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Plata Lab

Submitted by Desiree Plata on June 17, 2018 - 6:04pm

Society’s grand challenges of climate, water, and energy will not be solved using the same type of thinking that created them. The Plata Lab at Yale University seeks to change the approach to innovation globally, where engineered solutions of the future will incorporate environmental objectives early in the design process to ensure sustainable technologies in a resource-limited world.  

Heald Group

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Submitted by Colette Heald on August 12, 2017 - 9:14pm
Our group investigates the atmospheric composition and chemistry of the global atmosphere and how this impacts air quality, climate, and environmental health. Our research focuses on biosphere-atmosphere interactions, aerosol sources and transformations, and the connections between atmospheric chemistry and climate. We use observations of the atmosphere from all scales (in situ to satellite) with global models of chemistry and climate to study these questions.

Kocar Lab

Submitted by Ben Kocar on July 17, 2017 - 5:45pm


Our group measures and deciphers biogeochemical processes responsible for controlling the fate and cycling of nutrients, contaminants, and trace gases in soils, sediments, and natural waters. These biotic and biotic reactions are often chemically intertwined and transpire within complex systems containing aqueous solutions, mineral assemblages, gases, and microorganisms.

Polz Lab

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Submitted by Martin Polz on July 13, 2017 - 4:47pm

Environmental microbiology is at an important crossroads. Over the last twenty years we have learned that microbes are the most ubiquitous organisms on Earth, yet the dynamics that govern their interactions and evolution remain poorly understood. What is the role of individual populations within the community? What is the range of genomic similarity that defines a population as a functional unit? What mechanisms govern diversification of microbial populations in the environment?

Saavedra Lab

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Submitted by Serguei Saavedra on July 12, 2017 - 8:39am

Network and Community Ecology

Structure and Feasibility of Ecological Communities

"Environments and populations are dynamic and constantly changing, we must keep them both capable of further natural change" Rosemary Grant

Cordero Lab

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Submitted by Otto X. Cordero on July 10, 2017 - 3:41pm

We study how social and ecological interactions between microorganisms impact the global function and dynamics of ecosystems. Our goal is to discover the principles that determine the efficiency, robustness and adaptability of microbial ecosystems.

McLaughlin Lab

Submitted by Dennis McLaughlin on July 10, 2017 - 3:25pm

Welcome to the McLaughlin Group website. We are part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Course ONE @ MIT). Our research focuses on the study of hydrology, water resources systems and environmental data assimilation. We apply theoretical and numerical methods to study:

  • the links between water and agriculture
  • the uncertainties in water flows
  • ​the competition for water resources

Kroll Lab

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Submitted by Jesse Kroll on July 10, 2017 - 3:03pm
Research in the Kroll Group involves laboratory studies, fieldwork, and instrument development aimed at understanding the lifecycle (emissions, transformation, and loss) of atmospheric organic species. A central theme is the chemistry underlying the formation and evolution of organic aerosol, a major component of atmospheric fine particulate matter.