"This postdoc program was one of the most important steps in building my career, providing exactly the foundation I needed for future success. I had incredible opportunities to pursue research grants for climate-related studies and collaborate with world-class scientists in hydrology, geochemistry, social science, and law from inside Columbia and beyond. The program gave me flexibility to conduct independent and collaborative research and publish with exceptional co-authors."
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Shams Azad (2023-2025 Cohort)
Dr. Shams Azad earned his doctoral degree from New York University, where his research is dedicated to the comprehensive exploration of hazardous pollutant exposure and the discernment of direct and indirect effects of extreme events and conditions with advanced sensing techniques and data-driven methodologies. As a postdoctoral research scientist at the Columbia Climate School, he collaborates closely with Dr. Steven Chillrud on developing high-resolution models pertaining to groundwater metal exposure within the U.S. Northern Plains region. He earned B.S. from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and M.S. from Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences.
Thalia Balkaran (2021-2023 Cohort)
Thalia Balkaran has conducted research in many of the small islands of the Caribbean region focused on vulnerability, sustainable livelihoods and disaster risk reduction. She received her PhD in Environmental Management from The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Her research focused on the vulnerability of Micro, Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises to tropical cyclones in Jamaica and Tobago. She was a double scholarship recipient from The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF-SPC) and The Enhancing Knowledge and Application of Comprehensive Disaster Management (EKACDM) Initiative, funded by Global Affairs Canada. She also received an undergraduate degree in Geology and Geography from The University of the West Indies. She will work with Jeffrey Schlegelmilch at The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Columbia Climate School on the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative. Her research will place emphasis on building child-focused resilience in post-disaster settings in The United States and the Caribbean. The main goal of this research is to advance the knowledge of material related to children, their resilience and disasters.
She can be found on Twitter: @balkaran_t.
Bianca Carducci (2023-2025 Cohort)
Bianca Carducci is a nutrition scientist, specializing in the linkage between food systems, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Bianca received her PhD from University of Toronto in Nutritional Sciences with a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health where her dissertation aimed to improve the understanding of the food environment and its relationship with diet-related health outcomes in school-aged children and adolescents in low- and middle- income countries, using Pakistan as a case study. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from University of Guelph. Most recently, she was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. At the Climate School, she is working with Dr. Jessica Fanzo to expand the Food for Humanity Initiative. This includes developing targets for food system indicators to measure and monitor progress, particularly as it relates to sustainable and healthy diets and nutrition (Food Systems Countdown Initiative); just transformations for healthy food systems, including economic and policy incentives (EAT-Lancet 2.0 Commission); as well as modelling the effect of climate variability on crops (Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils) and dietary diversity.
Personal website: biancacarducci.com
Isatis M. Cintron-Rodriguez (2022-2024 Cohort)
Isatis M. Cintron-Rodriguez is a Puertorrican climate scientist studying the chemistry, transport and impacts of air pollutants on the cryosphere and Small Island Developing States. She has a long track record of community organizing and capacity building in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region focusing on climate governance and ethics to expand the civic space at the UNFCCC and national levels. She works at the intersection of science, governance and civic diplomacy building bridges between citizens, policymakers and scientists. She has won the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow Award and her work has been supported by the Union of Concerned Scientists to make citizens’ assemblies to build a community-led NDC for Puerto Rico, a blueprint that has served to coordinate and deploy citizens assemblies globally for broadening spaces for civic engagement at the local and international levels.
Dylan S. Davis (2022-2024 Cohort)
Dylan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted in the Climate School at Columbia University. He is an archaeologist specializing in remote sensing applications and human-environmental interaction. Dylan's work focuses primarily on settlement distributional patterns and their connections to environmental factors in island and coastal regions. Ultimately, his work seeks to further our understanding of how people interact with and are affected by their environment. Dylan's ongoing research seeks to understand the role that socioeconomic strategies play in long-term ecological change across landscapes. Specifically, his postdoctoral research focuses on how soil and vegetation are impacted by foraging, pastoralism, and agricultural activities and how sustainability is impacted by these differing socioeconomic systems. Dylan earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2022 from Penn State. He also has an MA (2018) and BS (2017) in Anthropology and a BA (2017) in Geography from Binghamton University.
