Graduate Students

Benjamin Alsip, M.S. student

balsip2@uic.edu  |  3156 SES

Advisor:
Berkelhammer
Research Project:
Carbonyl Sulfide Fluxes From A Tall Grass Prairie Ecosystem Through A Growing Season
Career Goal: To apply the skillset gained at UIC to a career focused on environmental protection, remediation, and restoration.
Bellagamba2

Anthony Bellagamba, Ph.D. student

abella5@uic.edu  |  2446 SES

Advisor:
Berkelhammer
Research Project:
Water and atmospheric interactions: partitioning of evaporation and sublimation using water vapor isotopes and latent heat fluxes in Dry Valley lakes
Career Goal: Teach atmospheric science at a university level, and contribute to both the scientific community and the general public on climate science topics through research
Benavides
 

Paolo Benavides, Ph.D. student

pbenav2@uic.edu  |  2468 SES

Advisor: Guggenheim

 Bolin

Trudy Bolin, M.S. student

tbolin3@uic.edu

Advisor:
Nagy
Research Project:
Pore structure in Argonne Premium Coals
Research Goal: Gain understanding of how pore structure changes in the presence of water and oxygen changes and how this relates to coal spontaneous combustion
 Cellini.

Jill Cellini, Ph.D. student

jcelli4@uic.edu  |  2446 SES

Advisor:
Nagy
Research Project:
Nucleation of Hg sulfides from natural organic matter
Research Goal:
To improve understanding of the fate, transport, and bioavailibilty of Hg in soils and bodies of water.

Cunje

Alister Cunje, Ph.D. student

acunje2@uic.edu  |  2458 SES

Advisor:
Dombard
Research Project:
Evolution of Icy craters at Martian mid-latitudes
Career Goal: Advocate for and contribute to Earth and space science research and exploration
Chou

Luoth (Lu) Chou, Ph.D. student

lchou5@uic.edu  |  2448 SES

Advisor:
Kenig
Research Project:
The metabolomics of the brine of Lake Vida (Antarctica): A biogeochemical analog for icy planetary worlds
Recent Award: NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowhip (2016-1018)
Gefeke

Kerri Gefeke, M.S. student

kgefek2@uic.edu  |  2436 SES

Advisor: Stein

Hsieh

Shannon Hsieh, Ph.D. student

shsieh7@uic.edu  |  2452 SES

Advisor: Plotnick
Research Interests: Paleontology
Recent Award: Provost-Deiss research award (2017)
 O'Hara

Sean O'Hara, Ph.D. student

sohara3@uic.edu  |  3148 SES

Advisor: Dombard
Research Project: Modeling icy body surfaces and interiors using numerical geophysics
Recent Award: Illinois Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship
Pasterski-Joey

Michael (Joey) Pasterski, Ph.D. student

mpaste3@uic.edu  |  2448 SES

Advisor: Kenig
Research Interests: Organic Geochemistry
Career Goal: To better understand the development of life on Earth and possibly within our solar system, and to communicate that understanding to both scientists and the public.
Ritter

Francois Ritter, Ph.D. student

fritte2@uic.edu  |  3148 SES

Advisor: Berkelhammer
Research Project: Dew formation and its contribution to the nocturnal water/energy balance of a natural ecosystem
Research Goal: To find simple and beautiful equations that describe a complex system, and validate them with a well-designed experiment.
Scha

Alec Schassburger

aschas2@uic.edu  |  2436 SES

Advisor: Plotnick

 Schurmeier

Lauren Schurmeier, Ph.D. student

lschur2@uic.edu  |  2468 SES

Advisor: Dombard
Research Project: Investigating The Evolution of Surface Features on Saturn's Moon Titan
Recent Award: NAGT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2017)
Tucker

Wesley Tucker, Ph.D. student

wtucke5@uic.edu  |  2458 SES

Advisor: Dombard
Research Project: Evolution of Martian volcanoes and surface features
Career Goal: Teach geology and planetary science at a university level.
Zabarmawi

Muna Zabarmawi, Ph.D. student

mzabar2@uic.edu  |  2452 SES

Advisor: Kenig
Research Project: Quantitative analysis of polyaromatic hydrocarbon in Chicago parking structures
Research Goal: Develop a quantifiction method in order to evaluate the concentration and distrbution of PAHs in leaked crankcase oil stains in parking structures