Curiosity Correspondent and Outreach Coordinator 

phone (617) 902-0993
email fhusain@mit.edu

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E25-608, 45 Carleton Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
USA

 

Bio

2018-present– Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
2017-2018–
M.S., Graduate Program in Science Writing, MIT
2013-2017–
Sc.B. with Honors, Geology-Chemistry (Organic), Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
2010-2013–
Associate’s Degree, General Studies, Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, Iowa

Research

In my research, I want to decipher the histories preserved in naturally-occurring chemical compounds to improve our understanding of our Earth system — knowledge that may then be eventually applied to studies of other planetary systems. In order to learn how to effectively communicate scientific research, I earned M.S. in science writing here at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I aspire to a career pursuing cutting-edge geochemical and environmental research while continuing to address science skepticism.

In the lab, I’m most interested in the study of lipid biomarkers in organic geochemistry. In the past, I’ve focused on lacustrine long-chain alkenones and branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether lipids, which I used to reconstruct the Holocene climate history of northern Alaska. In the Summons Lab, I am working on reconstructing the climate history of Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania using archeological sediments with Ainara Sistiaga. I also conduct science outreach activities around the Northeast as well as write news articles for the Summons Lab and EAPS News.

Outside of my studies and research, I’ve interned at PBS NOVA where I wrote articles and produced digital videos, and I’ve interned at MIT News, where I wrote profiles highlighting MIT graduate and undergraduate students. When I’m not in the lab, I work at the MIT Museum as a Curiosity Correspondent, where I create digital video content for 50,000+ primary and secondary school students worldwide.

Select Publications

My work for MIT News, EAPS News, PBS NOVA, the MIT Slice of Life Blog, and NOVA Next.

HUSAIN, Fatima, LONGO, William M., DANIELS, William, RUSSELL, James M., GIBLIN, Anne E. and HUANG, Yongsong. A 10,000 Year Record of Arctic Temperature Variability During the Holocene Inferred from Lipid Biomarkers in Lacustrine Sediments from Northern Alaska: Abstract 69-19 presented at the Joint 52nd Northeastern Annual Section / 51st North Central Annual Section Meeting, GSA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 19-21 March 2017. https://doi.org/10.1130/abs/2017NE-291520.

HUSAIN, Fatima, LONGO, William M., DANIELS, William, RUSSELL, James M., GIBLIN, Anne E. and HUANG, Yongsong.  High-resolution 10,000-year temperature reconstructions from Lake Fog2, northern Alaska: Final Paper Number PP31E-1539 to be presented at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 10-14 December 2018.

HUSAIN, Fatima, SERRATO MARKS, Gabriela. Learn Locally: Showcasing Local Scientific Research through Scientist-Science Writer Collaborations: Final Paper Number PA11J-0955 to be presented at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., 10-14 December 2018.