Our Research Staff keep our labs and programs running and ensure the quality of research results. Many also train students in the lab and field as well as engage in public outreach and tours. They represent a source of knowledge, talent, and experience that's critical to INSTAAR’s mission. Current staff with questions or concerns should contact Sylvia Englund Michel (Staff Representative). Prospective staff should check the Jobs page and consider contacting individual INSTAAR Faculty.

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Patrick Cappa

  • Professional Research Assistant, Professional Scientist, Wet Lab Manager, Lab Chemist
  • Professional Research Assistant
  • Professional Scientist

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

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Wet lab chemistry, isotope chemistry, maintenance and production of primary and secondary hOX radiocarbon standards and various other radiocarbon standards, lab glassblower, lab archivist.

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Stephanie Dykema

  • Lead Limnology Technician
  • Professional Research Assistant

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Understanding interactions among terrestrial and freshwater systems particularly in the context of climate change; Biogeochemical drivers of aquatic community structure; Lakes as sentinels of change; Shifting phenology; Plant restoration techniques; Native seed harvesting

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Leanne Lestak

  • GIS / Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Senior Professional Research Assistant

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing as applied to western water, snow hydrology, coastal change, and the creation and distribution of high resolution scientific data.

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Sylvia Englund Michel

  • Assistant Laboratory Manager
  • Senior Professional Research Assistant

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Technical expert in stable isotope mass spectrometry, including dual inlet and continuous flow techniques. Proficient with IDL coding language for data processing and management.

Valerie Morris

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Professional Research Assistant

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Isotopic analysis of ice cores, greenhouse gases, and many other matrices; looking at biogeochemistry, carbon cycling and climate change.

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Eric Parrish

  • Scientific Illustrator, Data Manager
  • Professional Research Assistant

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Graphics, GIS-based products, information and image management, scientific illustration, and support.

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Matt Schiff

  • Field and Lab Manager, Critical Zone Collaborative Network
  • Professional Research Assistant
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