Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
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Nina Berlin Rubin
Ph.D. Student in Earth System Science, admitted Autumn 2019
BioNina Berlin Rubin is a 4th year PhD candidate in Earth System Science. Nina's research focuses on human behavior and decision-making in the face of acute climate extremes such as wildfire, wildfire smoke, and hurricanes.
Ph.D. Student in Earth System Science, admitted Autumn 2017
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI study sterol side chain alkylation via sterol methyltransferases (SMTs), particularly in sponges and their bacterial symbionts. I aim to identify and characterize SMTs necessary for the biosynthesis of side-chain alkylated sterols in the sponge holobiont to improve our interpretation of unusual sterane biomarkers currently used to indicate demosponges, some of Earth’s earliest animals.
Ph.D. Student in Earth System Science, admitted Summer 2019
BioI grew up in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in physics. I am broadly interested in atmospheric dynamics, idealized modeling, and climate change. My current research uses aquaplanet simulations to explore what factors determine global tropical cyclone frequency. My hobbies include hiking, birdwatching, and playing the piano.