Biographies of The BERAC Membership

Bruce A. Hungate, Chair is a Professor of Biological Sciences; Director, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society; and Director, Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope Laboratory at Northern Arizona University.  He was an Associate Professor (2002-2006) and an Assistant Professor (1998-2002) at the Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University.  His focus is microbial ecology and its significance in understanding global environmental change.  Dr. Hungate received his B.A. (1990) in Music and English and his B.S. (1990) in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and his PhD (1995) in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Global Change Biology; Review Editorial Board, Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology; and Associate Editor, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  Some of his honors include Phi Kappa Phi (2007); Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow (2004); Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996); and Phi Beta Kappa (1990).

Maureen McCann, Vice Chair  is Director of the Biosciences Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. She came to NREL from Purdue University where she was a Professor of Biological Sciences, Director of Purdue’s NEPTUNE Center for Power and Energy, funded by the Office of Naval Research, and Director of Purdue’s Energy Center. Dr. McCann also served as the Director of the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science. She served on the USDA-DOE Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and the DOE Office of Science Council for Chemical and Biochemical Sciences. Dr. McCann participated as one of 14 nominated individuals in the 2017-2018 DOE Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program where she was exposed to the breadth and depth of the DOE’s portfolio and to an overview of the National Laboratory program. Dr. McCann received a Ph.D. in Botany from University of East Anglia and a B.A. and M.A. in Natural Sciences from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Caroline Ajo-Franklin is a Professor of BioSciences and the CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research at Rice University.  Dr. Ajo-Franklin was formerly a Staff Scientist at LBNL’s Molecular Foundry.  Dr. Ajo-Franklin received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University.  Dr. Ajo-Franklin’s research use biophysics and synthetic biology to engineer and explore the nanoscale interface between living microbes and inorganic materials.  With particularly interest in the basic mechanisms underlying charge transfer and assembly of materials at this living/non-living interface.  This type of research has applications in carbon capture and sequestration, bio-solar energy generation, and hierarchical assembly of nanostructures.  Dr. Ajo-Franklin is providing BERAC expert advice in the fields of genomics, systems biology, and plant biology.

Cris Argueso is an Associate Professor of Plant Pathology at Colorado State University.  Dr. Argueso received a Ph.D from Cornell University and a M.S in Plant Gentics and a Biology both from Campinas State University.  Dr. Argueso’s laboratory in the Department of Agricultural Biology, at Colorado State University focuses on unraveling the molecular mechanisms by which plant hormones regulate plant immunity and plant growth, in the context of environmental change.  Her research uses genetics, transcriptomics and high throughput plant hormone quantification to understand how plants grow and adapt to both biotic and abiotic stresses.  Dr. Argueso is providing BERAC expert advice in the fields of genomics, systems biology, and plant biology.

Ana P. Barros is the Donald Biggar Willett Chair of Engineering and Head and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Barros was previously an Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University.  She received her Ph.D in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.  She received two MScs one in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, the other in Hydraulics from University of Porto, Portugal. She also received her undergraduate in Environmental Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal.  Dr. Barros was in the engineering faculty at the University of Porto, Penn State University, and Harvard University before joining Duke University. Her primary research interests are in Hydrology, Hydrometeorology and Environmental Physics with a focus on water-cycle processes in the coupled land-atmosphere-biosphere system particularly in regions of complex terrain, the study of multi-scale interface phenomena in complex environments across the Earth Sciences, remote sensing of the environment, climate predictability, extreme events and risk assessment of natural hazards.

Bruno Basso is John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor and MSU Foundation Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. He received his PhD from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Sciences. He is an internationally renowned agroecosystem scientist and crop modeler with interest in long-term sustainability of agricultural and bioenergy systems, digital agriculture, circular bioeconomy. He holds global patents on AI, remote sensing, and crop model systems to evaluate crop productivity and environmental sustainability. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Soil Science Society of America (SSSA); American Society of Agronomy (ASA). He is the recipient of the 2021 Morgan Stanley Sustainability Solution Prize Collaborative; 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award at Michigan State University; 2016 Recipient of the Innovation of the Year Award from Michigan State, 2001 L.R. Ahuja Ag Systems Modeling Award from Soil Science of America. He serves as member of the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). He is an advisor to VP Al Gore on matters related to climate change and regenerative agriculture. He has published more than 250 scientific papers on agricultural production, environmental sustainability, and climate change.

