Who's who? Who's new? November 2019

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News
Monday, November 4, 2019

This month, we welcome Skye Keeshin as a Research Support Associate in the Isotope Laboratory, and Paul Corlies and Christopher Kinsley join the department as Postdocs. Congratulations to Janusz Petkowski of the Seager group and Adam Jost of the Bergmann group, who have been promoted to Research Scientist.


Paul Corlies joins the Soderblom group as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Titan is the only other body than Earth to host an active hydrologic cycle with clouds, rain, lakes, and rivers. To understand this cycle, I use a combination of space-based Cassini data and Earth-based observations to monitor and analyze the formation and evolution of clouds in Titan's atmosphere. So far, my research has focused on the identification of new clouds and the modelling of the ensemble properties of Titan's clouds observed to date. At MIT, I plan to further expand the cloud modelling code to look at the in-depth formation and evolution of individual cloud systems and how these can be couple to mesoscale models and general circulation models. These studies are valuable in understanding the dynamics of Titan's atmosphere as well as connections that may exist between the atmosphere and surface.  

Other research interests include: (ice) giant atmosphere, exoplanetary atmosphere retrievals, near-IR and submillimeter instrumentation, and cometary surfaces.

Corlies has a master's/PhD from Cornell University and a BA from University of Pennsylvania.


Christopher Kinsley joins the McGee group as a Postdoctoral Associate after completing his PhD defense in the MIT-WHOI JP (EAPS). Kinsley is a geoscientist fascinated by the controls on Earth’s climate, and how we can reconstruct past changes to the climate system to inform ourselves of potential future change. He uses inorganic geochemistry as a tool to examine changes to windblown mineral dust over the most recent glacial-interglacial cycles. Through high precision measurements of radiogenic isotopes on dust physically and chemically isolated from ocean sediments, Kinsley produces records of dust flux (using uranium and thorium) and provenance change (using lead, neodymium, and strontium). These data provide quantitative reconstructions of dust flux changes and can also be used to infer changes to atmospheric circulation and hydroclimate. He is currently working on core sites influenced by the West African and East Asian Monsoons where his work will inform our understanding of how hydroclimate in these regions responds to changing climate boundary conditions over orbital- to millennial-timescales.

Kinsley has a PhD in Inorganic Geochemistry/Paleoclimate from MIT-WHOI (EAPS) and a MEarthSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford.


Research, and Other Staff who have left:

Alexander Ponefract-Research Scientist-Zuber Group
Nicholas Lutsko -- Postdoc, Cronin Group
Melanie Gerault -- Postdoc, Royden Group
Liang Guo -- Visiting Scientist, Jagoutz Group
Isabella Bennett -- Research Support Associate, Isotope Lab