Our Postdoctoral Scholars have completed PhDs and hold temporary academic appointments at CU, where they work closely with one or several INSTAAR researchers on a specific topic. Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars on research innovation and professional development is a key INSTAAR mission. Current postdocs with questions or concerns should contact Kristýna Kantnerová (Postdoc Representative). Current postdocs might want to check out the CU Boulder Postdoc Peer Mentoring Program. Prospective postdocs should contact individual INSTAAR Faculty to explore potential collaborations; see Faculty pages for FellowsResearch Scientists, and Fellow Emeriti.


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Nicolò Ardenghi
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Paleoclimate • Biomarkers • Environmental analytical chemistry
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Josh Coupe
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Stratospheric aerosols • Paleoclimate modeling
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Edgart Flores
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Organic geochemistry • Microbial lipodomics
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Matthias Fuchs
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Permafrost • Soil carbon • Methane emissions
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Tian Gan
Postdoctoral ScholarSoftware engineer
• Hydroinformatics • Snow hydrology • Water resources management
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David Harning
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Quaternary paleoclimate • Lake and marine sediment • Organic geochemistry • Ancient DNA • Tephra
Geological Sciences
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Jonathan Henn
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Alpine plant ecology
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Annika Horlings
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Glaciology • Glacial hydrology • Geophysics
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Dean Howard
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Atmospheric pollution • Micrometeorology • Boundary layer meteorology • Emissions • Mercury
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Katya Jay
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Plant ecology • Climate change
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Kristýna Kantnerová
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Stable isotope analysis • Greenhouse gases • Nitrogen cycle
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Cara Nissen
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Ocean biogeochemical cycles • Bio-physical interactions • Ocean modeling
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Ross Palomaki
Ross Palomaki
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Snow hydrology • Remote sensing • River ice
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Courtney Payne
Postdoctoral scholar
• Ocean biogeochemical cycling • Ocean modeling • High latitude environments
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Jennifer Pensky
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Ecohydrology
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Jonathan Raberg
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Paleoclimatology • Organic geochemistry • Quaternary research • Spectroscopy
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Marisa Repasch
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Fluvial geomorphology • Isotope geochemistry • Carbon cycle
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Katherine Rocci
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Soil biogeochemistry • Global change
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Maria Luisa Sánchez Montes
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Paleoclimate reconstruction
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Jason Shabaga
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Biogeochemistry • Soil carbon cycling
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Laura Sunberg
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Environmental fluid mechanics • Coastal oceanography • Particle transport
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Khum Thapa-Magar
Postdoctoral Scholar
• Plant-insect interaction • Dryland ecology • Ecological modeling
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Peyton Thomas
Postdoctoral Scholar