Michael Bellamy is an Assistant Attending Physicist at the Department of Medical Physics at the Sloan Kettering Institute. Dr. Bellamy received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Morehouse College. Dr. Bellamy’s research includes applying high-performance radiation transport algorithms to the analysis of occupational radiation safety and epidemiology with the goal to deepen understanding of exposure to ionizing radiation and its subsequent adverse health effects. Dr. Bellamy provides BERAC with expert advice in the fields of genomics and systems biology.

Edgar Cahoon is a George Holmes University Professor of Biochemistry and the Director of the Center for Plane Science Innovation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Cahoon received a Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Plant Physiology from Cornell University, and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech. Dr. Cahoon did a postdoctoral fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the field of plant biochemistry. Dr. Cahoon formerly worked as a Senior Scientist at DuPont Crops Genetics, as a Research Molecular Biologist at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Dr. Cahoon provides BERAC with expert advice in the field of plant biology.

Sen Chiao is the Center Director of the NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M) and a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Howard University.  NCAS-M is a research through education enterprise led by Howard University and includes twelve other institutions.  As the Center Director, Dr. Chiao provides the executive leadership for NCAS-M through strategic communications, design of the overall scientific focus and plans, and provides oversight, management, and planning for the implementation of all aspects of the NCAS-M programmatic activities.  Dr. Chiao received a Ph.D in Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from North Carolina State University, a M.S. in Atmospheric Physics from the National Central University in Jhungli, Taiwan, and a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan.  Dr. Chiao was formerly a professor of Meteorology and Department Chair of Meteorology and Climate Science at San José State University as well as the Director of the NASA MIRO Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education (CAARE), a cooperative agreement with the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project between four institutions with San Jose State as the lead institution.  Dr. Chiao is providing BERAC expert advice in the fields of atmospheric science and earth and environmental systems modeling.

Romy Chakraborty is the Department Head, Ecology Department, Climate Sciences Division Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Chakraborty received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. in Life Sciences from the University of Mumbai, and a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Bombay. Dr. Chakraborty was formerly a post-doctoral scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and held numerous positions at the lab before their current position as a Department Head. Dr. Chakraborty provides BERAC with expert advice in the field of microbiology.

Emanuale DiLorenzo is a Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. Dr. DiLorenzo is also the Chairman of Ocean Visions. Dr. DiLorenzo received a Ph.D. in Ocean and Climate Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a B.S in Marine Environmental Sciences from the University of Bologna. Prior to Brown, Dr. DiLorenzo was a Professor and Director of the Ocean Science and Engineering program at Georgia Tech, which he co-founded in 2016. Dr. DiLorenzo did their post-doctoral work at UC San Diego and UCLA. Dr. DiLorenzo’s research focuses on understanding ocean climate and its impact on marine ecosystems and coastal communities. Dr. DiLorenzo provides BERAC with expert advice in the fields of earth systems modeling and environmental science.

Leo Donner is a Physical Scientist at NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.  He received his B.S. in Atmospheric Science at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1978), M.S. in Geohphysical Sciences (1981) and Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences (1983) at University of Chicago. His research considers the interactions between processes on the scales of clouds and convective systems and large-scale atmospheric flows.  Several methods are used to study the effects of clouds and convective systems on the thermal, moisture and radiative fields which characterize the large-scale flows in which these systems develop. A primary application of this research is the development of parameterizations for clouds and convective systems for use in general circulation models.  Dr. Donner is an affiliate scientist at NCAR, chair of the Community Earth System Model Advisory Board, and a member of the Advisory Board for Dynamics-Aerosol-Chemistry-Cloud Interactions in West Africa (DACCIWA).

