Melissa Schwab

I am a biogeochemist with an expertise in sedimentary, inorganic, and organic geochemistry. I combine established and novel approaches to gain a deeper understanding of biogeochemical cycles and their influence on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. My research focuses on the deconvolution of riverine and marine carbon export processes, reservoir times, and climatic factors controlling organic carbon cycling.

  • Doctorate Earth Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2020)
  • MS Earth Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2015)
  • BS Earth Science, University Heidelberg, Germany (2013)

Research Interests: 
  • Local and regional carbon cycles
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Inorganic geochemistry
  • Sedimentology
  • Statistics and geospatial modeling

Professional Experience: 

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2021 – present)

Selected Awards: 

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (2020)

Selected Publications: 
  1. Schwab, M. S., Hilton, R. G., Raymond, P. A., Haghipour, N., Amos, E., Tank, S. E., Holmes, R. M., Tipper, E. T., and Eglinton, T. I. (2020). An Abrupt Aging of Dissolved Organic Carbon in Large Arctic Rivers. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL088823.
  2. Eglinton, T. I., Galy, V. V., Hemingway, J. D., Feng, X., Bao, H., Blattmann, T. M., Dickens, A. F., Gies, H., Giosan, L., Haghipour, N., Hou, P., Lupker, M., McIntyre, C. P., Montluçon, D. B., Peucker-Ehrenbrink, B., Ponton, C., Schefuß, E., Schwab, M. S., Voss, B. M., Wacker, L., Wu, Y., and Zhao, M. (2021). Climate control on terrestrial biospheric carbon turnover. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(8).
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