Meet the Team
The 10Green team is comprised of climate and computer faculty and graduate students from the Climate Change Institute and the Computer Science Department of the University of Maine.
Erik Albert is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Maine. He is the recipient of the UMaine Center for Teaching Excellence Exemplary Teaching Instruction Award, the MEIF Fellowship, and the Dean's Award for Research and Creative Achievement. His research interests include predictive capabilities for informed commitment in reactive planning systems, knowledge-based planning, focus of attention in planning, multi-agent autonomous systems, RESTful web architectures, and mobile applications.
Sean Birkel is a climate scientist with a graduate research background in quaternary geology, ice sheet modeling, and computer programming. His current work involves using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to produce downscaled future climate projections from global circulation models. He also uses WRF in conjunction with the University of Maine Ice Sheet Model (UMISM) to reconstruct past ice sheets and climate. Sean's interest in 10Green is to help educate the public about the climate system and the effects of pollution on human health.
Sudarshan S. Chawathe
Sudarshan S. Chawathe serves as Associate Professor of Computer Science and Cooperating Associate Professor of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, and the the B.Tech. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is the recipient of the President's Gold Medal from IIT Kanpur and a CAREER award from National Science Foundation. His research interests include scientific-data management, semi-structured and XML data, information integration, streaming query processing, data mining, differencing, change management, intelligent transportation systems, peer-to-peer systems, service-oriented and Web architectures, and mobile applications.
Bjorn Grigholm is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Earth Sciences and the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. His research utilizes ice cores to investigate gradual and abrupt climatic and environmental change in Asia and South America. He interprets ice core records via glaciochemical analysis (e.g. stable isotopes, major soluble ions, and trace elements) to discover how atmospheric chemical compositions have varied over time. His research sites include glaciers in China, Tajikistan, Chile, and Peru.
Dr. Andrei V. Kurbatov is an Assistant Research Professor at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. Over the last decade he has investigated links between climate and volcanism by studying volcanic products preserved in ice cores. He has participated in more than thirty research expeditions in Antarctica, Asia, Greenland, Chile, Kamchatka, New Zealand and the USA. Andrei graduated from the geology department of Moscow State University in 1989. He started his research career at the Institute of Volcanology, Kamchatka, Russia. In 2001 he earned a doctorate degree in volcanology from the State University of New York, Buffalo, where he also developed an interest in computing, and gained expertise in using computer applications to address and solve emerging scientific problems in interdisciplinary settings.
Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski is director and professor of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. He is an internationally acclaimed scientist and explorer, leader of >50 expeditions to some of the remotest reaches of the planet (eg., Antarctica, Arctic, Himalayas, Andes). His scientific achievements appear in >300 publications plus a climate change book written for the public, “The Ice Chronicles – The quest to understand global climate change” and a new book, “The Journey - Adventure, the golden age of climate research and the unmasking of human innocence”. Examples of his honors include: the first-ever internationally awarded Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Medal, the Seligman Crystal from the International Glaciological Society, an honorary PhD from Stockholm University and a private audience in the Forbidden City (Beijing, China). He has developed several highly prominent national and international research programs; developed numerous outreach efforts (eg., with the American Museum of Natural History and the Boston Museum of Science), and appeared hundreds of times in public including NOVA, BBC, PBS, ABC and several segments with CBS “60 Minutes”.