George Azzari 2011-2012 Developing an innovative method to measure ecosystem energy dynamics with the Microsoft Kinect Sensor.  An important factor in determining surface energy budgets is the vegetation structure (plant height, crown diameter, shape, volume).
Gregory Britten 2014-2015 Developing novel statistical and computational techniques to infer biogeochemical fluxes in the ocean. The ocean plays a major role in the global carbon and nutrient cycles; however, our measurements of these processes are extremely sparse. I will use statistical theory to integrate these sparse observations with modern ocean models to ask questions relating to carbon fixation and storage in the global ocean. 
Youngmin Choi 2015-2016 My research seeks to improve the projections of the contribution of the Greenland ice sheet to sea level rise using numerical modeling. I will use data assimilation, by combining Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM) with available remote sensing data, in order to capture the past and current state of the ice sheet. This approach will make it possible to better understand the processes driving the ice sheet response to climate change, and ultimately, to reduce the uncertainty in future projection.
Shih-Wei Fang 2015-2016 In my research, I hope to Identify the key drivers of El Niño precursors in order to improve the El Niño predictability. El Niño has tremendous effects on global climate and may cause extreme events. Evaluating the predictability of El Niño improves our understanding on global climate system.
Megan Fowler 2015-2016 I am trying to create more robust estimates of changes in future flood frequency with climate change, and assessing the impacts of these changes on the region of south and southeast Asia. Past studies have suggested that this region in particular is likely to see an increase in floods in the future, but were based on conventional GCMs that struggle to simulate precipitation accurately. Additionally, these models have only poor simulations of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), which some studies show could strengthen in the future. I will use a super-parameterized GCM, which can better resolve precipitation and captures MJO amplification, to make new estimates of future shifts in flood frequency and assess the related societal impacts.
Morgan Gorris 2014-2015 The project I will be involved with at UCI is the atmospheric modeling of a fungal spore which causes Valley Fever. Valley Fever is an endemic disease in the Southwestern United States; by modeling the transport we can better predict where the spore will spread and how its movement will alter as our environment changes. Another interest of mine is applied meteorology, such as the meteorological impacts on air traffic transportation and ship routing. 
Mackenzie Grieman 2015-2016 I am producing Arctic-wide centennial and millennial-scale ice core records of biomass burning. Biomass burning impacts atmospheric chemistry, the global carbon cycle, and climate. Chemicals uniquely produced by wildfires will be detected in ice cores and examined in terms of past changes in climate to assess long-term drivers of biomass burning
Daun Jeong 2014-2015 Tropospheric oxidation capacity determines the productions of secondary photochemical by-products such as ozone and aerosols. Ozone and aerosols have tremendous implication in regional and global air quality. My research interests are observationally constraining tropospheric oxidation capacity especially in environments with high biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) loading as current understanding of BVOC photochemistry is highly uncertain. For my Ph.D. research, I intend to participate community field campaigns designed to address the uncertainty by developing and deploying analytical instrumentation to observe atmospheric radicals such as NOX (NO+NO2) and HOX (OH+HO2) under the supervision of Prof. Saewung Kim. 
Emily Kane 2015-2016 My research aims to improve our understanding of the physical mechanisms that influence calving events in Greenland. This research will use a ground based radar interferometer and ocean profiler to gather data that will increase understanding of Greenland mass loss, improve current ice sheet modeling techniques and reduce uncertainties in projecting future sea level changes
Anne Kelly 2011-2012 How climate influences forest growth and water cycling in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This research includes questions of how temperature and water availability determine the upper and lower treeline, how sequoias can grow in such a cold and dry environment, and how much water trees use and when.
Zachary Labe 2015-2016 I am evaluating variability of Arctic sea ice thickness and its interactions with the large-scale atmospheric circulation. Using sea ice thickness measurements from ICESat and CryoSat-2, we will run atmospheric global climate model perturbation experiments to understand the surface forcing from melting sea ice. This project aims to improve our understanding of climate variability and extreme weather events in response to Arctic Amplification
Collin Lawrence 2013-2014 Developing a parameterization to quantify the effects of mountain glaciers on the global hydrologic cycle. Climate change has created drastic changes in water stored in the Earth's mountains, and analyzing output from global climate models can show how these changes will impact runoff, groundwater recharge, and freshwater availability across the globe.
