PI – Dr. Gavin McNicol

Hello!  I’m an environmental scientist who specializes in wetland biogeochemistry and its climate change connections. I love spaceship Earth and I think humans can make it even better by understanding more about how it works. There is still so much we don’t know, and even more we don’t know we don’t know! I work to understand how humans impact flows (or fluxes) of the vital elements for life. Within that, I focus on gas exchanges between the Earth’s land surface and atmosphere in natural, agricultural, and urban environments.

Graduate Students

Fall 2021

Junior Jules François

Junior studied at University Antenor Firmin (UNAF) of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, from 2011-2016 where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy studying the adaptation and yield of two varieties of black bean under the effect of two organic fertilizers (compost and ash) in 2016. After graduation, he worked as a research assistant with the NGO SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) where he participated in the research considering the climate mitigation potential for thermophilic composting of human waste, leading a publication in Nature Climate Change. Junior then became an Assistant Professor in Agronomic Principles at UNAF in 2019, before joining the McNicol Lab at UIC in Fall 2021. He hopes to continue to study the biogeochemical aspects of organic waste in agronomic settings for his Master’s thesis.

Otto Briner

Undergraduate Students

Fall 2021

Spring 2021

I am majoring in Earth and Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. I loved Earth science and ecology from a young age, but I never knew what I wanted to focus on. After being an intern in wetland remediation and loving every second of it, I decided that wetlands would likely be my starting point for life after graduation. I hope to support the protection, remediation, and creation of natural spaces throughout my career. I’m conducting independent research in the McNicol Lab for which I’m exploring the use of satellite remote sensing data to understand the effects of wetland remediation on ecosystem function in the Chicagoland region.

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