta - John H. Carlson Fellow
Tianyi Huang - Frederick Middleton Fellow
Ziwei Li - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Jeemin Rhim - Shrock Fellow
Raphael Rousseau-Rizzi - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Eric Stansifer - Shrock Fellow
Catherine Wilka - Warren G. Klein Fellow
Martin Wolf - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Maria Zawadowicz - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow

2015-2016 EAPS FELLOWS

Josimar Alves da Silva - Theodore R. Madden Fellow
John Biersteker - Whiteman Fellow
Christine Chen - Callahan-Dee Fellow
Margaret Duffy - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Tao Feng - Warren G. Klein Fellow
Charles Gertler - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Mukund Gupta - Frederick Middleton Fellow
Niraj Inamdar - Robert R. Shrock Fellow
Shujuan Mao - M. Nafi Toksöz Fellow
Harry Matchette-Downs - Schlumberger Fellow
Jamie Potter - Theodore Madden Fellow
Jeemin Rhim - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Catherine Wilka - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Martin Wolf - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow
Madeline Youngs - Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow

2014-2015 EAPS FELLOWS

Jared Atkinson - Whiteman Fellow
Tom Beucler - Neil and Anna Rasmussen Fellow
Katie Castagno - Neil and Anna Rasmussen Fellow
Christine Chen - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Manuel Flores Torrez - Theodore Madden Fellow
Chen Gu - M. Nafi Toksöz Fellow
Niraj Inamdar - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Christopher Kinsley - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Mingwei Li - Whiteman Fellow
Diamilet Perez-Betancourt - Warren G. Klein Fellow
Sandra Shedd - Whiteman Fellow
Elena Steponaitis - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Haoyue Wang - Theodore Madden Fellow

2013-2014 EAPS FELLOWS

Mike Byrne - Frank Fellow
Danielle Gruen - Neil and Anna Rasmussen Fellow
Ben Klein - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Emily Matys - Whiteman Fellow
Michael McClellan - Neil and Anna Rasmussen Fellow
Sharon Newman - Frank Fellow
Shaojie Song - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow
Elena Steponaitis - Warren G. Klein Fellow
Matthew Webber - Whiteman Fellow
Lucas Willemsen - M. Nafi Toksöz Fellow
Maria Zawadowicz - Grayce B. Kerr Fellow



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