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.


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.