Molly D. O'Beirne

Post-doctoral scholar



Molly became a founding member of NOISE Lab in February 2019 after defending her PhD with Dr. Josef Werne at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on developing and applying isotopic and spectroscopic tools like compound-specific S-isotopes, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS) to better understand the source, reactivity, and fate of organic sulfur in the environment.

Anna Schartman

PhD student

Anna joined the NOISE Lab in September 2019. She is investigating the effects of organic matter sulfurization on carbon burial in marine environments. Her background is in organic geochemistry, with a focus on using the stable hydrogen and carbon isotope measurements of terrestrial plant biomarkers as a means to understand past climate variability. Anna holds a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Washington and B.S. in geology from the University of Cincinnati. In her free time, she enjoys being outside and consuming large quantities of baked goods.

Lena Capece

PhD student


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. 

University of California

Santa Barbara, USA

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