Athanasios Nenes travels to the pristine island of Crete to study how air pollution traveling across great distances interacts with sunlight and affects climate. His group is also studying how pollution, especially when mixed with Saharan dust, can fertilize the oceans when it falls out of the sky.
Joe Brown travels to South Africa to work on water and sanitation infrastructure in underserved communities. Tony Giarrusso is working closely with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and park rangers in Rwanda to keep tabs on the mountain gorilla population.
Britney Schmidt, an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has made three polar plunges to Antarctica. At McMurdo Station, her team, including engineers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute led by Michael West, built a robotic underwater vehicle called Icefin and deployed it to explore the underside of the ice shelves flowing off the continent.
Jennifer Glass and her four-woman team of biogeochemists traveled 300 miles from Georgia Tech’s urban campus to Sapelo Island in search of new organisms and new routes of action in the chemical cycles.