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Allison Franzese

Allison Franzese is an Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences Department at Hostos Community College. As a member of the Physical Sciences unit, she teaches courses in General Chemistry and Environmental Science. Allison also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, where she conducts research using geochemical tools to study past ocean and atmospheric circulation patterns and their role in global climate change. Her primary area of research is the Agulhas Current System, and she has been actively engaged in the international Agulhas research community. Allison gave an invited talk at a special session on the Agulhas Current System at the 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and she also presented her research at the AGU Chapman Conference on The Agulhas System, held in South Africa in 2012. Prior to her appointment at Hostos Community College, Allison was a Science Fellow in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University, where she taught “Frontiers of Science,” which is an interdisciplinary course that serves as the science backbone of Columbia University’s Core Curriculum. She was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University and earned her PhD from the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University in 2008.