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CEESMO Administration

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Menas Kafatos, Ph.D.

Director, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics
Areas of Research: Quantum mechanics and mind/brain dynamics, black holes and cosmology, interdisciplinary earth system science, climate change, natural hazards (including earthquakes, wildfires, and tropical cyclones), aerosols and pollution, remote sensing, big data, vegetation and climate change, and distributed data information system architecture
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Seung Hee Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Operations, Research Assistant Professor
Areas of Research: Mesoscale and regional climate modeling, climate change impact assessment, and remote sensing data application
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Annie Harrington

Operations Coordinator
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Annie coordinates administrative activities for CEESMO and is the center's primary contact person.

CEESMO Scientists

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Emmanuel Dinnat, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Areas of Research: Active and passive microwave remote sensing, ocean salinity, radiative transfer and scattering from rough surfaces, oceanic processes and interactions with the cryosphere
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Hesham El-Askary, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of Computational and Data Science Graduate Programs
Areas of Research: Dust storms monitoring and detection using remote sensing technologies, air pollution problems over mega cities, climate change and its impacts on sea level rise for coastal areas
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Francis Fujioka, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty
Areas of Research: Integrated weather/fire modeling, wildland fire risk assessment, fire behavior and fire danger analysis and prediction
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Shenyue Jia, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Areas of Research: Remote sensing for wildfire risk, phenology, spatial analysis, and geovisualization
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Jinwon Kim, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty
Areas of Research: Regional climate, water cycle, atmospheric rivers, and land-surface processes with an emphasis on the western US and East Asia
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Julia Kim, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty
Areas of Research: Political economy, welfare state, poverty, inequality, labor movement, food security, globalization, trade politics, climate politics, environmental politics, institutions, and economic development
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Mijin Kim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Area of Research: Understanding aerosol optical properties based on satellite remote sensing
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Dimitar Ouzounov, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Research Faculty
Areas of Research: Geophysics, geospace applications for natural hazards risk management, lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling, electromagnetic studies of earthquakes and volcanoes, and geocomputing
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Kristen Whitney, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Areas of Research: Remote sensing data analysis, observing and modeling changes in vegetation health and relation to wildfire risk
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Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Ph.D.

Director of International Science Programs, Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Bioscience
Areas of Research: Modeling neuronal disorders, electrophysiology, and chemical impacts, and computational biology and bioinformatics
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Andrew Papillon

Student Research Assistant

CEESMO Collaborators

Ghassem Asrar, Ph.D.
VPR-VP Research, University of Maryland

 

Eun-Chul Chang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kongju National University, South Korea

 

George Galanis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Section of Mathematics, Greek Naval Academy, Greece and Researcher, Atmospheric Modeling and Weather Forecasting Group, Physics Department, University of Athens, Greece

 

Armando González Cabán, Ph.D.
US Forest Service (Retired)

 

Katsumi Hattori, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

 

George Kallos, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Athens, School of Physics and Director, Division of Environmental Physics, and Meteorology and Senior Research Associate, SUNY/ASRC, Albany, NY and Research Professor

 

Vassilis Karastathis, Ph.D.
Research Director, National Observatory of Athens, Athens, Greece

 

Hyungjun Kim, Ph.D.
Project Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan

 

Woo-Kyun Lee, Ph.D.
Professor, Korea University, South Korea

 

Yungon Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chungnam National University, South Korea

 

Chul-Hee Lim, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Korea University, South Korea

 

Xue Liu, Ph.D.
CGA Fellow, Harvard University

 

David Medvigy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame

 

Boksoon Myoung, Ph.D.
Researcher, APEC Climate Center (APCC), Busan, South Korea

 

Son Nghiem, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

 

Murat Oz, Ph.D.
Faculty of Pharmacy, Kuwait University

 

Jeremy Pal, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, Loyola Marymount University

 

Seon K. Park, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Director, Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research (CCCPR) Director, Severe Storm Research Center (SSRC) Ewha Womans University

 

Michele Romolini, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Departments of Biology and Environmental Studies Director of Research, Center for Urban Resilience Loyola Marymount University

 

José Sánchez, Ph.D.
Research Economist, US Forest Service

 

Henry P. Stapp, Ph.D.
Quantum Mechanics Collaborator, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 

Eric G. Strauss, Ph.D.
President's Professor of Biology, Executive Director, Loyola Marymount University Center For Urban Resilience, Seaver College of Science & Engineering

 

Patrick Taylor, Ph.D.
Geophysicist, NASA GSFC, Geodesy and Geophysics Laboratory, Greenbelt, MD, USA

 

Robert Walko, Ph.D.
Scientist, MAS, University of Miami