Yan “Jenny” Ding
After receiving my PhD at FIU, I am now working as a postdoctoral researcher with CREST CAChE and the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC). My research interests include: molecular characterization and dynamic study of natural organic matter, focusing on pyrogenic-derived organic carbon (i.e., black carbon); petroleum chemistry and characterization of unknown oil degradation products (bio-/photo-degradation) and their toxicities; nutrients and long-term water quality monitoring; and applications of state-of-the-art analytical instruments such as ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS), ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography (UPLC), multi-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC-MS).
Alex Mercado Molina
I received my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. My goal with CREST CAChE is to determine whether an organism's physiological responses to environmental stress will regulate individual and population performance, taking into consideration multiple life-history traits. Working under the supervision of Dr. Joel Trexler, I will combine laboratory and field experiments with demographic modeling to evaluate the effects of physiological stress on 1) patterns of resource allocation, 2) demographic performance, and 3) population growth rates, using the Eastern Mosquitofish as a model species.
My research focuses on understanding the role of disturbance and resource availability on forest dynamics and utilizes remotely-sensed data to extrapolate observations at the plant and forest plot level to larger spatial and temporal scales. I am interested in questions that address how disturbance has shaped the vegetated landscape in the recent past and what changes we can expect in the future given global climate change predictions. I received my PhD in Earth Systems Science in 2015 from Florida International University.
I received a B.A. in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania, and spent one year studying abroad at the University of Western Australia, where I discovered the field of marine science. I received my Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Miami, RSMAS. My Ph.D. research involved analyzing the oceanic uptake of CO2 through international repeat hydrography cruises and examining marine physical chemistry with numerical modeling techniques. The intersection of natural and physical sciences in aquatic systems is very interesting and I am excited by the opportunities for interdisciplinary research at the CREST CAChE. I am currently working as a postdoctoral analyst in the Nutrient Analysis Laboratory and am involved with the educational coursework and training at the CREST CAChE.