Tyler is primarily interested in the links between algal community structure and biogeochemical cycles, and how these relationships may apply to broader freshwater ecosystem structure and function. Currently, he is investigating temporal, spatial, and physical controls on microbial mats in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.
Jessica Weinkle finished her PhD in Environmental Studies in December 2013. While working on her MA in Climate and Society at Columbia University she became interested in natural hazards, risk perception and the use of climate and weather forecasts in policy and society. Today, she studies the insurability of the hurricane risk with particular attention given to the use of science by different interests. Jessica did her undergraduate work in zoology at the University of Texas at Austin.