School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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  • Devin McMahon

    Devin McMahon

    Ph.D. Student in Earth System Science

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI study the long-term effects of tree-planting and plantation forestry on soil nutrients and plant productivity. My research focuses on the extreme case of eucalyptus plantations in Southeastern Brazil, whose rapid growth yields efficient pulp and paper production and potential bioenergy feedstock, as well as concerns about depletion of water and nutrients from the soil. I combine remote sensing, soil chemistry, and meta-analysis to address these concerns at large spatial and temporal scales.

  • E. Marie Muehe

    E. Marie Muehe

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environmental Earth System Science

    BioE. Marie Muehe is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Fendorf Lab within the Earth System Science Department at Stanford University. Marie is fascinated by the intricate interplay of plants and microbial communities in metal(loid) contaminated environments. Currently, her work seeks to understand how climate change parameters affect the uptake and accumulation of toxic arsenic in rice and to this end the production and quality of this global staple in the future. At Stanford she collaborates with the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology to perform highly controlled greenhouse studies simulating the current and future climate of arsenic-affected rice producing regions in the world. Marie and her colleagues combine rice productivity data with changes in soil and pore water properties and microbial activities. Besides obtaining estimates for future rice production and quality, this works also aims to develop successful strategies to decrease arsenic uptake and accumulation in rice in the future.

    Marie received her German Diplom (equivalent to a Master) from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, in 2008. Her thesis on the interplay of rice and iron-oxidizing bacteria in arsenic contaminated water was awarded the runner-up BIOTECHNICA award for outstanding master thesis. After graduation, Marie became a fellow of the Weltwärts program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development with which she volunteered for an environmental protection and education service in the Southern townships of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2009, Marie was awarded a German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) fellowship and returned to the University of Tuebingen, Germany. As part of her PhD she investigated the interaction of the metal-accumulating plant A. halleri with soil bacteria to increase the efficiency of phytoremediation of cadmium-contaminated soils. Marie graduated in 2013 and became a medallist for First Honors at her Department, the University, and received a German-wide dissertation award of the Körber-Foundation. Her appointment at Stanford University is funded by the German Research Foundation and currently by a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Global Fellowship of the European Commission.

  • Elisa Mantelli

    Elisa Mantelli

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geophysics

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am a glaciologist with a deep interest for the physical processes that shape large ice sheets like Greenland and Antarctica. Currently the main focus of my research is on fast ice flow phenomena, in particular ice streams. These narrow corridors of fast flowing ice display a variety of complex behaviours, partly driven by external forcings - like climate -, and partly internally driven. The more theoretical side of my work seeks to understand the physical processes that govern these behaviours, in particular the spontaneous formation of ice streams out of an otherwise uniform flow, as well as the effects of climatic forcing on the internal dynamics of ice streams. I am also interested in placing observational constraints on the onset of fast ice flow, in particular through the interpretation of englacial layers. Previous lines of inquire include glacier surface hydrology, and the transition to turbulence in open channel flows over permeable beds.

  • Alice Macente

    Alice Macente

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geophysics

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPermeability modelling on chemically compacted NaCl sieved samples, undergoing pressure-solution processes. The samples were imaged through X-ray microCT and the evolution of porosity in time was monitored and characterized. Permeability modelling through Lattice Boltzmann calculations will allow to understand the spatio-temporal evolution of dynamic transport properties during these processes.

  • Katharine Mach

    Katharine Mach

    Senior Research Scientist, Department of Earth System Science

    Current Role at StanfordSenior Research Scientist, Department of Earth System Science
    Director, Stanford Environment Assessment Facility