The People

Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler is the director of the Educational Global Climate Modeling project, and is a research scientist at Columbia University and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. His primary research interests include Earth’s climate history and, of course, making GCMs more accessible so more people can study Earth’s climate history (there’s plenty of history to go around). Mark holds degrees in geoscience from Columbia (PhD), the University of Texas (MS), and the University of Wisconsin (BS). His life goals include finishing everything on his “To Do” list, hitting a home run in softball, raising his bowling average above 200, and standing on the surface of Mars. All have an equal chance of occurring.

Linda Sohl

Linda Sohl is the project manager for the Educational Global Climate Modeling project, and an Earth systems scientist at Columbia University and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. As a young girl, she spent hours with a rock and mineral guide in one hand and a bunch of pebbles in the other, trying to figure out what the last ice age had left in her backyard. As a grad student, grappling with the mysteries of the “Snowball Earth” led her to switch from breaking rocks to breaking climate models. Her current research interests range across Earth history, and she hopes to boldly go on to modeling exoplanets. Linda holds degrees in communications from Fordham University (BA) and in the geosciences from Hunter College-CUNY (BA) and Columbia (PhD).

Jian Zhou

Jian Zhou is the lead programmer for the Educational Global Climate Modeling project, and is currently working on a master’s degree in Instructional Technology at Teachers College at Columbia University. He also holds a master’s in Geographic Information Science from McGill University. Jian has two hobbies that he loves doing everyday: programming and shooting basketball. One of his life interests is to see how many times in a row the Miami Heat will make the NBA Finals and how many world championships they can win.

Sarah Tortorici

Sarah Tortorici is an intern for the Educational Global Climate Modeling project, and is currently an undergraduate student at MIT studying computer science. Sarah first used EdGCM for a science fair project in 2009, and started her internship in 2010 after meeting the other members of the project. She hopes that her work can help broaden the general public’s knowledge about climate science while she gains more experience coding large-scale projects.