Where Are They Now?

Posted on Dec 11, 2013

Wonder where they went after they left MIT? Here are the current placements of a number of recent Summons lab alumni over the last few years. To see more, head over to the Alumni page.


Jake Waldbauer, a former graduate student, is now Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. There’s a short piece about his arrival at Chicago here, and he’s quoted in this piece in Chicago’s university magazine. You can find his contact details in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences faculty directory.


Paula Welander, a former postdoc, is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University. There’s an article about her here, and her lab website here.




Alex Bradley, a former graduate student, is now Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. You can find his lab website here, including this nice description of his work. You can also keep up with him on Twitter.


Amy Kelly, former graduate student, is now Geochemist/Basin Modeller at Shell International Exploration and Production. She also teaches at the University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.





Phoebe Cohen, onetime Summons lab postdoc and Education/Public Outreach Lead for the NASA Astrobiology Institute team headquartered at MIT, is now Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. You can read about her work in the Berkshire Eagle (a newspaper of record for Western Massachusetts) here, and check out her lab website here. Phoebe also won the 2012 Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award. You can hear her talking about chasing rocks and bears in her Story Collider podcast episode.


Christian Hallmann is a former postdoc who now leads the Organic Paleobiogeochemistry Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry at Jena; Chris also holds a joint appointment as Staff Scientist at MARUM in Bremen. You can visit his group’s website here and his webpage at MARUM here.