Mingwei Li, PhD Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (2019)
Mingwei is interested in the future Chinese emissions of air pollutants and their impacts on the air quality over the U.S. through trans-Pacific transport using GEOS-Chem model. She is also interested in the health impact of air pollution. Prior to coming to MIT, Mingwei earned her Master’s Degree in environmental engineering at Tsinghua University in China, and her master’s thesis was about the implications of the variations in the interhemispheric difference of CO2 on global carbon fluxes.
Hélène Angot, Postdoctoral Associate (2017-2018)
Helene investigates the sources and pathways of potential mercury exposure using integrated modeling and data analysis. In the context of public health, she examines whether upstream policy-induced variations in mercury emissions will result in local changes in contamination. Prior to joining MIT, Helene completed her PhD at the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l’Environnement (LGGE, Grenoble, France) where she studied the atmospheric cycle of mercury in remote areas of the Southern Hemisphere (subantarctic and Antarctic regions). During her free time, Helene loves swimming, hiking, and traveling.
Ben Brown-Steiner, Postdoctoral Associate (2015-2017)
Dr. Benjamin Brown-Steiner was a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the Center for Global Change Science. His research focused on understanding uncertainties associate with simulations of regional atmospheric chemistry, model development and looking at ways to move from a two-dimensional to a three-dimensional atmospheric chemistry model in the MIT Integrated Global System Model (IGSM). Prior to MIT he worked on climate-chemistry simulations examining various impacts on surface air chemistry in the Eastern US as well as diagnostic analysis of the capabilities and limitations of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) with Chemistry. He is also interested in science communication with non-scientists and has regularly volunteered in his community as a science writer and communicator. He now works at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc.
Amanda Giang, Ph.D. Engineering Systems (2017); Postdoctoral Associate (2017)
Amanda's research focuses on how to effectively use modelling to inform environmental governance decisions. She is studying how integrated assessment models can be used to inform local to global scale governance of long-ranged, persistent pollutants like mercury. She received her PhD in Engineering Systems in 2017. She is now Assistant Professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
Evan Couzo, Postdoctoral Associate (2014-2015)
Evan Couzo is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 2015. As a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, Evan evaluated how sustainable development decisions in Saudi Arabia might affect air quality and health impacts. His research interests cover a broad range of air quality issues from pollutant formation to regulatory decision-making to public health. Before joining MIT, Evan studied the contribution of heterogeneous nitrous acid formation to oxidant chemistry and radical cycling in an urban environment. He has investigated how power plant emissions impact ozone formation in the northeastern U.S., and he has also researched non-typical ozone formation in Houston, Texas. Evan received his PhD from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. He also holds a masters degree from the same institution, a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Mississippi, and a bachelors degree in physics from Williams College. Before becoming an environmental scientist, Evan was a middle school math teacher in the Mississippi Delta.
Evan enjoys hiking with his dog, cooking, traveling, reading, and other sorts of things that make him seem interesting and well-rounded.
Carey Friedman, Postdoctoral Associate (2010-2015)
Carey was a Postdoctoral Associate/Fellow in the Selin Group from 2005-2010. While at MIT, she expanded the GEOS-Chem model to include simulations of the atmospheric transport of persistent organic pollutants (specifically, PAHs and PCBs), toxic contaminants that persist in the environment. She used the new simulations to investigate various research questions, including what are important pathways and mechanisms in the long-range atmospheric transport of POPs to the Arctic? How will long-range POP transport be affected by climate change? How do particles play a role in the atmospheric transport of POPs?
Carey is now an Assistant Professor of Marine Science in the Corning School of Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy. At MMA she teaches chemistry and marine geochemistry to marine science and engineering majors. She plans to continue investigating the transport and fate of POPs in the environment with help from MMA undergrads.
