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Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering
BioMartin Ma is an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Energy Resource Engineering at Stanford University. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Doctoral degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2018. He holds an MSc degree in Earth Science and Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from the China University of Petroleum (East China). His current research topics include data-driven modeling, optimization, numerical simulation, heavy oil EOR, and CO2 storage. He has published many technical papers on artificial intelligence, heavy oil recovery, and reservoir characterization in peer-reviewed journals and SPE conferences. He also serves as reviewer for many journals. He is a registered engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in Canada.
Michael Lindley Machala
Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering
BioMichael is a postdoctoral fellow whose interests encompass international development projects requiring productive energy use and how to increase their success through transdisciplinary approaches. He has a dual appointment in the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His current work focuses on understanding and reducing produce supply chain inefficiency in India from a systems perspective, while identifying and testing scalable interventions with on-the-ground partners and end-users. Michael completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford. His thesis focused on using fundamental research to develop design descriptors for improving solar-to-fuel and fuel-to-electricity conversion using electrochemistry.
Michael’s interest in social and environmental impact work began in high school as the president of the region’s youth-led tobacco free coalition. The coalition was runner-up for National Youth Advocates of the Year given by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids when Idaho (his home state) went tobacco-free. At Kenyon College, he self-designed a major in Chemical Physics to understand how related disciplines approach challenges in renewable energy technology development while co-captaining the men’s NCAA National Champion swim team.
After graduating in 2009, Michael moved to Germany as a Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellow to research low-cost solar cells while learning about the sociopolitical environment that placed Germany as a global leader in renewable energy integration. While there, he attended the UNFCCC COP15 climate summit with two other fellows. Leading up to and during the highly anticipated event, they wrote and published an educational blog for the public. After leaving Germany, Michael lived in Southeast Asia as a Henry Luce Scholar to gain first-hand experience with renewable energy integration in unelectrified regions of Laos and Cambodia. This experience informed his desire to continue work on energy equality and development around the world, particularly at the intersection with basic human needs.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science
BioI am interested in how machine learning and Bayesian statistics can assist our understanding of the climate and weather. While at Stanford, I will explore how these tools can improve gravity wave parameterisations in atmospheric models. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Reading, which focused on emulating climate models to estimate the surface temperature response to changes in anthropogenic forcings, including both long-lived greenhouse gases and short-lived aerosol pollutants. This research took a Bayesian perspective to learn relationships between climate change patterns and forcings. Prior to this, I studied dynamical systems and fluid dynamics in my MRes, after coming from an undergraduate degree in Physics at Imperial College London. Outside of work, my interests include dancing, running and cycling.
Pedro M. Monarrez
Postdoctoral Scholar, Geological Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research at Stanford focuses on the evolution of body size of marine animals throughout the fossil record. Specifically, I am using body size as a predictor for marine animal extinction and origination throughout the last 500 million years. I am also working on body size evolution during intervals of rapid diversification of marine invertebrates during the early Paleozoic.
My overall research interests broadly focus on stratigraphic paleobiology. In particular, I seek to understand the various environmental and biotic factors driving macroevolutionary patterns of marine invertebrates in the fossil record within a sequence stratigraphic context. I am also interested in the variation and reconciliation of local and regional expressions of global macroevolutionary patterns and perturbations, such as mass extinctions.