Ian Gray (2023-2025 Cohort)
Ian Gray is an economic sociologist and science and technology scholar who studies the various ways that communities, governments, and organizations are coping with the physical impacts of climate change. His current research is focused on the integration of scientific knowledge about future climate impacts (SLR, heat stress, water availability, extreme weather) into the risk assessment practices of financial institutions, and the subsequent social consequences of this integration. He has also researched deliberation dynamics in the international climate negotiations and the use of carbon offsets as tools of development in tropical forest countries. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was an IFRIS Fellow at the Écoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris, affiliated with the Centre Alexandre Koyré. He holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, and was a member of the research team at Sciences Po's médialab between 2012-2015.
Manuel P. Linsenmeier (2022-2024 Cohort)
Manuel's main research interests are climate change and sustainable development. In his research, he uses economic theory and applies econometric methods to a variety of data, including national accounts, results from climate models, and satellite derived datasets.
He is particularly interested in the costs of climate variability, the benefits of weather forecasts, and the effects of weather and climate change on ecosystem services. He also works on the political economy of climate change mitigation.
Some of his recent works show that temperature variability significantly affects the seasonality of GDP, pointing out additional needs for adaptation in a warming world.
Prior to joining Columbia, Manuel received his PhD in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was affiliated with the Department of Geography and Environment and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Nicolas Lippolis (2023-2025 Cohort)
Nicolas Lippolis is a political economist interested in how economic ideas, political institutions, and changes to the global economy shape the development strategies of countries in the Global South. His doctoral research at the University of Oxford examined the drivers of industrial policy in Angola and Ethiopia at a time of high commodity prices and China’s global rise. As a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia Climate School, Nicolas is conducting research on how states in Africa and Latin America navigate financial constraints, a decarbonizing world economy, and China’s global presence to chart strategies for energy transitions and green industrialization.
Prior to the doctorate, Nicolas earned an MSc in Economics for Development and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, both from Oxford University. He has taught at Oxford, Sciences Po Paris, and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has also consulted with the World Bank, and previously worked in emerging markets macroeconomic research at Goldman Sachs in London. Nicolas is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Maya Moore (2023-2025 Cohort)
Maya is an interdisciplinary food systems scholar, focusing on resilience among smallholder farmers. Having lived and worked in Madagascar for the better part of the last 20 years, she is interested in the nexus between tropical agriculture, biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods and human well-being. Her recent work has primarily looked at motivational factors influencing behavioral change among smallholder farmers in Madagascar, a climate change hotspot at the intersection of food security and biodiversity conservation. Her postdoctoral research working alongside partners at CGIAR’s AICCRA program will focus on gender dimensions of climate-resilient technology adoption among farmers across six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Maya earned her Ph.D. in Food Systems from the University of Vermont where she was affiliated with the Gund Institute for Environment and the Institute for Agroecology. She also holds an MA (2008) in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a BS (2003) in Biology and French from Georgetown University.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=wq44R-YAAAAJ&hl=en
Farideh Hosseini Narouei (2021-2023 Cohort)
Farideh received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. Her research primarily focuses in the field of analytical chemistry including electrochemical detection, characterization of nanoparticles and dissolved ions, and the development of sensors/biosensors for environmental and clinical applications. Outside the lab, she was the founder of Clarkson University Electrochemical Society Student chapter (CU-ECS), she is a recipient of President’s challenge 2020 best research award at Clarkson University for her novel sensor development, and she was recognized and awarded for her leadership skills several times. During her one-year postdoc, she worked on the electrochemical treatment of landfill leachate and industrial wastewater samples for the removal of PFAS, heterocyclic compounds containing nitrogen and heavy metals. Based on her research experience, Farideh calls herself an electrochemist and analytical chemist interested in developing sensors and treatment methods for environmental applications.
At the Climate School, she will work with Dr. Ben Bostick and Dr. Ana Navas-Acien on, “Developing portable and cost-effective customized smartphone-based electrochemical sensors and devices for water qualification in household applications.” Her research will focus on developing portable sensing devices for the electrochemical detection of arsenic and other analytes in drinking water."