Fernando Garcia Menendez, Postdoctoral Associate (2013-2015)
Fernando is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research interests include air pollution, environmental modeling and numerical methods. As a postdoc at MIT, Fernando studied the impacts of climate change and climate policy on air quality and associated health effects. A major component of his work has been to investigate uncertainty in climate projections and its propagation to air pollution impact assessments. Towards this end, he used integrated assessment, global climate–chemistry, and air quality impacts models. Before coming to MIT, Fernando completed his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech where his research focused on high-resolution methods for photochemical air quality models and simulating the impact of fires on air pollution. At NC State, he plans to use computational models to further explore connections between air pollution, climate, energy and health. He is also a big fan of sports and literature. Fernando misses Boston, but is happy to have moved away from the snow and closer to southern bbq.
Sae Yun Kwon, Postdoctoral Associate (2015-2017)
Sae was a postdoctoral associate at the Selin Group between 2015 and 2017. While at MIT, she explored the uncertainties in atmospheric mercury modeling in the context of policy effectiveness evaluation, specifically the Minamata Convention on Mercury. She also developed a rice paddy biogeochemical cycle model for mercury to elucidate important sources, biogeochemical processes, and fate of mercury in rice paddies. Through her modeling work, she addressed a number of public health relevant questions originating via rice ingestion in China. Some of her research questions include 1) what are the sources of mercury that contaminate rice in China, 2) what types of processes and factors determine the spatial variability in rice mercury concentrations across China, and 3) how do mercury emission policies and technologies influence future rice mercury concentrations and public health risks in China?
Sae is now Assistant Professor at the School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea). She plans to continue her modeling work to understand how various emission policies and technologies influence sources, processes, and fate of pollutants at multiple spatiotemporal scales. Her research will also combine measurement studies of mercury stable isotopes to elucidate ecosystem-specific sources, biogeochemical processes, and fate of mercury in the natural environment.
Daniel Rothenberg, Postdoctoral Associate (2016-2017)
Daniel’s research interests broadly intersect the theme of atmospheric composition, its role in climate change, and the ways that anthropogenic activity can influence both. Originally trained as a meteorologist, his doctoral work undertaken in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences focused on better representing aerosol-cloud interactions in climate models, and how uncertainty in these processes “clouds” our understanding of climate change. Working with colleagues in Noelle’s group, he studied the role of climate variability on influencing air quality in both the present and future. Beyond this core research, Daniel is active in the science policy community through MIT and other Boston-based organizations such as the American Meteorological Society, an advocate for open/reproducible science, and a zealous Pythonista. When he’s not coding or working, he enjoys unhealthy amounts of coffee and performing on the violin.
Tammy Thompson, Postdoctoral Associate (2010-2013)
As part of MIT's Joint Program, Tammy worked on expanding the capabilities of global scale modeling efforts by incorporating regional-scale modeling of ozone and particulate matter in order to evaluate potential air quality and human health impacts of transportation policies. Prior to joining the Selin group at MIT, Tammy worked as a PostDoc at the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas, using regional scale photochemical air quality models to guide the development of Electricity and Transportation Policies. She was a Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University, and is now a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Ellen Czaika, PhD, Engineering Systems (2015)
Ellen is interested in the organizational dynamics of creating sustainable changes in supply chains and policy and in how mutual gains negotiation/consensus building theory and processes assist in making these changes. Her research at MIT examined at whether and how models can be used in sustainability negotiations and decisions. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Jareth Holt, PhD, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (2016)
Jareth's dissertation focused on the sensitivity of inorganic aerosol impacts to U.S. precursor emissions. Jareth was co-advised with Susan Solomon in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Danya Rumore, PhD, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (2015)
Danya Rumore is the Associate Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program in the Wallace Stegner at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. She is a research affiliate of the University of Utah Ecological Planning Center and Global Change and Sustainability Center. She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Policy and Planning at MIT in the summer of 2015. Danya's research and work focus on supporting more collaborative decision-making around science-intensive environmental issues, with a focus on climate change adaptation, water resources management, and land use planning. During her time at MIT, she was the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative and the Project Manager for the New England Climate Adaptation Project. Her dissertation research tested the effectiveness of science-based role-play simulations as a tool for civic education and engagement around climate change adaptation. She is an author of the book Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities: Strategies for Engagement, Readiness and Adaptation.
