Meet the Undergraduates of EAS

  • Hannah Verboncoeur

    Hannah Verboncoeur – May, 2019

    Hannah Verboncoeur is a 2nd year EAS undergraduate major pursuing the research option with interests in glacial geophysics. Her early research focused on the geomorphological processes of the earth’s surface with Dr. Ken Ferrier, including chemical depletion in regolith, bedrock frost fracture, and knickpoint propagation. She has been a researcher in an NSF summer REU program and is currently preparing for a summer fieldwork position on the Juneau Icefield between Alaska and Canada, where she’ll be studying ice sheet geophysics using ground-penetrating radar techniques. When she returns, she will dive into glaciological research with Dr. Alexander Robel, learning as much as she can about the science she’s so passionate about. Hannah is a founding officer of Georgia Tech’s Earth science honor fraternity Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the EAS representative on the Undergraduate House of Representatives, and an active recruiter of prospective EAS students. In her spare time, Hannah is an avid foodie, adventurous traveler, and loves watching standup comedy. In the future, she plans to work towards her PhD and continue developing her career as a glaciologist.

  • Brad Rubin

    Brad Rubin – April, 2019

    Brad Rubin is a third year EAS Major with a Meteorology focus. Brad’s main interests are severe weather cyclogenesis, operational forecasting, meteorological consulting, and (occasionally) storm chasing. He is an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS); he currently serves as President of Georgia Tech’s AMS student chapter, StORM Club, and he attended the 2019 AMS Student Conference. He is currently researching jet superposition events and near-miss events under the guidance of Dr. Zachary Handlos, and plans to pursue a Master’s degree. He is a brother of Phi Delta Theta and a member of the Sting Hunger Club on campus. He enjoys playing basketball, fishing, and cooking.  


  • Sara Tonks

    Sara Tonks – March, 2019

    Sara Tonks a third year BS/MS student majoring in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with a focus in Meteorology. She is most interested in severe weather, emergency management, meteorological data analysis, and fieldwork. She is an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS); she currently serves as Vice President of Georgia Tech’s AMS student chapter, StORM Club, and she attended the 2019 AMS Student Conference. She has TA’d EAS 1600 (Introduction to Environmental Sciences) and EAS 1601 (Habitable Worlds). She is a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Service Fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, writing, and hiking.

  • Xinyi (Camilla) Liu

    Xinyi (Camilla) Liu – February, 2019

    Xinyi (Camilla) Liu is a 3rd year senior EAS undergraduate major with a minor in German. She will begin her PhD in Fall 2019. Her undergraduate research has focused on landscape and early life evolution, and her most recent project involves Earth system modelling with Dr. Chris Reinhard. She is an EAS lab TA, a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, a PURA recipient, and an Alternative Break Coordinator in GT Trailblazers. Camilla is from China. She enjoys travelling, especially in the Himalayas, playing badminton, playing the Chinese flute, translating books, travel photography, and trying all sort of new things.

  • Lily Sandler

    Lily Sandler – January, 2019

    Lily Sandler is a 3rd year EAS major. Her research interests lie in biogeochemistry. She does undergraduate research with Dr. Jennifer Glass on oceanic nitrogen cycling. She is working to develop a method to efficiently measure hydroxylamine, a reactive intermediate of the nitrogen cycle that react to produce nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas.

    Lily is also a member of the Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth Science honor society. Lily also volunteers at ORGT (Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech), where she is a Backpacking Instructor and helps to lead overnight backpacking trips for Georgia Tech students. Over the summer, she went on an ORGT Backpacking Expedition to Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean, to complete the GR20, the hardest long-distance hiking trail in Europe. She enjoyed seeing the geologic formations on the trail!

  • Kathrine Udell

    Kathrine Udell – December, 2018

    Kathrine Udell is a 4th year EAS student minoring in Sustainable Cities. Her research interests are in planetary science and glaciology. She does undergraduate research with Dr. Britney Schmidt on the dynamics of glaciers in Greenland. In 2017, Kathrine worked on the TARGIT CubeSat LiDAR project under Dr. Brian Gunter. Kathrine also spent a semester interning at EGSci, a geotechnical consulting company.

