Biogeoscience

Members of the new Biogeoscience group investigate living systems as fundamental components of the Earth System and possibly other planetary systems through the integrated study of biology, geochemistry, and geology. In DEES, students have the opportunity to work with faculty in aquatic, wetland and terrestrial ecology, biological oceanography, evolutionary biology, microbial genomics, biogeochemistry, paleobiology and astrobiology. DEES Biogeosciences faculty conduct research on biodiversity and ecosystem function, ecological responses to climate change, biogeochemical cycling and storage of nutrients and carbon, plant physiology and biooptics (both aquatic and terrestrial), and the application of isotopic, fossil and organic geochemical tracers to the study of climate and Earth history. Fieldwork and lab experiments employ diverse analytical, observational and modeling tools to build understanding of the Biosphere and its interactions within the Earth System, in the past, present and future.

Mukund Rao
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Mukund
Rao
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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Tree Ring Lab
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(917) 834-5543

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(845) 365-8150

I am interested in studying ecosystems, in particular trees, forests and grasslands, their relationship to the environment and both large scale and micro climate.

Education
M.A. Climate and Society
Columbia University, USA
08/2013
B.Tech Chemical Engineering
Amrita School of Engineering, India
07/2012
Selected Publications:
Karakorum temperature out of phase with hemispheric trends for the past five centuries, Zafar, M. U.; Ahmed, M.; Rao, M. P.; Buckley, B. M.; Khan, N.; Wahab, M.; Palmer, J. Climate Dynamics 06/2015 p.: 1-10 (2015) 10.1007/s00382-015-2685-z
A long-term context (931–2005 CE) for rapid warming over Central Asia, Davi, N. K.; D'Arrigo, R.; Jacoby, G. C.; Cook, E. R.; Anchukaitis, K.; Nachin, B.; Rao, M. P., Leland, C. Quaternary Science Reviews 08/2015, Volume: 121 p.: 89-97 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.020
Dzuds, droughts, and livestock mortality in Mongolia, Rao, M. P.; Davi, N. K.; D'Arrigo, R. D.; Skees, J.; Nachin, B.; Leland, C.; Lyon, B.; Wang, S. Y.; Byambasuren, O. Environmental Research Letters 07/2015, Volume: 10, Issue: 7 p.: 074012 (2015) doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/7/074012
Jan-Erik Tesdal
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Jan-Erik
Tesdal
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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10 Marine Biology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8781

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(845) 365-8150
Elizabeth Min
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Elizabeth
Min
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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6 Marine Biology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(718) 578-8588

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(845) 365-8150
Sam Phelps
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Sam
Phelps
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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104 Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8727

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(845) 365-8150
Ruth Oliver
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Ruth
Oliver
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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Marine Biology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US

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(845) 365-8150
Education
Master of Arts
Columbia University
05/2015
Bachelor of Arts
Claremont McKenna College
05/2013
Hyewon Kim
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Hyewon
Kim
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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104 Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US

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(845) 365-8150
Kyle Frischkorn
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Kyle
Frischkorn
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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102D Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8178

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(845) 365-8150

Phycology, cross-kingdom interactions, biogeochemistry, microscopy and, recreationally, the microbiology of fermented foods. 

I am a graduate student in Dr. Sonya Dyhrman's microbial oceanography laboratory; I'm most interested in the molecular underpinnings of how marine microorganisms (and their viruses) interact with each other and their environment, and ultimately biogeochemical implications of these interactions.  

Education
Bachelor of Science
University of Washington
06/2011
SONYA DYHRMAN
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Sonya
Dyhrman
Associate Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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102E Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8165

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(845) 365-8163

I am broadly interested in how marine microbes like phytoplankton interact with their geochemical environment, where I use molecular level tools to study the intersection of microbial physiology and biogeochemistry.

Microbial oceanography group members are using a suite of genome-enabled approaches to examine the distribution and activities of marine phytoplankton, and how they influence cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus. Our work often uses model cultures to understand and bound field observations made on research cruises that span the from polar to tropical systems. This research emphasis provides advanced training for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars and it is also used as a framework for the development and implementation of inquiry-based educational activities for children.

Education
Ph.D.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
11/1999
B.A.
Dartmouth College
06/1994
Hugh Ducklow
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Hugh
Ducklow
Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
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208 Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8167

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(845) 365-8163

Fields of interest: 

Ecosystems ecology, marine and global biogeochemistry, microbial ecology
Education
PhD
Harvard University
05/1977
MS
Harvard University
05/1974
AB
Harvard College
05/1972
Selected Publications:
The Freshwater System West of the Antarctic Peninsula: Spatial and Temporal Changes, Meredith, M.P.; Venables, H. J.; Clarke, A.; Ducklow, H. W.; Erickson, M.; Leng, M. J.; Lenaerts, J. T. M.; van den Broeke, Mi. R. Journal of Climate, Volume: 26 p.: 1669-84 (2013)
A metaproteomic assessment of winter and summer bacterioplankton from Antarctic Peninsula coastal surface waters, Williams, T. J,; Long, E.; Evans, F.; DeMaere, M. Z.; Lauro, F. M.; Raftery, M. J.; Ducklow, H. W.; Grzymski, J. J.; Murray, A. E.; Cavicchioli, R. ISME Journal, Volume: 6 p.: 1883-1900 (2013)
Time series of vertical flux of zooplankton fecal pellets on the continental shelf of the western Antarctic Peninsula, Gleiber, M. R.; Steinberg, D. K.; Ducklow, H. W. Marine Ecology Progress Series, Volume: 471 p.: 23-36 (2012)
What is the metabolic status of the oligotrophic ocean, Ducklow, H. W.; Doney, S. C. Annual Review of Marine Science, Volume: 5 p.: 15.1-15.9 (2012)
Marine pelagic ecosystems: The West Antarctic Peninsula, Ducklow, H. W.; Baker, K.; Martinson, D. G.; Quetin, L. B.; Ross, R. M.; Smith, R. C.; Stammerjohn, S. E.; Vernet, M.; Fraser, W. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences Jan 29, Volume: 362, Issue: 1477 p.: 67-94 (2007)
Production and Fate of Bacteria in the Oceans, Ducklow, H. W. Bioscience, Volume: 33, Issue: 8 p.: 494-501 (1983)
Solange Duhamel
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Solange
Duhamel
Lamont Assistant Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
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15 Marine Biology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8774

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(845) 365-8150

Fields of interest: 

Role of microorganisms as agents of biogeochemical transformations, and the reciprocal role of nutrients availability, in particular phosphorus (P), on the distribution, growth and productivity of microplankton
Education
Ph.D.
University of the Mediterranean
10/2007
Master
University of Paris 6
09/2004
Bachelor
University of Paris 6
09/2002

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