University of Washington

Ecoclimate Lab


Abigail L. S. Swann

Assistant Professor

Abby is an assistant professor in both the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Biology

Abby’s CV [PDF].

Abby’s Google Scholar Profile.

contact: aswann (at) atmos (dot) washington (dot) edu

Elizabeth Garcia

Postdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth is working on the large-scale climate impacts of tree mortality across North America and the Amazon.

contact: esgarcia (at) u (dot) washington (dot) edu

Jennifer Hsiao

Graduate Student


Marlies Kovenock

Graduate Student

Marlies is studying how plant structural acclimation (adjustments in plant shape) to future climate conditions will modify the biological, physical and chemical influences of vegetation on regional and global climate. The overarching goal of her research is to better constrain future climate predictions by advancing our understanding of plant-climate interactions.

contact: kovenock (at) uw (dot) edu

Marysa Laguë

Graduate Student

Marysa studies how large changes in vegetation can modify the global climate, and how the climate response scales with the total area of vegetation changed. Using global climate models, she studies how changes in surface parameters such as albedo and water fluxes can modify the global energy budget, driving changes in atmospheric circulation which modify climate both locally and in regions far removed from the initial vegetation perturbation through atmospheric teleconnections. 

contact: mlague (at) atmos (dot) washington (dot) edu

Marysa’s website

Gregory Quetin

Graduate Student

Greg is studying how plant growth strategies impact global vegetation distribution and its coupling with the physical climate.  He has a particular interest in where these EcoClimate systems are sensitive to disturbance and the ecological limitations to a future sustainable human society.

contact: gquetin (at) atmos (dot) washington (dot) edu

Greg’s website


Parker Malek, Undergraduate

From left to right: Greg Quetin, Marysa Laguë, Abigail Swann, Marlies Kovenock, Elizabeth Garcia