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Our Lab Group

Emmet Norris

PhD Student, 2020-Present

Emmet is interested in the interaction between processes on the earth’s surface, such as the transport and fate of mineral dust, and human society. He primarily uses isotopic source apportionment techniques to characterize the sources of natural and anthropogenically emitted PM and understand their affect on climate, air quality and biologically available nutrients. Motivated by previous work in human rights and artistic design, he seeks to use science as a vehicle for societal change. ednorris@ucsd.edu.

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Austin Carter

PhD Student, 2020-Present

I am fascinated by glaciology and isotope geochemistry. During the austral summer 2019, I traveled to the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area in East Antarctica to drill three ~150 m ice cores. We slept in tents camping on the remote blue ice for about 45 days drilling both the oldest ice ever measured (~2.7 million years old!) as well as ice spanning the Last Interglacial. Analyzing this ice will provide insights on shifts in historical climate, which will ultimately help us identify what may cause large-scale climate shifts in the future. When I’m not reading about ice, you’ll find me either jamming to music from the ’60s and ’70s, exploring parks, or baking some indulgent dessert that I will regret later.

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Rain Blankenship

Undergraduate Researcher, 2020-Present

Rain was born and raised in Southern California. He began his academic journey at Crafton Hills College before transferring to UCSD where he majors in Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. Now a senior, Rain is interested in investigating the natural and anthropogenic influences on dust transport and deposition, and the effects of this dust on Earth’s ecosystems. In his free time, Rain likes listening to classic rock, hanging out with animals, and getting immersed in random history pages on Wikipedia. rablanke@ucsd.edu.

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Sarah Aarons

Principal Investigator

Sarah Aarons was born in Dillingham, Alaska and raised in Anchorage. She obtained her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Michigan in 2016, and she then received a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Irvine, followed by the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago. Sarah joined the faculty at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD in 2019. Sarah’s research focuses on understanding and tracking earth surface processes in a variety of environments on both geologic timescales and throughout the modern. Some examples of research projects include tracing mineral dust sources in Antarctic ice during major climate transitions, exploring the effects of physical and chemical weathering on newly developed isotope systems, and probing the ecological significance of dust in mountain environments. If you are interested in conducting research please feel free to contact me at: smaarons@ucsd.edu.

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Linqing Huang

PhD Student, 2019-Present (CV):

Metal stable isotope signatures and geochemistry of glacial weathering
Effects of trace metals as micronutrients in planktonic ecosystems
Isotope systems as tracers of marine ecosystem change

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