    During her time researching she has attended IGS, presented at AGU 2017 and is planning to present again at AGU 2018. Kathrine is also the president and a founding member of the Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth Science honor society.

    In her free time, Kathrine likes to tend to her ever-growing plant collection, read, and travel.

  • Kayla Duarte

    Kayla Duarte – November, 2018

    Kayla Duarte is a third year EAS major concentrating in planetary science and will be graduating in May 2019. She has been working on NASA’s Dawn Mission with Dr. Britney Schmidt since her freshman year studying geomorphological features on dwarf planet Ceres and the role of ground ice in its subsurface. She has a first-authored paper in revision pertaining to an intermediate class of landslides identified on Ceres, and recently gave a talk at the Division of Planetary Sciences Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN on her current research involving potential ground ice related features in Occator crater on Ceres.

    During her time at Georgia Tech, Kayla was awarded both the Rutt S. Bridges Undergraduate Research Award and the President’s Undergraduate Research Award. She was also a member of Lambda Sigma Honor Society, a sophomore-only honor fraternity.

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending hours in the kitchen creating organic cosmetics, playing guitar, and skateboarding.

  • Aishwarya ‘Ria’ Joshi

    Aishwarya ‘Ria’ Joshi – January, 2017

    Ria Joshi is a 4th year EAS major with a concentration in Oceanography and Sustainability. Her line of research interest includes the Study the dynamics of density currents on underwater volcanic eruptions and currently working with Dr. Josef Dufek and grad student Ryan Cahalan.

    While at Ga Tech, Ria has enjoyed the leadership role as the EAS Club President, a teaching assistant for EAS 2600, team leader for GT1000.  In the future Ria hopes to work as an environmental consultant.

    Ria considers "spare time" is the equivalent of "stopping time", and because of this enjoys activities which allow her to capture a moment and indulge. Cuddling up and loosing herself in a novel or a journal article (usually about the environment) or traveling and hiking with her family. When hiking, she likes to blend her knowledge from her undergrad work and the world around her, by sharing geology knowledge to her hiking mates. Over the past 13 years when Ria wants to escape from nature and school, she enjoys practicing Tae Kwon Do, which she has the rank of 3rd Degree Black belt.

  • Nicholas Hitt

    Nicholas Hitt – December, 2016

    Nicholas Hitt is a 5th year senior graduation December 2016.  His line of research is Paleoclimatology and Oceanography and has worked in Dr Kim Cobb’s Lab since spring 2015. While working with Dr. Cobb, Nick was awarded the Rutt S. Bridges Undergraduate Research Award and the PURA Travel Grant. He spoke at the AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans in 2016 and will be speaking at the AGU Fall Meeting in December 2016.  Nick was able to go on a field expedition to Christmas Island in March 2016 for 10 days collecting water samples to study the 2015/2016 El Nino and coral for future paleoclimate work.

    He has also really enjoyed teaching and being a TA for EAS 1601 since fall 2015.With Nick’s research over course of his undergrad experience, he will be publishing a methodology paper on using young fossil corals for 20th century mean climate reconstructions.

    In Nick’s spare time he plays guitar, hunts, fishes and hikes. He also likes to drive around the country for music festivals.

  • Riannon Colton – November, 2016

    Riannon Colton is a 3rd year undergraduate student in EAS currently working towards her B.S. degree. In 2015-2016, she studied tectonic influences on chemical erosion rates under Dr. Ken Ferrier. In Spring 2016, Riannon earned the EAS Rutt Bridges Undergraduate Research Award and had the opportunity to spend 16 days aboard a Schmidt Ocean research vessel, the R/V Falkor, in Vietnam.  This work was under the direction of Dr. Annalisa Bracco on an international ocean science team to measure nutrient fluxes to the South China Sea. 

    She is currently working on a NASA USIP team under Dr. Brain Gunter (Aerospace Engineering) designing and building a CubeSat that will remotely sense surface topography of planetary bodies to high precision using a LiDAR instrument.

    Riannon is an ORGT Caving Instructor in Training. In her spare time, she loves SCUBA diving, backpacking, and traveling. She is a member of EAS club and GT StORM, and an avid player of Humans vs Zombies on Georgia Tech campus.