School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

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  • Michael Lindley Machala

    Michael Lindley Machala

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 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 inequality and development around the world.

  • Avni Malhotra

    Avni Malhotra

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth System Science

    BioMy research focuses on multi-scale effects of global change on ecosystem structure and function. In the past, I have investigated the influence of drought, permafrost thaw or warming on above and belowground plant dynamics, greenhouse gas fluxes and litter decomposition. I am also interested in regional to global-scale drivers of carbon sequestration. My toolkit draws from ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, plant ecology and systems thinking and I specialize in carbon-rich systems such as northern peatlands and permafrost features.

    My postdoctoral research in the Jackson lab focuses on 1) greenhouse gas fluxes of peatlands and northern ecosystems and 2) the fate of root-derived carbon in soils.

  • Gavin McNicol

    Gavin McNicol

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth System Science

    BioI work at Stanford Earth with Prof. Robert Jackson, the Global Carbon Project, and the international community of eddy-covariance scientists (FLUXNET), on a global synthesis of wetland methane emissions. My background is in terrestrial and wetland biogeochemistry, with a focus on trace gas flux measurement and isotope analyses. More recently, I've become interested in the use of machine learning applied to predictive modeling of the global carbon cycle.

  • Pedro M. Monarrez

    Pedro M. Monarrez

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 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 and understanding the various environmental and biotic factors driving macroevolutionary patterns of marine invertebrates in the fossil record. I am also interested in the variation and reconciliation of geographic scale expressions of macroevolutionary patterns and global perturbations, such as mass extinctions.