Matthew Fields is a professor of microbiology and immunology; Director of the Center for Biofilm Engineering and the Biofilm Physiology & Ecology team leader at Montana State University.  He received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Western Kentucky University, a M.S. in Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology with a Minor in Biochemistry/Biological Engineering from Cornell University.  He did his postdoctoral work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is interested in environmental organisms and biofilms involved in a variety of processes that include nitrate contamination, heavy metal reduction, metal corrosion, extremophiles, and bio-energy. His work is focused on the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors that mediate control over physiology and modes of growth, and how signals are sensed, and cells respond accordingly in order to optimize metabolism.

Robert Fischetti is a Senior Scientist and Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory.  He also serves as the Life Sciences Advisor to the Advanced Photon Source (APS) Director at ANL.  He received a B.S. in Physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1979) and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of Pennsylvania (1987). Dr. Fischetti has previously served as Associate Director of the X-ray Science Division and Project Manager and Associate Director for Operations and Beamline Development at ANL.  Prior to service at ANL, he served as Associate Director for the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).  His current research focuses on instrumentation and methods development of utilizing synchrotron radiation.

Ann M. Fridlind is a Physical Scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studeis. She received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Standford University (2002), M.S. in Hydrologic Sciences from University of California, Davis (1996), and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University (1992). Dr. Fridlind has been PI of numerous grants awarded by NASA and DOE, all focused on aerosol-cloud interactions in cold clouds. She is an author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, and co-author of programmatic white papers for the DOE Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Program, the NASA Aerosol-Cloud-Ecosystem (ACE) Mission, and the NASA Aerosol and Precipitation Spectrometer (APS) 2 Mission. For the ACE study, Dr. Fridlind was responsible for establishing target uncertainty parameters for satellite measurements leading to evaluation of the aerosol indirect effect.  She currently serves on the WCRP/GEWEX Global Atmospheric System Studies (GASS) Panel and the WCRP/GEWEX Aerosols, Clouds, Precipitation, Climate (ACPC) Initiative Steering Committee.

Jorge E. Gonzalez-Cruz is a NOAA CESSRST Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The City College of New York.  Dr. Gonzalez-Cruz received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a M.S and B.S in Mechanical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico.  Dr. Gonzalez -Cruz is the team leader of the Coastal Urban Environmental Research Group (CUERG) project at The City College of New York.  CUERG conducts climate research studies on complex coastal urban areas including but not limited to; the states of California, New York, the islands of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.  The research includes observational and modeling studies of coastal physical phenomenon and their practical impacts on climate modification.  Dr. Gonzalez-Cruz is providing BERAC expert advice in the fields of atmospheric science, systems modeling, and environmental science.

Theodore Goodson, III is a Richard Barry Bernstein Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Goodson received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska and did their post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago and the University of Oxford. Dr. Goodson also heads the Goodson Group at the University of Michigan. This research group utilizes a number of spectroscopic techniques towards investigating the optical properties and applications of novel organic macromolecular materials. Dr. Goodson provides BERAC with expert advice in the fields of bioimaging, structural biology, genomics, and systems biology.

Randi Johnson USDA/NIFA- Dr. Johnson is recently retired.  Dr. Johnson was as a research geneticist supporting forest tree breeding programs.  Over the last ten years Dr. Johnson had been a program leader for national genetics and climate change programs at the USDA Forest Service, the National Lead for the USDA Climate Hubs (2014-2016), and the Division Director of the Global Climate Change Division at USDA NIFA until 2019.  Dr. Johnson received a B.S. in Forestry from University of Illinois, Champaign IL, a M.S. in Forest Soils, and a Ph.D. in Forest Genetics both from North Carolina State University.  Dr. Johnson is providing BERAC expert advice in the fields of environmental science, genomics, systems biology, and plant

Kerstin Kleese van Dam is the Director of the Computational Science Initiative at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  She has led groups in scientific data management at University College London, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and now at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Prior to these positions, she was a senior research scientist in high performance computing at the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the United Kingdom.  Her current research activities include extreme scale data management, metadata, and provenance and data curation.  Ms. Kleese van Dam holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

Petra Klein is an Associate Professor and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Dr Klein received their Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and a Diploma in Physics from the University of Karlsruhe. Before joining the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Klein was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Klein provides BERAC with expert advice in the field of atmospheric science.

