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Essayas Kaba Ayana  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10025






Email:eka2115@columbia.edu

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Academic Background: Essayas received his Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University (2013). He earned a Masters degree in the Netherlands on Geoinformatics for Water Management (2007) and holds a Bachelors in Hydraulic Engineering (2002) from Arbaminch Water Technology Institute, Ethiopia. Research Interests: Water resources data collection at varying scales is expensive. Collection of water resource data, especially in developing countries, is characterized by inadequate monitoring, gaps in observations, a decline in the number of stations, chronic under funding and differences in processing and quality control. Various remote sensing platforms are now available as robust tools for collecting data used in water resources monitoring. A particular research interest is to develop models that intensively use remotely sensed data and quantify the uncertainties associated with the use of such data. Please see CV HERE for more information.

Katherine Brooks  

Columbia Frontiers Science Fellow

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10025






Email:kcb2145@columbia.edu

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Katherine is a Columbia Frontiers of Science Fellow interested in the evolution of cooperation and social structure. During her Ph.D., she studied how evolutionary history, environmental variation, predation risk and physiology influenced social system evolution in ground-dwelling squirrels. She used comparative phylogenetics, field work, and endocrinological lab techniques to investigate these questions. In her post-doc in the Rubenstein lab, she is using next-generation sequencing to resolve the Synalpheus snapping shrimp phylogeny. With the new phylogeny, she will test questions related to social and behavioral evolution in this socially diverse group. See CV here

Trishna Dutta  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10025







Email: td2477@columbia.edu

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I received my PhD from George Mason University,VA and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Washington DC in 2012. For my doctoral research, I used genetic tools to understand the functionality of corridors for tigers, leopards, sloth bears and jungle cats in the highlands of Central India. I have also conducted research on snow leopard and Himalayan wolf ecology in the trans-Himalayas, shrews in CA valley and conservation planning in the Eastern US. I am interested in asking questions on viable conservation landscapes, animal ecology, and the human-wildlife interface. More information is on my google scholar page, HERE.

Jesse Lasky  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10025






Email: jl3985@columbia.edu

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I just received my PhD in Ecology & Evolution at the University of Texas at Austin, having previously received my AB at Kenyon College. My dissertation focused on understanding processes controlling biodiversity and ecosystem services of forests, with a focus on spatial issues and habitat fragmentation in tropical landscapes. I am broadly interested in the drivers of spatial variation in biodiversity and ecosystem services. As an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow I will be working under direction of Maria Uriarte. I will study how climatic variation affects forest dynamics in Puerto Rico, with a goal of risk assessment and improved mitigation for tree biodiversity and carbon storage. Finally, I am also interested in genomic applications for natural resources conservation in the face of climate change. Please see CV HERE for more information. Or Jesse's site here.

 
 
Pinki Mondal  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Schermerhorn Ext.
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027-5557



Email: pm2658@columbia.edu

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Research Interests: As a land change scientist my research interest revolves around examining the relationships between biophysical and socio-economic variables and how these variables contribute towards global environmental change. I am particularly interested in human-environment interaction, land-cover and land-use change, agricultural sensitivity, and climate variability.

Academic Background: I joined Dr. Ruth DeFries at Columbia University as a postdoctoral research scientist in 2012, prior to which I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. I obtained my Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from the University of Florida (2011). I have a master's in Applied Geology from Jadavpur University, India (2004), and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Calcutta, India (2002).

Selected Publications (for an extended list refer to Pinki's CV):
Mondal, P., Nagendra, H. 2011. Trends of forest dynamics in tiger landscapes across Asia. Environmental Management. 48 (4), 781-794.
Mondal, P. 2011. Quantifying surface gradients with a 2-band Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI2). Ecological Indicators. 11 (3), 918-924.
Mondal, P., Southworth, J. 2010. Evaluation of conservation interventions using a cellular automata-Markov model. Forest Ecology and Management. 260 (10), 1716-1725.
Mondal, P., Southworth, J. 2010. Protection vs. Commercial management: spatial and temporal analysis of land cover changes in the tropical forests of Central India. Forest Ecology and Management 259 (5), 1009 -1017.
Please see CV HERE for more information.
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Sarah States  

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University,
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Schermerhorn Ext.
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027-5557






Email: sls2238@columbia.edu

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Sarah States has come to Columbia with our newest professor, Maria Diuk-Wasser from the Yale School of Public Health. More information to follow. Please see CV HERE