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
XinchenLu Xinchen Lu, Visiting PhD student, summer 2018
Xinchen is visiting from Beijing Normal University and spending summer 2018 with us working on aspects of remote sensing of carbon fluxes with solar-induced fluorescence
Ph.D. Students
KeXu Ke Xu, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Fall 2012- Summer 2018
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
Jess Turner Jess Turner, Environment and Resources, Fall 2018-
Jess is joining our lab in 2018 to work on issues surrounding land management, water resources, and ecosystem fluxes
BaileyMurphy Bailey Murphy, AOS Fall 2018-
Bailey is joining our lab in 2018 to work on ecosystem model-data informatics
Sreenath Paleri Sreenath Paleri, AOS Fall 2018-
Sreenath is joining our lab in 2018 to work on large eddy simulation of mesoscale circulations in the boundary-layer
Anthony Crespo Anthony Crespo, AOS Fall 2018-
Anthony is joining out lab in 2018 to work on snow cover and storm feedbacks

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 observing and modeling of lake heat and evaporation fluxes on Lake Mendota
Pre-college interns
Teaching Assistants and Writing Fellows
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