Who's who? Who's new? April 2021

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

This month, we welcome postdocs Qian Li, Bin Lyu and Sinikka Lennartz.

Qian LiQian Li is a postdoctoral associate in the Marshall group. Her research has been focused on the Southern Ocean mesoscale eddy-mean flow interaction, Antarctic Circumpolar Current dynamics and mixed layer dynamics. Her research combines a range of observational data from satellites and profiling floats in the context of ocean reanalyses, ocean state estimations and high-resolution numerical models. Her present research aims to investigate the future Southern Ocean climate change, particularly under the impact of Antarctic glacier melt.

Qian received her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in 2018. Before arriving at MIT, Qian was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.


Bin LyuBin Lyu joins the Nakata group as a postdoctoral associate. His research interests focus on seismic imaging and inversion, seismic attributes, and microseismic event location. He has several years’ experience as a geophysicist on developing and applying seismic processing, velocity analysis, and depth migration methods for the land seismic data with both complicated topography and subsurface structures. During the PhD, he has developed multispectral dip, coherence, and aberrancy seismic geometric attributes to assist incised channel delineation and fault identification. At MIT, Bin Lyu works on improving microseismic event location using wavefield back-propagation methods.

Bin Lyu received his BS and MS in Geophysics from China University of Petroleum, and PhD in Geophysics from University of Oklahoma.


Sinikka LennartzSinikka Lennartz joins the Follows group and is a biogeochemical modeller broadly interested in processes that affect elemental cycles on a global scale. Her current focus lies on the role of microbial interactions for the turnover of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the ocean. DOM constitutes a major carbon reservoir, larger than the terrestrial and marine biomass combined, but the processes leading to its persistence and spatiotemporal distribution remain poorly understood. During her fellowship, she will investigate the drivers of basin-scale DOM patterns as well as general principles of synergistic and antagonistic interactions within microbial communities from a theoretical perspective. To this end, she applies numerical models of varying levels of complexity, ranging from network box models to ocean circulation models.  

Lennartz holds a PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry from the University of Kiel/Geomar Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, as well as an MSc and BSc in Geoecology/Environmental Sciences from TU Braunschweig and University of Tuebingen, Germany.


Who has left:
Jason Dittmann, Seager group
Brian Zambri, Solomon group