Evan Coleman holds a PhD in Theoretical High-Energy Physics from Stanford University. During his doctoral studies, he developed computational frameworks for the study of quantum gravity in inflationary universes. In his undergraduate years at Brown University, he contributed to the CMS Experiment at CERN, where he worked on precision top quark property measurements and optimized the design performance of future collision detectors.
While at Stanford, Evan's interest in climate and sustainability efforts grew out of his supplementary coursework, as well as his regular volunteer work at the Stanford Educational Farm. His main research with the Consortium targets terrestrial sinks of carbon — soils and biomass — for measurement and enhancement of their atmospheric carbon sequestration potential. Evan is developing scalable procedures which can rigorously budget the carbon distributed among natural systems on our planet, with an overarching mission to better enable carbon marketplaces to represent the true economic value which is extracted in climate change mitigation efforts. In this vein, Evan combines hardware, software, and physics modeling expertise to develop sensible measures for soil carbon sequestration, both in rates and sum totals. These include, for example, the application of NMR, spectral unmixing techniques, and hyperspectral Earth observation data to deploy physics-based, ML-accelerated systems for tracking the organic and inorganic carbon content of soil.
In parallel with his research efforts, one of Evan’s major goals as an Impact Fellow is to help Consortium members anticipate the scientific and regulatory future they face in carbon marketplaces, and maximize their first-mover advantage as they work to achieve their climate and sustainability targets.