Ecoclimate Lab


Ecoclimate Lab and Friends Spring 2019Ecoclimate Lab and Friends, Spring 2019

Abigail L. S. Swann

Associate Professor


Abigail SwannAbby is an associate professor in both the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Biology.

Abby’s CV [PDF].

Abby’s Google Scholar Profile.

contact: aswann (at) atmos (dot) washington (dot) edu

Jennifer Hsiao

Graduate Student

hsiaoJennifer is studying how crops respond to projected climate conditions, and what that means for the future of food production in our agricultural systems.
She uses process-based crop models to look at how changes in temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and soil moisture can affect the complex physiological network within plants, and how those changes impact crop growth and yield production.

contact: ach315 (at) uw (dot) edu

Jinhyuk Kim

Undergraduate Student

Marlies Kovenock

Graduate Student


Marlies is studying how plant structural acclimation (adjustments in plant shape) to future climate conditions will modify the biological, physical and chemical influences of vegetation on regional and global climate. The overarching goal of her research is to better constrain future climate predictions by advancing our understanding of plant-climate interactions.

contact: kovenock (at) uw (dot) edu

Marysa Laguë

Graduate Student

shapeimage_4Marysa studies how large changes in vegetation can modify the global climate, and how the climate response scales with the total area of vegetation changed. Using global climate models, she studies how changes in surface parameters such as albedo and water fluxes can modify the global energy budget, driving changes in atmospheric circulation which modify climate both locally and in regions far removed from the initial vegetation perturbation through atmospheric teleconnections.

contact: mlague (at) atmos (dot) washington (dot) edu

Marysa’s website

Greta Shum

Graduate Student

Greta Shum is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Her research interest is in the effect of the land surface and plant biology on the global carbon budget. Prior to joining the EcoClimate Lab Greta worked as a science communicator at the non-profit Climate Central, where she focused on climate change communication broadly, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, where her focus was on solutions to climate change. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and a minor in Planets and Life from Princeton University.


Greta’s website

Claire Zarakas

Graduate Student

Claire is broadly interested in global-scale interactions between terrestrial ecosystems, land use, and climate. She is currently studying the hydrologic implications of plants’ physiological response to elevated CO2. Before starting graduate school in the Atmospheric Sciences department, she worked at a public sector consulting firm, where she conducted research to inform climate mitigation and adaptation policies. As an undergraduate she majored in Geosciences at Princeton University.

contact: czarakas (at) uw (dot) edu


Eliza Dawson, Undergraduate

Now a graduate student at Stanford University

Elizabeth Garcia, Postdoctoral Fellow


Now at Seattle Public Utilities

Gregory Quetin, Graduate Student

shapeimage_3Now a postdoc at Stanford University

Greg’s website 

Parker Malek, Undergraduate

Now at Abt Associates

Older Group Photos

Ecoclimate Lab Autumn 2017

Ecoclimate Lab, Autumn 2017


Ecoclimate lab, Spring 2017

Ecoclimate Lab, Autumn 2015