Marie-Abele Bind is an Instructor of Investigation at the MGH Biostatistics Center. Her research interests focus on developing causal inference methods for quantifying the effects of randomized and non-randomized exposures on various outcomes and understanding the mechanisms explaining these effects. Her current research is funded by the NIH Early Independence Award program. She completed her joint PhD in Biostatistics and Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, working with Professors Joel Schwartz and Brent Coull. She then became a Ziff postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. In 2016, she was awarded an Early Independence Award (NIH High-Risk High-Reward research grant) and became Research Associate in the Department of Statistics. From 2017 to 2021, she became a John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow.

Dr. Mamadou Fall is a Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa (Canada), the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Vice President Technical of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. He graduated from the Earth Science Institute at the University of Dakar (Senegal) and was awarded a PhD excellence scholarship for his PhD studies in Germany. Subsequently, he was granted a postdoctoral fellowship by the German Research Foundation and coordinated the German Research Chair of Environmental Geosciences and Geotechnics.

Prof. Fall and his team are performing leading-edge research in the geotechnical and geoenvironmental fields in close collaboration with the industry, major federal and provincial governmental institutions, and international partners. He has been leading several major research projects that are related to geotechnical hazards and risks, mine waste management, underground disposal of nuclear wastes, problem grounds and coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes in geosystems. He is currently supervising a large research team of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students (PhD and Master).

Over the years, his research programs have obtained substantial funding from a number of agencies and private companies, and findings of his research group have been used and implemented by the industry, key federal and national agencies, and numerous institutions or organizations worldwide. These research findings and impacts have been recognized by several awards and distinctions as well as have been broadcasted by national and international televisions. Prof. Fall is included in the World’s Top 2% Scientists list, published by Stanford University in 2021.

Dr Huade Guan is Associate Professor in Hydrology at Flinders University, Australia. His research interests are mostly focused on water resource and environmental issues from the interface of land surface and atmosphere, through soil and vegetation, to groundwater table. He leads ecohydrology and hydrometeorology research group (EcoH2OMe) at Flinders.

Huade Guan is a Chief Investigator of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training since 2009. His research in NCGRT started from field-based investigation of vegetation water use under various climate conditions, using hydraulic, micrometeorological, physiological and isotopic methods, developed to numerical modelling of plant transpiration and drought responses, and to remote sensing analysis of large-scale interactions of climate and vegetation.

Huade Guan has led several government-funded urban microclimate and ecohydrology projects, aiming for improving resilience to changing climate in urban environment. Subjects of these projects include urban heat island, sea breeze cooling, climate-dependent energy consumption, and integrated urban water and greenery management.

Associate Professor Guan’s research also includes subjects of climate teleconnections, hydrological processes in mountains, agricultural hydrology, carbon sequestration, and contaminated water and soil remediation.


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