Christian Lewis 2015-2016 My research focuses on radiocarbon analysis of black carbon (BC) measurements in the Pacific Ocean. BC is an important slow-cycling component of the global carbon budget, and a thorough understanding of BC through more data analysis will help constrain our understanding of its role in the ocean’s dissolved organic carbon pool. 
Liza Litvak 2011-2012 The interchange of water between plants, soil, and the atmosphere (evapotransportation).  She is working on the calibration of a portable chamber, which characterizes the evapotranspiration of turf grass.
Johann Lopez 2015-2016 By studying the tolerance of respective phytoplankton phyla to naturally occurring ambient concentrations of free copper (Cu), my work aims to improve the understanding of trace metal toxicity control on marine primary producing communities. Through the interdisciplinary approach of laboratory experimentation, field observation, and model extrapolation, my goal is to build a base level understanding of trace metal nutrition and toxicity as it applies to global phytoplankton ecology and biogeochemistry.
Anna Lopresti 2014-2015 Developing innovative methods to study biological and ecological phenomenon relevant to human and environmental health. This includes (1) identifying key drivers of land use and land use change emissions and (2) determining intergenerational environmental effects of policy scenarios.  
Romain Millan 2015-2016 I am working on understanding the dynamic change in Southeast Greenland glaciers. I will be using satellite remote sensing and Surface Mass Balance models to quantify speed changes and calculate the mass budget in this sector. Also I will use gravimetry measurements to calculate the bedrock topography in this area, which will provide important information about the dynamic in this sector.
Yara Mohajerani 2014-2015 Quantifying and understanding surface mass balance in Greenland. Using laser altimetry from NASA's Operation IceBridge and ICESat, and GRACE time-variable gravity observations, along with regional climate models, I will improve surface mass balance estimates by reducing the error in runoff, and imporove our understanding of surface mass balance processes and their spatial variability.
Brendan Rodgers 2011-2012 The ways in which boreal forests interact with high latitude climate. North American boreal forests are subject to severe wildfires that emit climate-altering gases and particles and change the landscape composition for decades.
Blanca Rodriguez 2015-2016 I intend to characterize and climatically assess the importance of light absorbing organic carbonaceous aerosols (Brown Carbon) in urban and peri-urban environments. She will be focusing on the temporal and spatial distribution of brown carbon as it relates to high pollution events as well as further understanding the secondary processes that lead to the formation of brown carbon in the urban environment. 
Daniel Ruiz 2015-2016 I am looking at the detection of air quality extreme (AQX) events via satellite proxies. My research will utilize North America's and Europe's extensive surface-site pollution monitoring network as a reference to build TROPOMI satellite proxies for AQX event detection. Selected satellite proxies will be extended globally for AQX event analysis, focusing on areas where observations of ambient air pollution are lacking and mitigation is needed
Kurt Solander 2013-2014 Developing an innovative method to represent reservoir management in California using computer models for subsequent integration in a global climate model (GCM). This represents one of the first major attempts at representing managed surface water from reservoirs within a GCM framework, which will improve the representation of water storage and movement across the land and atmosphere in such models.  This is particularly important in places such as California where so much of the water being used comes from managed sources. Although this work will be performed at a regional scale for California, its use in a GCM will be useful for similar applications conducted across the globe.
Kathe Todd-Brown 2012-2013 Compare and analyze the drivers of soil carbon stocks in multiple Earth system models over the 21st century. Soil carbon could be either an important source or sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide, providing a key control on future carbon dioxide concentrations.
Christopher Wood 2014-2015 Use speleothems from Laos for trace element analysis across the timeframe of the last deglaciation (approx. 30,000 years ago to the present). This work will attempt to reconstruct recent climate changes and advance knowledge of trace elements in speleothems as climate proxies.