Lena (she/hers) joined the NOISE lab in September 2019. She is interested in learning about sulfur cycling, carbon storage and microbial-mediated preservation of organic matter in low-oxygen environments such as coastal vegetative habitats and oxygen minimum zones (OMZs). Lena holds a M.S. in Geology from UC Davis where she worked with Dr. Tessa Hill to investigate the sources of organic matter to seagrass sediments in estuaries in California using bulk sediment geochemistry. She received her B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University (CT) in 2016. Lena can usually be found outside climbing, running or hiking.
Sophia joined the NOISE Lab in June 2019. She is currently a UCSB undergraduate pursuing a major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a minor in Earth Sciences. Her project involves studying the different pyrite morphologies found in the Monterey Formation, which provide clues to understanding fossil pyritization in sulfur-cycling, anoxic environments. During her free time, Sophia can usually be found walking her dog around IV.
Max's current project in the NOISE Lab seeks to understand how vegetation type and the physical characteristics of sediments affect anoxia and carbon storage at Carpinteria Salt Marsh. His work integrates sedimentological data with sediment biogeochemistry to improve estimates of organic carbon storage in coastal vegetated habitats on regional and global scales. When not in the lab, you can find Max drinking coffee, starting TV shows and never finishing them, and making way too much pizza.