Lab members


Principal Investigator
Ankur Desai Dr. Ankur Desai, Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Ankur's Ecometeorology lab studies how ecosystems influence and are influenced by weather and climate and how those interactions change across space and time scales from genome to globe. Our primary field sites are located in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan and in Madison, but we also collaborate and conduct short-term campaigns all over the world. We use a variety of tools including greenhouse gas spectroscopy for atmospheric and aquatic CO2, CH4, and others, eddy covariance flux towers, in situ and airborne micrometeorology, satellite remote sensing, multi- and hyperspectral imaging spectroscopy, soil, forest, wetland, and aquatic analytical biogeochemical, ecophysiological, and landscape ecology methods, quantitative ecological and climate models, numerical mesoscale and large eddy simulation atmospheric models, and numerous data assimilation, imputation, prediction, scaling, model-data fusion, informatics, and machine learning approaches.
Research Associates and Visiting Scientists
JonathanThom Jonathan Thom Associate Research Scientist, 2007-
Jonathan manages and engineers all aspects of operations of the Greenhouse Gas Spectroscopy lab, our four Ameriflux sites, two Mendota eddy covariance sites, the NTL LTER Mendota Buoy, and SSEC rooftop instrumentation
Ph.D. Students
KeXu Ke Xu, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Fall 2012-
Ke is combining observations from tall eddy covariance flux towers, remote sensing, and large eddy simulations to advance methods to rectify representation bias in flux measurements and address the influence of advection and mesoscale circulation on surface energy balance.
Ammara Talib Ammara Talib, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Spring 2017-
Ammara is developing regional hydrologic models to evaluate the role of drought and water withdrawals on regional water use in regions such as the Central Sands, WI
M.S. Students
Molly Aufforth Molly Aufforth, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Fall 2016-
Molly is developing a thesis on observational analysis and model benchmarking of the impact of irrigation on land-atmosphere interactions
Ryan Clare Ryan Clare, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Fall 2016-
Ryan is studying the role of seasonal snow cover on synoptic mid-latitude storms using numerical mesoscale models and PV analysis
Undergraduate Fellows and Interns
Angela Baldocchi Angela Baldocchi, LTER intern, Summer-Fall 2017
Angela is mapping lake biogeochemistry across Lake Mendota by merging observations from the FLAME instrument suite and flux towers
Zack Taebel Zack Taebel, Ameriflux intern, senior thesis student, 2017-2018
Zack is helping the Desai lab submit observations for the Sapfluxnet synthesis and organizing our biological Ameriflux observations
  Martin Calderon, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, Fall 2017
Martin will join our lab this fall to working on ecosystem modeling
Pre-college interns
Teaching Assistants and Writing Fellows
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