Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability


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  • Michelle María Early Capistrán

    Michelle María Early Capistrán

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Oceans

    BioMichelle María Early Capistrán is a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow at the Crowder Lab. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on working collaboratively with coastal communities to improve conservation practice by integrating Local Ecological Knowledge and marine ecology. She was originally trained as a Cultural Anthropologist and holds an M.S. and PhD in Marine Science and Limnology (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM). For over a decade, she has collaborated with rural fishing communities in the Baja California peninsula to understand long-term changes in the abundance of endangered and culturally important green turtles (Chelonia mydas). She will work with Prof. Crowder, in collaboration with Jeff Seminoff of the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, to develop species distribution model for green turtles under climate change by integrating Local Ecological Knowledge and Citizen/Community Science.

  • Amir Eskanlou

    Amir Eskanlou

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth and Planetary Sciences

    BioWith over a decade of research experience, Amir's work is characterized by a dynamic synergy between hands-on experimental investigations and advanced computational analysis. His foundation is primarily in surface and interface chemistry, particle-bubble and particle-reagent interactions, adsorption, and dissolution in the context of critical materials recovery and mineral processing. Amir has extensive experience with characterization techniques, including SEM/EDS, UV-Vis, XRD, XRF, fluorescence spectroscopy, FTIR, and Zetasizer. On the computational front, he is proficient in using DFT codes (QE, VASP, JDFTx) for ab initio computations, LAMMPS for large-scale molecular dynamics, and Python and R for ML and data analysis.
    Amir is interested in developing innovative materials and chemicals for applications in separation and purification processes, recovery of critical minerals, energy storage, and waste valorization.