Alia Lauren Khan

Alia Lauren Khan

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

  • PhD 2016



  • PhD: University of Colorado - Boulder, Civil Engineering, 2016
  • MS: University of Colorado - Boulder, Environmental Studies, 2012
  • BSPH: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2009

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Research Interests

Biogeochemistry, hydrochemistry, black carbon, snow/ice albedo.


  • East Asia Pacific Studies Institute, National Science Foundation, 2016
  • Student Scholarship, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), 2015
  • Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide, National Science Foundation, 2014
  • Pathfinder Travel Research Fellowship, CUAHSI - Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, 2012
  • Nordic Research Opportunity, National Science Foundation, 2011
  • Student Research Grant, Colorado Water Research Institute , 2011
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2010
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Stibal, M., Box, J. E., Cameron, K. A., Langen, P. L., Yallop, M. L., Mottram, R. H., Alia Lauren KhanNoah P. Molotch, Chrismas, N. A. M., Quaglia, F. C., Remias, D., Smeets, C. J. P. P., van den Broeke, M. R., Ryan, J. C., Hubbard, A., Tranter, M., van As, D., Ahlstrom, A. 2017: Algae drive enhanced darkening of bare ice on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(22): 11,463-11,471. DOI: 10.1002/2017GL075958

Alia Lauren Khan, Dierssen, H., Schwarz, J. P., Schmitt, C., Chlus, A., Hermanson, M., Painter, T. H., Diane M. McKnight 2017: Impacts of coal dust from an active mine on the spectral reflectance of Arctic surface snow in Svalbard, Norway. Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres, 22(3): 1767-1778. DOI: 10.1002/2016JD025757

Mayewski, P. A., Bracegirdle, T., Goodwin, I., Schneider, D., Bertler, N. A. N., Birkel, S., Carleton, A., England, M. H., Kang, J.-H., Alia Lauren Khan, Russell, J., Turner, J., Velicogna, I. 2015: Potential for Southern Hemisphere climate surprises. Journal of Quaternary Science, 30(5): 391-395. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.2794

Alia Lauren Khan 2012: Creative adaptation: Bangladesh’s resilience to flooding and droughts in a changing climate. In Lamadrid, A. and Kelman, I. (eds.) Climate Change Modeling for Local Adaptation in the Hindu Kush–Himalayan Region. Emerald Group, 159-176.

Brown, J., Stauber, C., Murphy, J. L., Alia Lauren Khan, Mu, T., Elliott, M., Sobsey, M. D. 2011: Ambient-temperature incubation for the field detection of Escherichia coli in drinking water. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 110(4): 915-923. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.04940.x

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