Rebecca Saari, PhD, Engineering Systems (2015)
Rebecca developed an integrated assessment modeling framework to explore the interactions between energy and environmental policies. This framework represents atmospheric processes and environmental policies, and quantifies their effect on our energy mix, economic prosperity, and income inequality. She is a fan of clean air, Canada, Canucks, and canoes. She is now an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo.
Leah Stokes, PhD, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (2015)
Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She received her PhD in Public Policy and masters in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research examines expansion and retrenchment in renewable energy policies across North America, using qualitative and quantitative methods. To date, her research on renewable portfolio standards (RPS), feed-in tariffs (FIT), and net-metering (NEM) policies has been published is Energy Policy, Environmental Science & Technology, and The American Journal of Political Science. She also researches international environmental negotiations, particularly the Minamata Convention on mercury and the climate change negotiations. As part of the Selin Group, she conducted research on mercury negotiations and wrote The Mercury Game.
Shaojie Song, PhD, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (2016)
Shaojie's dissertation research focused on mercury (Hg). He used a combination of atmospheric observations and models to better understand and quantify land-atmosphere interactions of Hg. He is now a postdoctoral fellow with the Harvard China Project.
Colin Pike-Thackray, PhD, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (2016)
Colin's dissertation used an uncertainty-focused approach to model the atmospheric chemistry of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). He is now a postdoc at Harvard University in the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants research group.
Katie Mulvaney, M.S. in Technology and Policy (2017)
Katie's project at MIT focused onthe impacts across Asia of reducing coal use in China, using modeling and analysis techniques that consider economic, environmental, and human factors (health, decision making, etc.). Katie received a B.S. in Engineering Science from Penn State. She worked at a technical consulting firm as a mechanical engineer focusing on projects in the nuclear industry before coming to MIT. She is now a PhD student at the University of North Carolina.
Emil Dimantchev, M.S. in Technology and Policy (2018)
Emil researches U.S. climate policy and its impacts on air pollution and human health. He spent five years as a climate policy analyst at Thomson Reuters where he developed econometric models and authored policy analyses on European and global carbon pricing legislation for lawmakers and Fortune Global 500 companies. His research on the design and impacts of carbon pricing has been featured in policy hearings in the EU Parliament and Commission and the media including the Guardian, BBC, and Climate Home. Emil graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College where he specialized in mathematical economics and environmental issues. His writing on climate policy issues can be accessed here.
Caleb Waugh, Master's student in Technology and Policy
A native of Colorado, Caleb worked in the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change researching abatement costs of criteria pollutants and the effects of air quality and climate policy on the vehicle fleet. Prior to coming to MIT, Caleb interned extensively at Sandia National Laboratory on projects related to fusion energy. Caleb holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys mountain climbing, biking, hiking, and playing basketball. Caleb's primary advisor was John Reilly from the MIT Joint Program.
Corey Tucker, Master's student in Technology and Policy (2013-2015)
Corey's research focused on the implications of air pollution policies in China on the global fate and transport of atmospheric mercury. She used a computable general equilibrium model in combination with a chemical transport model in order to explore the co-benefits of various climate and air pollution policies on global mercury transport. Corey graduated with her Master's from the Technology and Policy Program in 2016.
Tao Feng, S.M., Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, 2017
Tao Feng received his Master's in 2017 from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Tao's work focused on science, economic, and policy issues associated with air pollution and climate change. Prior to coming to MIT, Tao completed his Bachelor’s degrees in both environmental science and economics at Peking University.
Keeley Rafter, former group administrator
Keeley Rafter was our group administrator until 2016. She started her career at MIT in the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources in 2010, where she coordinated the Excellence Awards and the Leader to Leader program. Both programs encourage staff learning, development and growth. The Excellence Awards recognize staff achievement and are awarded annually. Leader to Leader is MIT's executive leadership training program facilitated by HR. She recently worked at the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center as a Communications Coordinator. Before MIT, she worked in advertising, helped run her family's business and earned a BSBA from Suffolk University in 2006.