Carling joined the Mitrovica group in the summer of 2012 after receiving her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Toronto. One of the main goals of Carling’s work is to answer the important climatological question: what are the various contributors to the observed changes in sea level? Her research focuses on using statistical techniques to better understand global mean sea level during current and past warm periods, and to develop the tools necessary to extract source information from historical sea-level records. Understanding how past sea level has changed in response to rising surface temperatures is a critical step in our ability to predict sea-level rise into the next century and beyond.
Juan Pérez-Mercader earned his Ph.D. from the City College of New York. He is an Elected Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998 in Association with the NASA Astrobiology Institute, he founded Spain's Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) of which he was its first Director. He is the architect of Spain's current participation with infrastructure and instrumentation on board Mars Science Laboratory that arrived on Mars in August 2012. He is Profesor de Investigación in Spain's National Research Council (CSIC) and an External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. In 2010, he joined Harvard as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the university's Origins of Life Initiative, where he leads a project on the "Top-down Synthesis of an Ex-novo Chemical Artificial Living System".
Fatemeh Sedaghatpour has received her PhD in Space and Planetary Sciences from Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas in 2013. She has joined Professor Stein Jacobsen’s group as a postdoctoral fellow in June 2013 and promoted to Research Associate in June 2016. Her research involves stable isotope cosmochemistry to study the early solar system, origin and evolution of planetary bodies. Her current research is focused on Mg and Ca stable isotope systems in lunar samples and meteorites samples using high precision isotopic analyses to have a better understanding of the Moon’s origin and evolution, and investigate the planetary formation processes.
Giuseppe Torri is interested in Atmospheric and Climate Dynamics. His research focuses primarily on deep convection using the combination of Large Eddy Simulations/Cloud Resolving Models and a Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model to obtain a process-level understanding of the fundamental dynamics of such systems. Currently, he is working on applying the techniques he developed so far to the study of supercell storms, with the hope of improving forecasting skills. He is also interested in topics related to the interaction between the land surface and the atmosphere, aiming to answer important questions about long-term impacts of land use on climate at the regional and global scale.