Professors Matt Law, Jim Randerson and Eric Rignot among most highly cited researchers

Wed, 07/09/2014
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Thomson Reuters
Tatiana Arizaga
School of Physical Sciences Communications

UCI Physical Sciences professors Matt Law, Jim Randerson and Eric Rignot have been named among the world’s most influential researchers by Thomson Reuters. The 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list includes preeminent researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences who have demonstrated exceptional impact in their field as measured by citations to their work.

This list is based on papers published during the 11-year period 2002-2012. Researchers are selected not only for total citations but also for the number of highly cited papers contributed.

“The School of Physical Sciences has remarkable faculty. Having three of our faculty members recognized the top 1% in citation-impact backs up our pride with tangible data,” says Ken Janda, Dean and Professor of the School of Physical Sciences.

Matt Law is assistant professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He develops new nanoscale and Earth-abundant materials for producing electricity and chemical fuels from sunlight.

Jim Randerson is Chancellor’s Professor of Earth System Science. He uses remote sensing data, carbon dioxide observations and Earth system models to study interactions between human activity, ecosystem processes and climate.

Eric Rignot is professor of Earth System Science. He uses satellites, airborne sensors, field data and computer models to understand the dynamics of glacier ice along the coasts of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets as well as in Alaska and Patagonia. His research has documented acceleration of ice loss in these places as a result of climate change.

These 2014 Highly Cited Researchers are considered among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.