DR. KARIN ARDON-DRYER
Co-Chair of Member Events
Karin Ardon-Dryer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the Atmospheric Science Group at Texas Tech University. Karin research combines field and laboratory work that investigates the interaction between human and climate; exploring the human effects on climate, and vice versa, namely, how climate may affect our lives e.g. health impact using an interdisciplinary approach that observes the effect of air pollution particles on health at a single-cell level. Before joining TTU she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and later a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of System Biology at Harvard Medical School at Harvard University. Dr. Ardon-Dryer received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the Department of Geophysics, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, and the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
DR. MONA BEHL
Co-Chair of Professional Development
Mona serves as the associate director of NOAA's Sea Grant Program at the University of Georgia, where she also holds public service and academic appointments. She is responsible for providing administrative and financial leadership to Georgia Sea Grant that includes developing the program’s strategic plan, directing its research and education portfolios, building partnerships, and demonstrating the relevance and impact of Sea Grant’s work in Georgia. Mona is a national award-winning teacher, who co-led the development of Sea Grant's 10-year diversity, equity and inclusion vision, and is the founding member of the American Meteorological Society’s Early Career Leadership Academy. She earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics (Honors) from Panjab University, India; and Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Florida State University, USA.
DR. REHEMAT BHATIA
Co-Chair of Member Events
Rehemat has been exploring research council life in the UK over the past few years. Up til very recently she facilitated panels and peer review for various environmental science themed funding calls. Currently she is adventuring in the world of strategy and planning. Outside of her work life, Rehemat loves taking part in science outreach activities, talking to the public and school/community groups about the awesomeness of earth & ocean sciences and foraminifera. Rehemat received her PhD in Earth Sciences from University College London. Her research focused on using the geochemistry of deep time planktic foraminifera to understand more about their palaeoecologies and responses to dramatic climate change. Rehemat also holds an MSci in Geoscience from Royal Holloway (University of London).
DR. LANGLEY DEWITT
Co-Chair of Member Engagement
Langley is the director of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Project. For the IGAC Project, she facilitates international collaboration on atmospheric chemistry to advance the field towards a sustainable world. She also coordinates regional working groups in areas with a growing field of atmospheric chemistry to develop intraregional networks and connect scientists in these regions to the global scientific community. Langley has worked as a consultant air monitoring specialist for industry in the Houston area, helped establish a climate observatory and air quality monitoring network in Rwanda, and worked on air quality and tropospheric atmospheric chemistry issues in France and the US. Her PhD is from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry, with a focus on astrobiology, and her B.S. is from Furman University in Chemistry and English.
DR. MAURA HAHNENBERGER
Co-Chair of Communications
Maura is an Assistant Professor in the Geosciences Department at Salt Lake Community College, where she teaches and advises in the Atmospheric Sciences and Geography programs in both face to face and online settings. Maura is the founder of the WaterGirls outreach program which provides middle school girls with field experiences conducting water science. She also serves on the boards of the Utah Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the SLCC Chapter of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network. Her research and teaching interests center around natural and human-caused environmental hazards including dust storms, air pollution, and hazardous weather. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Utah studying dust storms in the eastern Great Basin of Utah.
DR. MIMI HUGHES
Co-Chair of Member Engagement
Mimi is a Research Meteorologist in the hydrometeorology modeling and applications team of NOAA's Physical Sciences Laboratory. Mimi's research focuses on improving our understanding of the physical processes that control precipitation and water resources in both current climate and in climate projections, especially in the western United States. Mimi has a dual B.S. in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and a M.S. and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles.
DR. ANNE KELLERMAN
Co-chair of Member Engagement
Anne is a research scientist in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science at Florida State University. Her research centers on the molecular-level composition of dissolved organic matter, particularly the interplay between composition and environmental controls on organic matter persistence across aquatic gradients, and linking molecular-level indicators to source and land-use change. She received her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her Ph.D. in Limnology and Aquatic Biogeochemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden.