Lab Members 2018 (from left to right): Alyssa Atwood, Aaron Jones, Hudson Moss, Hussein Sayani, Kim Cobb, Annika Jersild, Shellby Miller, Shelby Ellis, Isma Abdelkader-Di Carlo

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Dr. Kim Cobb

Professor

Georgia Power Chair
ADVANCE Professor, College of Sciences
Director, Global Change Program

Education:
2002 Ph.D. Oceanography, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
1996 B.A. Honors in Geology and Biology, Yale University

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Contact Info:
Office: Ford ES&T 3240 (map)
Phone: (404) 894-3895
Email: kcobb@eas.gatech.edu
Twitter: @coralsncaves

Bio:
Kim Cobb’s research uses corals and cave stalagmites to probe the mechanisms of past, present, and future climate change. She received her B.A. from Yale University in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 2002. She spent two years at Caltech in the Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences before joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2004. Kim has sailed on multiple oceanographic cruises to the deep tropics and led caving expeditions to the rainforests of Borneo in support of her research. Kim has received numerous awards for her research, most notably a NSF CAREER Award in 2007, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2008. She sits on the international CLIVAR Pacific Panel, serves on the Advisory Council for the AAAS Leshner Institute for Public Engagement, and is one of the Lead Authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report. As a mother to four, Kim is a strong advocate for women in science. She is also devoted to the clear and frequent communication of climate change to the public through speaking engagements and social media.
 

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Dr. Alyssa Atwood

Postdoctoral Researcher

Education
2015 Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Washington
2010 M.S. Oceanography, University of Washington
2006 B.A. Atmospheric Sciences and Physics, University of California - Berkely

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Contact:
Office: ES&T 1158
Website: alyssaatwood.weebly.com
Email: aatwood@berkeley.edu
Twitter: @AR_Atwood

Bio:
Alyssa Atwood is a postdoctoral fellow in the Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Dept. at Georgia Tech (hosted by Kim Cobb) and in the Geography Dept. at UC Berkeley (hosted by John Chiang). Alyssa's research focuses on developing paleoclimate proxy records from the tropical Pacific based on the geochemistry of corals and lake sediments and combining these records with climate models and dynamical theory to investigate past and future climate change. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, advised by David Battisti and Julian Sachs.
 

Shellby Miller

Administrative Professional II

Education
2016 B.S. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

Contact:
Office: ES&T 1158
Email: smiller94@gatech.edu

Bio:
Shellby is the glue that holds the lab together. Formerly an undergraduate researcher in the Cobb lab, she transitioned to an administrative role after completing her B.S. in 2016. She is also currently working on a masters degree in GIS.
 

Dr. Hussein Sayani

Research Scientist II

Education
2017 Ph.D. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
2009 B.S. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Contact:
Office: ES&T 1158
Email: hsayani@gatech.edu
Webpage: hsayani.com
Twitter: @hsayani

Bio:
Hussein Sayani’s research focuses on developing records of past ocean temperature, salinity, and wind variability in the tropical Pacific that help inform our understanding of how and why climate has changed in the past and how it might change in the future. Hussein completed his PhD at Georgia Tech in 2017, advised by Dr. Kim Cobb, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Boston University before returning to Georgia Tech as a Research Scientist in summer 2018.
 

Aaron Jones

Research Technician

Education
2017 B.A. Earth Sciences, Vassar College

Contact:
Email: aajones.1993@gmail.com

Bio:
Aaron Jones is a recent graduate from Vassar College. During his time at Vassar, he worked on undergraduate research projects ranging from run-off pollution monitoring to centennial-scale drought variability in New Mexico. In addition to being a research technician, Aaron is also working on the impacts of diagenesis on fossil coral-based climate reconstructions. He will beginning a Master's program at UT Austin in Fall 2018 on Global Change Policy.
 

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Shelby Ellis

PhD Candidate

Education
2016 B.A. Chemistry, Florida Gulf Coast University

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Contact:
Office: ES&T 1160
Email: sellis39@gatech.edu
Twitter: @SassySeaShellss
Webpage: Research Gate

Bio:
Shelby Ellis is a PhD Candidate in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science at Georgia Tech. Shelby's research focuses on investigating ENSO-driven climate signals in rainfall and cave-drip waters. Shelby is also working on reconstructing paleo-ENSO variability in the west Pacific Warm Pool during the last millennium using stalagmites.
 

Annika Jersild

Graduate Student

Education
2017 M.Sc. Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech
2013 B.S. Applied Mathematics, College of William and Mary

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Contact:
Office: ES&T 1162
Email: aljersild@gmail.com
Twitter: @AnnikaJ123

Bio:
Annika Jersild comes to the Cobb lab after completing a Masters degree in forest resources and environmental conservation at Virginia Tech. She works on the modeling side of the lab, analyzing the impact of last millennium volcanic eruptions on precipitation and water isotope patterns in the tropics and western Pacific.
 

Hudson Moss

Undergraduate Student

Education
Majoring in Earth and Atmospheric Science

Email: cmos38@gatech.edu

Bio:
Hudson Moss is a 2nd year undergraduate student in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science and is a member of the Airforce ROTC. Hudson's project focuses on reconstructing sea-surface temperature and hydrology variability in the central tropical Pacific during the 19th century.
 

Isma Abdelkader Di Carlo

Visiting Graduate Student

Education
2016 B.S. Earth Science, École Normale Supérieure

Contact:
Email: isma.abdelkaderdicarlo@gmail.com

Bio:
Isma Abdelkader Di Carlo is a 2nd year Master's student at École Normale Supérieure in France. For her summer internship at Georgia Tech, Isma will be working on developing methodology for measuring Li/Mg, a new coral proxy for sea-surface temperature.
 

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  • Pamela Grothe (PhD student), currently Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington
  • Christopher Bosma (Undergraduate Researcher, Graduate Student at University of Wisconsin - Madison)
  • Gemma O'Connor (Undergraduate Researcher, now a Graduate Student at University of Washington)
  • Nick Hitt (Undergraduate Researcher, now a Graduate Student at Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Kayla Townsend (Undergraduate Researcher)
  • Colin Stone (Undergraduate Researcher)
  • Melat Hagos (Undergraduate Researcher)
  • Corey Drodowski (Undergraduate Researcher)
  • Lucas Everitt (Undergraduate Exchange Student)
  • Jessica Moerman (PhD student)
  • Bronwen Konecky (Postdoc, CIRES, University of Colorado & Oregon State University)
  • Jess Conroy (Postdoc, currently Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • Stacy Carolin (PhD student, currently Postdoc at University of Oxford, UK)
  • Eleanor Middlemas (undergrad, currently Graduate Research Assistant at Rosenstiel
    School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Miami)
  • Liz Wiggins (undergrad, currently Graduent Research Fellow at University of California, Irvine)
  • Danja Mewes (undergrad, currently applying for M.Sc. programs in Sustainable Technology)
  • Intan Suci Nurhati (PhD student, currently postdoc at MIT-Singapore)
  • Julien Emile-Geay (postdoc, currently Asst. Prof. at USC)
  • Jud Partin (PhD student, currently postdoc at UT Austin)
  • Laura Zaunbrecher (Master's student, currently PhD student at GSU)
  • Nitya Sharma (technician, currently bioengineering MS student, GT)
  • Kim Brady (undergrad, currently PhD student at GT)
  • Kathleen Salome (undergrad, currently NSF Graduate Research Fellow at GT)
  • Alison Graab (undergrad)
  • Anna Williams (undergrad)
  • Jenni Williams (undergrad)
  • Sara Harrold (REU student, currently PhD student at UW)
  • Andrea Page (grad student)
  • Mindy Drinkuth (undergrad)
  • Matt Johnson (technician)