Sonia M. Kreidenweis is a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Manhattan College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining CSU she was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at San Jose State University and served as a consultant in aerosol and chemical interactions in the atmosphere at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her research focuses on characterization of the physical, chemical, and optical properties of atmospheric particulate matter, and the effects of the atmospheric aerosol on visibility and climate. A particular focus area is the characterization of aerosol interactions with water vapor. Prof. Kreidenweis is a past president of the American Association for Aerosol Research and also served on the executive committee of the American Meteorological Society. She was named a University Distinguished Professor in 2014.

Diane Lidke is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and the Fluorescence Microscopy Shared Resource Director at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Lidke received a Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences & Medical Physics from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lidke’s postdoctoral research was at the lab of Thomas Jovin at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany. Dr. Lidke runs the Lidke Laboratory at the University of New Mexico. The lab’s research focuses on the application of fluorescence microscopy and biophysical techniques to the study of cell signal transduction. The goal of the research is to identify the molecular mechanisms that alter signaling in cancer and the immune response. Dr. Lidke provides BERAC with expert advice in the fields of bioimaging, structural biology, computational biology, and microbiology.

Yuh Lang Lin is a Senior Scientist and Professor in the Department of Physics at North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Lin received as Ph.D. in Meteorology and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Yale University, an M.S. in Meteorology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, an M.A. in Mathematics from Fordham University, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. Dr. Lin also heads the MesoLab at North Carolina A&T State University which conducts research on atmospheric dynamics and modeling of tropical cyclones, orographic effects on airflow and weather systems, wildfires, gravity waves, turbulence, and cloud microphysics. Dr. Lin provides BERAC with expert advice in the fields of atmospheric science, earth systems modeling, and environmental science.

Xiaohong Liu is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Liu received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science Nanjing University, P.R. China and also received a M.S in Atmospheric Science and a B.S. in Atmospheric Physics both from Nanjing University. Dr. Liu and his group are interested in the following research areas:  (1) Atmospheric aerosols and chemistry; (2) Cloud microphysics, especially aerosol-cloud interactions; (3) Model development and evaluation; and (4) Climate modeling.  Dr. Liu is providing BERAC expert advice in the fields of atmospheric science and systems modeling.

Gloria K. Muday is a Professor of Biology at Wake Forest University.  Her research focuses on plant hormone transplant and signaling.  Dr. Muday received her Ph.D. (1989) in Biochemistry from Purdue University and her B.S. (1984) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She is also the Director, Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling; Faculty Member of the Molecular Genetics and Genomics graduate program; and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, North Carolina State University.  She is a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists (2014); Distinguished Women Alumni Scholar, Purdue University (2014); and Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech University (2014).  She is also the Monitoring Editor for PLOS One.  Dr. Muday received the 2014 URECA Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work, Wake Forest University; 2014 Fellow of the American Society of Plant Bi9ologists; 2014 Distinguished Women Alumni Scholar, Purdue University, 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech; and the Scott Family Fellow, (2010-2012).

Dev Niyogi is a John E. “Brick” Elliot Centennial Endowed Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin.  Dr. Niyogi received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Niyogi research seeks to significantly contribute to our understanding of the Earth system, particularly the urban and agricultural landscapes, and the dynamic role of coupled land surface processes on weather and regional meteorological extremes. An important ongoing and emerging focus of his research is to translate the scientific work undertaken into decision tools and portals with a particular focus on hydroclimatology and sustainable climate-ready/resilient cities. Dr. Niyogi is providing BERAC expert advice in the fields of atmospheric science and systems modeling.