Enquye Negash (2022-2024 Cohort)
Enquye Negash is a paleoecologist interested in understanding the paleoenvironmental context of human evolution. Her current research focuses on studying vegetation structure in modern African ecosystems using geochemical, paleobotanical and quantitative methods. The aim of her research is to apply the knowledge garnered from modern ecosystem to the fossil record to make accurate paleoenvironmental reconstructions. She conducts fieldwork in national parks and fossil bearing sites in eastern Africa.
Kathelyn Paredes Villanueva (2022-2024 Cohort)
Kathelyn Paredes Villanueva holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Management of Natural Forests from Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno, also in Water Resources Management from Universidad Mayor de San Simón (Bolivia). She earned a PhD degree in Tropical Dendrochronology at Universidad de Córdoba (Spain). She has been applying state-of-the-art methods for tracing timber origin during her second PhD at the Forest Ecology and Forest Management group at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and as part of her postdoctoral research at the Tree-Ring Lab of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.
Nadia Seeteram (2022-2024 Cohort)
Nadia Seeteram recently completed her Ph.D. at Florida International University, where she researched the dynamic, long-term impacts of sea-level rise on coastal communities and their implications for future climate-related mobility. She previously held research positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. Nadia has a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Florida International University and a B.S. in Psychology and Environmental Policy from Fordham University. Nadia also recently completed a fellowship with the Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub, where she focused on improving long-term disaster recovery grant administration at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Asya Svirinovsky-Arbeli (2023-2025 Cohort)
Asya is a postdoctoral scientist in the group of Prof. Lauren Marbella in Chemical engineering department at Columbia University. She is a chemist specializing in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. In her research, she is interested in monitoring degradation processes in real-time to elucidate the chemical mechanisms underpinning degradation in Li-ion and Li-metal battery commercial systems. Her work aims to gain unique insights into the various degradation pathways that influence the fate of batteries, crucial for developing reliable diagnostic tools. Asya has received the “Next-Gen Environmental Sustainability Postdoc award for outstanding PhD graduates” in 2022.
She earned her PhD in the Molecular Chemistry and Material Science department in the Weizmann institute of Science in Israel, under the guidance of Prof. Michal Leskes, where she was also awarded the Sustainability and Energy Research Initiative (SAERI) Fellowship. During her doctoral studies, she developed new approaches to enhance surface sensitivity in NMR to study energy storage and conversion systems. She presented her research in numerous conferences around the world. She holds a BSc and MSc in Chemistry with a specialization in Materials Science from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
Anna-Katharina von Krauland (2023-2025 Cohort)
Anna-Katharina von Krauland’s work is focused on interdisciplinary sustainability solutions that address climate change and accelerate the transition to renewable energy. Her doctoral research centered on developing wind energy atlases for the United States and India that illustrate the best places to develop wind farms, thereby increasing certainty for resource planning, significantly expediting the wind farm siting process, reducing investment risk, decreasing future project costs, and enhancing access to key data for energy planners and policymakers. Anna-Katharina’s work as a Climate School postdoctoral scholar, mentored by Dr. Vijay Modi and Dr. David Goldberg, identifies and solves data limitations that hinder accurate wind energy assessments, and elucidates the co-locational opportunities for different clean energy technologies. She earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Atmosphere/Energy Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she also completed her M.S. degree. While at Stanford, she led The Solutions Project, a research organization committed to developing roadmaps to help transition countries, states, and cities around the world to 100% renewable energy. She earned her B.S. from Cornell University, where she studied Bioenvironmental Engineering and Business.
Andrew Wang (2023-2025 Cohort)
Andrew Wang's research interests center on the development of electrochemical energy storage technologies to address the most pressing societal climate issues. At the Climate School, Andrew will work under the mentorship of Professor Dan Steingart to use techno-economically guided principles, along with physics-based models and experiments, to evaluate and design lithium-ion and beyond lithium-ion battery architectures for better serving renewable-grid-storage applications. He will also study battery supply chain bottlenecks from the perspective of critical mineral circularity. Andrew received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Oxford University and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research program has provided postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary sustainable development research. Over 120 alumni have completed the postdoctoral program, coming from diverse backgrounds that include law, theology, medicine, science, economics, engineering, ethnomusicology, and anthropology.
Most alumni go on to pursue careers in higher education and have accepted academic positions at universities such as Columbia University, Indiana University, Oberlin College, and University College London. Others have joined NGOs, government, and the private sector, or started their own companies.
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