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Congratulations to new Climate & Space PhDs!

Four CLASP graduate students earned their doctoral degrees over the summer.| Short Read

This has been a fruitful summer for four of our graduate students, as all have successfully defended their doctoral dissertations!

EnlargeSamantha Basile, PhD
IMAGE:  Samantha Basile, PhD

Dr. Samantha Basile

Defense Date: 8/30/2019

Dissertation Title: Evaluating uncertainty in model representations of land-atmosphere carbon exchange and atmosphere-watershed interactions toward informed climate change impact planning

Faculty Advisors: Asst. Prof. Gretchen Keppel-Aleks & Prof. Allison Steiner

Dr. Basile has begun a temporary Research Associate position with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) here at U of M. She’s also applying for fellowships in 2020, and plans to work on science policy issues in Washington, D.C.


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IMAGE:  Alexander Hegedus, PhD

Dr. Alexander Hegedus

Defense Date: 8/22/2019

Dissertation Title: Probing the Universe with Space Based Low-Frequency Radio Measurements

Faculty Advisor: Prof. Justin Kasper

Dr. Hegedus plans to stay on at Michigan for at least another year as a post-doc, continuing his research in space based radio arrays and working with data from the Parker Solar Probe mission.  He is also working with Prof. Kasper on the SunRISE proposal, currently under review at NASA.


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IMAGE:  Patrick Belancourt, PhD

Dr. Patrick Belancourt

Defense Date: 7/2/2019

Dissertation Title: Strong Shock Waves in Highly Porous Materials

Faculty Advisors: Prof. Paul Drake & Dr. Paul Keiter

Dr. Belancourt plans to stay in Ann Arbor and transition into the health research field, working for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a Data Scientist/Statistician.



EnlargeMatthew Wozniak, PhD
IMAGE:  Matthew Wozniak, PhD

Dr. Matthew Wozniak

Defense Date: 7/26/2019

Dissertation Title: Gas and Aerosol Exchange Between Terrestrial Ecosystems and the Atmosphere: Advancing Our Understanding of Vegetation-Climate Couplings

Faculty Advisors: Asst. Prof. Gretchen Keppel-Aleks & Prof. Allison Steiner

Dr. Wozniak will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences program of Princeton University and the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), working primarily on his proposal to study the carbon uptake, carbon storage, and carbon-climate interactions in coastal ecosystems.

Samantha Basile, PhD
Alexander Hegedus, PhD
Patrick Belancourt, PhD
Matthew Wozniak, PhD
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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read