Himadri Pakrasi is the George William and Irene Koechig Freiberg Professor in the Department of Biology  at Washington University  in St. Louis. He was formerly the Director of the International Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (InCEES) at the Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Pakrasi is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Microbiology, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL, and the Biosciences Institute at Nagayo University in Japan. His research interest includes systems and synthetic biology of photosynthetic organisms, assembly and functions of Photosystem II, and nitrogen fixation.

Kristala L. Jones Prather is the Theodore T. Miller Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT.  She received a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (1999) and a BS from MIT (1994).  Dr. Prather’s research interests are in the design and assembly of recombinant microorganisms for the production of small molecules.  Her research combines metabolic engineering with biocatalysis to optimize the biosynthetic capacity of microbial systems.  Dr. Prather is the recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, an Office of Naval Science Foundation Career Award, and the Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award.

Patrick M. Reed is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. His research areas include uncertainty quantification, resource management, multi-objective design, model diagnostics and visual analytics, and infrastructure planning and operations.  His research group’s open source computational software tools have over 30,000 global users, and he is an expert on the value of high-performance computing in the US science enterprise.  Dr. Reed holds a BS in Geological Engineering from University of Missouri, and MS and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois.

Gemma Reguera is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University (MSU).  Dr. Reguera received a Ph.D. in Biology from University of Oviedo (Spain) and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Reguera was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School and University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  Dr. Reguera’s lab at MSU studies how microbes adaptively respond to changes in their environment and exploits this knowledge as technologies that prevent human exposure to contaminants, pollutants and pathogens.  The lab studies; ‘electric’ microbes and harness their activities and electrical components in bioremediation, nanotechnology and bioenergy applications; the microbial communities that remove agrochemicals and develop approaches to manipulate their remediation capacity in situ; and applying expertise in applied and environmental microbiology to investigate and manipulate how human-associated microbiomes adapt to internal and external cues.  Dr. Reguera is providing BERAC expert advice in the fields of microbiology, genomics, and systems biology.

Jeremy Schmutz joined the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in 2008 as a faculty investigator. He leads the Informatics and Production Sequencing Groups at the Genome Sequencing Center, which he co-directs with Jane Grimwood. Mr. Schmutz graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Biology. While in college, he worked on DNA sequencing technology at Argonne National Laboratory. That experience led to his first research position developing parallel sequencing systems at a small Silicon Valley startup company. In 1996, Schmutz joined the newly formed Sequencing Group at the Stanford Human Genome Center to develop the computational infrastructure necessary for large scale DNA sequencing. Schmutz and his group finished and assembled the human sequence of chromosomes 5, 16 and 19 for the public Human Genome Project. He also led the quality assessment of the human genome sequence that evaluated the accuracy and completeness of the final human genome sequence.

Karen Seto is the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at the Yale School of the Environment.  Dr. Seto’s research integrates remote sensing, field interviews, and modeling methods to study urbanization and land change, forecast urban growth, and examine the environmental consequences of urban expansion.  Dr. Seto received a Ph.D in Geography from Boston University, a M.A. in International Relations & Resource and Environmental Management from Boston University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Dr. Seto is one of the world's leading experts on contemporary urbanization and global change and is co-leading the urban mitigation chapter for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report and co-lead the same chapter for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.  She is co-editor-in-chief of the journal, Global Environmental Change.  Dr. Seto is providing BERAC with expert advice in the field of environmental science.

Matthew D. Shupe is a Research Scientist in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado.  His research areas include cloud microphysical, radiative and dynamical processes; cloud interactions with the boundary layer; assessment of cloud model parameterizations; and Arctic meteorology and climate.  Dr. Shupe holds a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Puget Sound, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences from University of Colorado.

Rodrigo Vargas is a Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Vargas received a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Riverside and a Biology Licenciatura from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Dr. Vargas did their post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Vargas’ research interests include ecosystem ecology, global environmental change, biogeochemical cycles, soil-plant-atmosphere interactions, big data, blue carbon, extreme events, and environmental networks. Dr. Vargas provides BERAC with expert advice in the fields of earth systems modeling and environmental science.