Paul is a graduate student in the Department of Earth and Space Science and the Astrobiology Program, working under Dale Winebrenner in the PSC. He is interested in the habitability of subglacial lakes in Antarctica. His work, pertaining to radioglaciology, uses radio waves in a new way to understand temperature distributions in ice to recognize where melting occurs. His research is driven by the possibility of microbial and animal life in these subglacial lakes. He hopes one day to probe them.
Paul graduated with a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2013. He spent an extra year there, under scholarship, studying life’s effects on the evolution of the Earth and the atmosphere. During this time he studied coronal mass ejections and the Sun’s activity back to the formation of the Earth.