Yuxuan Wang

Group Leader    ywang246@central.uh.edu

Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2005

B.E. in Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2000

Yuxuan's research focuses on improving our predictive capability of air pollution, atmospheric chemical variability, and the interactions between air quality and climate change. When she's not working, Yuxuan enjoys spending time with her family and dog. 


Xueying Liu

Postdoctoral Researcher    xliu84@central.uh.edu

Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2020


Xueying is interested in the complex interactions between air pollution, food security and ecosystem services under climate change. To address these pressing issues, she primarily uses chemical transport models and Earth system models including GEOS-Chem, WRF-GC and CESM. Current projects explore the impact of land-sea breeze on high ozone episodes over waters and adjacent coastal cities. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and traveling.


Elizabeth Klovenski

Ph.D. Candidate      eklovenski@uh.edu

B.S.  in Environmental Science (minor: Geosciences), University of Houston, 2017. 

Elizabeth is an avid lover of animals and the outdoors. She focuses her research on the long-range transport of emissions. She started the direct doctoral program for Atmospheric Science at the University of Houston (UH) in Fall 2017. Elizabeth is the current graduate student representative for the American Meteorological Society Student Chapter at UH. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, American Meteorological Society, and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. She has received awards and numerous scholarships during her undergraduate career such as the 2015 Furbunch Award-Outstanding Student in Field Methods and the 2016 EAS Outstanding Student in Environmental Science.


Claudia Bernier

Ph.D. Candidate      cmbernier@uh.edu

B.S. in Meteorology (minor: Mathematics), the University of the Incarnate Word, 2016


Claudia's research is focused on meteorological air patterns and processes and their effects on air quality in coastal cities. Claudia graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in Mathematics in December 2016 from the University of the Incarnate Word where she also swam Division 1 on an athletic scholarship. Some honors and awards she has achieved are NCAA Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association All-Academic Team, the School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Honors-in Meteorology for outstanding academics, and the NCAR/ACOM Ralph C. Cicerone Fellowship. Claudia is fluent in Spanish and hopes to one day work in helping people understand the importance of science and global climate change.


Wei Li

Ph.D. Candidate      wli38@uh.edu

M.S. in Geology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), 2018

B.A. in Resource Exploration Engineering, Hebei University of Engineering, 2015


Wei is interested in applying data mining algorithms and numerical models (GEOS-Chem and WRF-Chem) to solve problems in atmospheric chemistry and air pollution. He has been awarded various scholarships and honors during both his undergraduate and graduate study, such as National Encouragement Scholarship in 2013 and Academic Scholarship in 2016. He believes in life-long learning and hopes to make significant contributions to the academic world. His favorite pastimes are traveling and playing table tennis.


Travis Griggs

Ph.D. Candidate (co-advised with Dr. James Flynn)      ptgriggs@central.uh.edu

B.S. Environmental Science Environmental Systems and Modeling (Minor: Geology), May 2018, University of Houston


Travis’ research is focused on surface ozone observations in a complex coastal meteorological environment and is currently working on collecting unique mobile air quality observations on Galveston Bay. Travis graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Environmental Science degree at the University of Houston in the Spring of 2018. Travis is a native Houstonian and would like to contribute to the understanding and improvement of the local air quality. In his free time Travis enjoys spending time outdoors with his family (wife, son & 2 dogs).


Tabitha Lee

Ph.D. Student     tclee3@uh.edu

B.S. in Environmental Science (concentration: Atmospheric Sciences) (minor: Energy and Sustainability, Geophysics), May 2020, University of Houston

Tabitha's research is focused on the impact of extreme weather conditions' effect on the electric load and how this changes the emissions profile in Texas. She hopes that her research will give way to a better understanding of the electric utility's role in extreme weather conditions and its effect on air quality. Tabitha is currently the vice president of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and served as the social director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and going on runs. 


Alexander Spike 

Ph.D. Student     Ahspike@uh.edu

BS in Atmospheric Sciences, 2020, University of Houston


Alexander is the 1st-year Ph.D. student. Alexander was the treasurer of the American Meteorological Society at UH. His research focuses on climate resiliency and air pollution in the Gulf coast area. He hopes his research will contribute to local climate change mitigation solutions as well as achieving a sustainable-justice oriented society. Alexander loves to spend free time with his adopted retired racing greyhound Diablo. 


Meghan Harris

Ph.D. Student     mharri20@CougarNet.UH.EDU

B.S. in Environmental Science, May 2021, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Meghan’s research is focused on studying the impact of droughts on aerosols and climate-chemistry feedbacks. She is using models such as GISS, CESM, GFDL, and GEOS-Chem to explore this complex relationship. Meghan’s interest in modeling began during her undergraduate years, where she studied the teleconnective response between the northern and southern polar regions. She graduated in 2021 with Honors and as an outstanding scholar in Earth and Atmospheric Systems Science. She hopes to integrate research with her passion for environmental justice. In her free time, Meghan enjoys cooking, climbing, and tending to her houseplants.


Ehsan Soleimanian

Ph.D. Student     esoleima@uh.edu

M.S. in Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, 2020

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2017

Ehsan is interested in air pollution measurement techniques and analysis across urban areas to provide insight into the effects of pollutants on human health and the environment. His current research is associated with ozone pollution and its long-term variations in southeastern Texas. Ehsan graduated with an M.S. from the University of Southern California where he conducted experimental/analytical air quality projects focusing on the physio-chemical characterization, sources, and toxicity of ambient particulate matter across metropolitan areas. Ehsan’s research studies have been published in several peer-reviewed journals, and he has often contributed to the scientific publication process by serving as a peer reviewer for different journals.


Shailaja Wasti

Ph.D. Student     swasti@cougarnet.uh.edu

M.S. in Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing), 2020

Shailaja is generally interested in remote sensing applications for environmental monitoring. Currently, she is investigating the effect of drought on air pollution using remote sensing data and numerical modeling. During her M.S, she developed a high-resolution evapotranspiration monitoring application for Nepal using Landsat-8 and the METRIC model. She did her undergraduate in Physics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, with concentrations in space physics and environment. Shailaja has received several awards such as ‘ The Belt and Road’ Master Fellowship, thesis grant from ‘B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory and Science Museum Development Board, Nepal’,  and merit-based tuition waivers during her studies. Outside of research, she is interested in cooking, playing badminton, and traveling. She is also involved in outreach activities for girls, especially from developing countries like Nepal, for study in the STEM field

Group Alumni

Sing-Chun "Sally" Wang      Ph.D. 2019; Postdoc 2019-2020. Now at PNNL

Nan Lin                                 Visiting Ph.D. student 2019 - 2020. Now at Tsinghua University