Adam Maloof — Professor of Geosciences

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Professor Adam Maloof founded the Princeton Grinder Lab in 2013. His research group’s current focus involves using sedimentary and volcanic rocks to extract information about Earth’s ancient magnetic field and the relative motion of continents, perturbations to the global carbon cycle, and the coevolution of life and climate.

Akshay Mehra — Graduate Student

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Akshay Mehra is a doctoral student in Princeton Geosciences working with Adam Maloof on GIRI. He came to Princeton with a background in architecture and remote sensing. His research utilizes GIRI to produce accurate reconstructions and scientific visualizations of ancient life from fossils embedded in various samples.

Ryan Manzuk — Graduate Student


Ryan Manzuk is a doctoral student in Adam Maloof’s lab, coming to the group with experience in paleobiology. The main focus of his research is the anatomical reconstruction of fossil organisms through the use of GIRI, along with the collection of field data concerning environmental and climactic proxies. With these tools, Ryan looks to accurately reconstruct ancient organisms and their surrounding environments, providing insights to taxonomy, evolution, and ecology.


Alex Spatzier — Grinder Lab Scientist

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Alex Spatzier is an architectural designer in Oakland, California working on a variety of residential design projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He has an M.Arch from UC Berkeley where he now teaches architectural studio courses and a BA in Physics and Math from Oberlin College. He was the co-editor of UC Berkeley’s architecture journal Room One Thousand Issue 5: Timeless (2017) and is now a member of the journal’s advisory board. Most recently he worked on Professor Andrew Atwood’s forthcoming book Not Interesting: On The Limits of Criticism in Architecture. He has worked for a number of firms including First Office, NEMESTUDIO, David Milling Architects, and Sidell Pakravan Architects.

Before attending architecture school, Alex worked on a number of astrophysics research projects at Oberlin College and the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. After graduating he was the grinder lab scientist in its inaugural year, working closely with Situ Studio, Adam Maloof, and Akshay Mehra to produce early technical research results.

Recently he has worked on a variety of speculative projects combining his interests in physical phenomena with architecture including temporary pneumatic pavilions, lightweight confessional booths for Burning Man, radio frequency isolation pavilions, diffuse light coloration, and most recently adapting Swedish Platform Framing for California’s seismic code standards.