Caroline A. Masiello is an associate professor in the earth science and chemistry departments at Rice University. She is a biogeochemist interested in the processes that control decadal and centennial-scale carbon fluxes through the earth system. Her work includes both basic science directed at improving the understanding of controls on earth system carbon fluxes and applied science directed at managing C fluxes to mitigate climate. She founded the Rice Biochar Group, a group of Rice faculty, postdocs, students and community members researching problems related to the implementation of biochar carbon sequestration.
Masiello received a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., in 1991 and an M.S. in environmental science and engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. She continued her studies at the University of California, Irvine, where she received an M.S. in physical chemistry in 1996 and a Ph.D. in earth system science in 1999. She completed her postdoctoral work at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and as an AAUW fellow co-hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara and the California Institute of Technology.