Cynthia Garcia-Eidell

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences 
University of Illinois at Chicago

About Me

Hi! My name is Cynthia Garcia-Eidell

I am a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am an ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellow, Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 2022 Finalist, and a member of the Atmosphere, Climate, and Ecosystems Lab group, led by Prof. Max Berkelhammer.

My research focuses on understanding carbon cycle changes along the coastal margins of our planet. I use satellite datasets  to help improve our understanding of the roles of ocean, land, and atmosphere interactions on such changes. By understanding large-scale coastal couplings and their mechanistic links, we can help assess how the terrestrial and marine carbon sinks may act in tandem with one another to mitigate the buildup of carbon dioxide.

Ph.D. Earth & Environmental Sciences (2018-Expected 2022) University of Illinois at Chicago, U.S.A.

M. Eng. Environmental Engineering (2010-2012)

Catholic University of Korea, South Korea

B.S. Biology (2003-2007) 

University of the Philippines, Philippines

Prof. Cert. Data Management and Analytics (2017)

Illinois Institute of Technology, U.S.A.


Past Roles


January 2018 - Present

Research /Teaching Assistant

University of Illinois at Chicago

Processes near-real time environmental data from the Array of Things Project in the City of Chicago; and Mentoring and development of data analysis tools for UIC undergraduate learners studying urban atmosphere, climate, and contamination.

Led weekly laboratory classes on Global Environmental Change (EaES 101) and

Earth Systems (EaES 285)


June 2019 - August 2020

Natural Resource Specialist Intern,

DOI-Bureau of Land Management

Using high-resolution NAIP imagery and deep learning techniques, produce and operationalize agency-wide methodology to map surface disturbance due to oil and gas in public lands; Perform post-classification change detection analysis to quantify disturbance through time; Review and help finalize policy documents for distribution to field offices.


August 2015 - December 2017

Visiting Scientist (Code 615),

Goddard Space Flight Center 

Analyzed sea surface salinity (SSS) measurements from Aquarius, Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS), and Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) in polar oceans; Produced polar-gridded SSS products (; Performed validation and calibration studies using quality-controlled in-situ data


July 2007 - July 2015

Science Legislative Researcher and Projects Manager

Office of Sen. Edgardo Angara


Prepared research materials for the Senate Ctte on Science and Technology and the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering, which pushed for the passage of the Biofuels Act, Technology Transfer Law, Renewable Energy law, Data Privacy, among others.

Managed national and local programs on sustainable development and environmental protection. Examples of projects successfully implemented include establishment of a Marine Research and Breeding Center in the Province of Aurora; and Planning and implementation of the e-Village Project, which improved farmers’ and fisherfolks’ access to market and weather information, thereby enhancing productivity, increasing family income, and improving quality of life in the community.


September 2010 - October 2012

Research Assistant

Catholic University of Korea  

Assisted in research projects on biofuels, wastewater treatment technologies, and precision farming of Prof. Young-Jun Kim in South Korea and the Philippines; and Lead lab activities on Bioenergy Engineering and Environmental Toxicology in English and Korean.


Publications and Presentations


Garcia-Eidell, C., J.C. Comiso, M. Berkelhammer, and L. Stock. (2021). Interrelationships of Sea Surface Salinity, Chlorophyll-a Concentration, and Sea Surface Temperature Near the Antarctic Ice Edge. J. Climate,


Garcia-Eidell, C., IllinoisX Space Technology Talks: Please don’t pass the salt: Progress on ocean salinity monitoring from space. Presentation on 14 April 2021.

Ritter, F., Berkelhammer, M. & Garcia-Eidell, C. (2020). Distinct response of gross primary productivity in five terrestrial biomes to precipitation variability. Commun Earth Environ 1, 34 .

Crable, F., C. Garcia-Eidell, T. Ewa, H. Raziuddin, S. Umar (2020), Once again into the Northwest Passage, Eos, 101,

Garcia-Eidell, C., J. C. Comiso, E. Dinnat, L. Brucker (2019). Sea surface salinity distribution in the Southern Ocean as observed from space. J.G.R. Oceans,

Garcia-Eidell, C., J. C. Comiso, E. Dinnat, L. Brucker. Sea surface salinity distribution in the Southern Ocean as observed from space. Poster presented at: AGU Fall 2018 Meeting; 10-14 December 2018; Washington, D.C.

Garcia-Eidell, C., J. C. Comiso, E. Dinnat, L. Brucker (2017). Satellite observed salinity distributions at high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere: A comparison of four products, J.G.R. Oceans, 122,

Garcia, C. & Y.J. Kim. Studies on bioenergy status and the potential of algae-derived biodiesel in the Philippines. Poster presented at: 10th Chongqing China High-tech Meeting; 12-15 April 2012; Chongqing, P.R.C.

Garcia, C., S. Ganchua, M. Parungao. Probiotic activities of microorganisms isolated from two coffea arabica wine preparations: berries and roasted ground beans inoculated with saccharomyces cerevisiae and lactobacillus plantarum. Poster presented at: 36th Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting of Philippine Society for Microbiology, Inc. 7-8 May, 2007; Manila, Philippines. 


Contact Me


         Twitter: @ching_garcia


  Mailing Address:


Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,

University of Illinois at Chicago,

2446 SES (m/c 186), 845 W. Taylor St, Chicago IL, 60607