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Elise Wilbourn
Elise Wilbourn
Eller O&M 522

Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 522 MS 3146 
College Station, Texas 77843


B.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014

PhD Texas A&M University, In Progress


Webber Scholarship- 2016-2017

Louis & Elizabeth Scherck Scholarship- 2015-2016

Sharp Graduate Scholarship- 2014-2015


OCNG 252, Oceanography Lab

Elise Wilbourn

Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Biological oceanography
  • Impacts of phytoplankton as ice nucleating particles

My work looks at the ability of diatoms and other phytoplankton to act as atmospheric ice nucleating particles. This has included laboratory measurements of INP ability using Thalassiosira weissflogii. I am also participating in the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES) to determine if in-situ sea surface microlayer aerosols contain particles with strong INP abilities.

Selected Publications

Marine sources of ice nucleating particles: results from phytoplankton cultures and samples collected at sea

Poster, AGU Fall Meeting 2016

Ability of diatoms to raise droplet freezing temperature during ice cloud formation

Poster, TAMU Student Research Week 2015

Additional Information

AdvisorDr. Daniel Thornton
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