The Executive Committee of the Corporation has approved the promotion of five EAPS faculty: Greg Fournier to associate professor, Paul O'Gorman and Taylor Perron to full professor, and tenure for Kerry Cahoy and David McGee.
GREG FOURNIER joined the faculty at MIT in 2014 and is an expert in molecular phylogenetics, inferring the evolutionary histories of genes and genomes within microbial lineages across geological timescales—specifically, by examining the complexities of the horizontal gene transfer mechanism.
PAUL O'GORMAN'S research interests are 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. O'Gorman joined the MIT faculty in 2008.
TAYLOR PERRON, faculty member since 2009 and current EAPS associate department head, 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.
KERRI CAHOY, holding a joint appointment in MIT's AeroAstro since 2011, leads the Space Telecommunications, Astronomy, and Radiation (STAR) Lab. She develops nanosatellite laser communication systems and weather sensors, such as the Microsized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite (MicroMAS) and the Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration (MiRaTA) mission.
DAVID MCGEE joined EAPS faculty in 2012 and investigates the atmosphere's response to past climate changes, documenting historical precipitation and winds using geochemical measurements of stalagmites, lake deposits, and marine sediments to understand the patterns, pace, and magnitude of past hydroclimate changes.
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