2017-2018 EAPS FELLOWS

Tristan Abbott (Grayce B. Kerr Fellow) started his PhD at MIT in Fall 2016 and is currently studying tropical convection with Prof. Timothy Cronin. Until the spring of 2016, Tristan was an undergraduate computer science major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he developed his interest in numerical and mathematical modeling of the Earth's atmosphere.

Eric Beauce (Theodore R. Madden Fellow) joined the Geophysics Program at MIT in Fall 2016, after getting a Master's degree in Physics from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France. Under the supervision of Prof. Rob van der Hilst, Beauce is studying the seismicity of the Western Alps (France/Italy), which involves the development of earthquake detection methods adapted to this region.

Patrick Beaudry (Sven Treitel Fellow) started his PhD studies in Fall 2016, and is combining experimental petrology and stable isotope geochemistry to investigate volatile cycling in subduction zones, working with Profs. Timothy Grove and Shuhei Ono. He studied Earth Sciences at McGill University as an undergraduate student and obtained a Masters' degree from Queens College - City University of New York. 

Ekaterina Bolotskaya (M. Nafi Toksöz Fellow) began her PhD studies in Fall 2016 working with Prof. Bradford Hager. She is interested in the theory of fracturing and friction which may help us understand the origin and the features of a fault's motion during natural and induced earthquakes. Bolotskaya has also finished Art School and in her spare time enjoys drawing.

Caue Borlina (Grayce B. Kerr Fellow) started his PhD in Planetary Science at MIT in the Fall of 2016. He is working with Prof. Benjamin Weiss studying the evolution of the Earth’s magnetic field, focusing on when it started and how it varied during the first billion years of the Earth. He is also interested in habitability across our universe. Before coming to MIT Borlina completed his Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Michaela Fendrock (Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow) is a first-year MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate student working with Prof. David McGee. Fendrock, who graduated from Wellesley with a double major in Geosciences and Astronomy in 2014, is studying Marine Geology and Geochemistry.

Manuel Flores-Torrez (Shrock Fellow) is a fifth year PhD student in geophysics. His work combines computational modeling and analysis of massive seismic data sets with the aim of constraining the physical mechanism of intermediate-depth and deep earthquakes and their relationship to complex subduction zone processes. Before coming to MIT Manuel completed his Master of Science and undergraduate degrees in physics at the Universidad de los Andes and the National University of Colombia, respectively.

Sam Goldberg (Patrick Hurley Fellow) is a second-year graduate student in geology. He uses numerical modeling and observations of the present world to understand how Earth’s surface drainage has changed over geologic time and to reveal the processes that may have occurred in the portions of past landscapes no longer preserved. He also studies the climatic setting of early animal evolution using clumped isotope paleothermometry, to explore linkages between climate changes and the timing of evolutionary pulses.

Ziwei Li (Warren G. Klein Fellow) is a second year PhD student focused on atmospheric science. He is currently working with Prof. O’Gorman on quantifying the dynamical contributions associated with precipitation extremes in the changing climate. Before joining EAPS, he was an undergraduate in physics and atmospheric sciences in Peking University.

Megan Lickley (Callahan-Dee Fellow) joined EAPS in 2015 and is working with Prof. Susan Solomon on climate change, energy policy, and risk analysis. Lickley holds a Bachelor degree in mathematics and statistics from the Univ. of Acadia, Canada, and a Masters in Technology and Policy from MIT's Engineering Systems Division. 

John Lin (Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow) joined EAPS in Fall 2017 having earned an undergraduate degree at Princeton University where he majored in computer science. Lin is studying tropical meteorology with Prof. Kerry Emanuel.

Clara Maurel (Whiteman Fellow) is a second year PhD student working with Prof. Ben Weiss on the magnetic properties of asteroids. Maurel holds a Masters in aeronautic and aerospace engineering from the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), Toulouse, France.

Meghana Ranganathan (Norman C. Rasmussen Fellow) joined EAPS in Fall 2017 to study atmospheric science and is a member of the Ravela Group. For her undergraduate degree Ranganathan majored in mathematics at Swarthmore College, specializing in applied mathematics. She has also been a guest blogger for Scientific American.

Raphael Rousseau-Rizzi (J.H. and E.V. Wade Fellow) has always been very curious and fond of learning, that curiosity being fostered by observing the outdoors while sailing and hiking. Rousseau-Rizzi found he naturally moved towards science domains, first with aerospace engineering, then with a masters in atmospheric sciences. In EAPS, where he has been a graduate student since Fall 2016, he is studying tropical cyclogenesis with Prof. Kerry Emanuel.

Tajana Schneiderman (Whiteman Fellow) is a second year planetary sciences graduate student working with Prof. Sara Seager on the detection of exoplanets around the nearest stars. In particular she is interested in the distribution of volatiles in protoplanetary disks and their relationship with Solar System abundances. In her free time, Schneiderman enjoys reading, backpacking, and rock climbing.

Kasturi Shah (Frederick Middleton Fellow) began her PhD in September 2017 working with Prof. Susan Solomon. Before coming to MIT, Shah studied Physics at Princeton University and then did research for a year at Climate Central and at Columbia University. Kasturi enjoys rowing, mountaineering and making art.

Catherine Wilka (John H. Carlson Fellow) is a third year PhD student interested in climate physics and chemistry. Working with Prof. Susan Solomon her research is focused on chemical changes in the stratosphere due to the monsoon and the influence of volcanoes. In her free time, Catherine is learning to sail on the Charles River and enjoys sampling the local Cambridge culinary scene.

Jeehyun Yang (Whiteman Fellow) came to EAPS in the Fall of 2016 after earning a Bachelor degree in Resource Engineering at Hokkaido University, Japan. Yang is studying the early Earth and planetary atmospheres from the view point of physical chemistry and spectroscopy. His faculty advisor is Shuhei Ono. Yang is excited to have started playing ice hockey since arriving at MIT.

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


For further information on giving opportunities or creating a named fund to benefit the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, please contact:

Angela Ellis
Senior Development Officer
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT
617 253 5796

Keep up to date with all things EAPS: subscribe to our newsletter - eapsnewsletter@mit.edu

Urgent Need

MIT has an extraordinary, time-limited opportunity to play a central role in this historical scientific initiative to discover habitats and signs of life outside of our solar system. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000,000 to build one new SPECULOOS (1-meter) telescope to be installed in Tenerife, Spain by 2018, and to help with operating costs, graduate research assistants and travel. We have potential gifts in the pipeline totaling $700,000 so far! Will you help us find more exoplanets around ultra cool stars like TRAPPIST-1? To accelerate this exoplanet research and bring MIT into the SPECULOOS consortium, please consider a gift to the SPECULOOS project! Call Angela Ellis at 617-253-5796 or email aellis@mit.edu for information.