EARTH SCIENCE WOMEN'S NETWORK

Associate Board of Directors

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.

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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 is a Programme Manager at a research council in the UK. Her portfolio comprises of facilitating panels and peer review for environmental science themed funding calls. 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).

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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. CLAIRE GRIFFIN

Co-Chair of Communications

Claire is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Virginia Environmental Resilience Institute and Department of Environmental Sciences. Her research examines biogeochemical impacts of climate change and human action on land-water connections, particularly in the Arctic. She received her B.A. in Geography at Clark University, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Marine Sciences.

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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

Dr. Mimi Hughes 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.

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DR. ANNE KELLERMAN

Co-Chair of Partnerships

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.

DR. MAYRA OYOLA-MERCED

Co-Chair of Partnerships

Dr. Mayra Oyola-Merced is currently an Atmospheric and Ionospheric Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, working on radio occultation systems for atmospheric characterization and Climate monitoring. She also serves as the Deputy Director of the International GNSS Service Central Bureau (GNSS stands for Global Navigation Space Systems) which sits at JPL, where she oversees a federation of over 250 international organizations advocating for GNSS research and applications. She is a representative to the International Association of Geodesy Inter-Commission Committee on Climate Research, a representative to the World Data Service, and a member of the United States Delegation for the International Committee on GNSS in the United Nations. Oyola’s graduate level research focused on both field and computational research, most notably, spending over 200 days at sea on NOAA vessels and becoming a visiting scientist at both the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center and SUNY-Albany. Oyola continued her career as a Postdoc in the U.S Naval Research Laboratory, where she worked on satellite data assimilation for Numerical Weather Prediction and atmospheric correction for directed energy applications. Oyola-Merced graduated with a Ph.D. (2015) Atmospheric Sciences from Howard University and a B.S. (2009) in Theoretical Physics from University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

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MOLLY PAUL

Chair of Development

Molly is an isotope geochemist and geochronologist. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University where her research lies at the intersection of tectonics, mantle petrology, and sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) evolution. She is particularly focused on understanding the timing of metasomatism, sources of metasomatic fluid, and tectonic history of the SCLM of the Kaapvaal Craton of southern Africa by investigating kimberlite mantle xenoliths. Additionally, she is interested in developing novel analytical tools for geochemists. Molly has a Geological Sciences B.S. and Chemistry B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was honored as a Chancellor’s Science Scholar.

Past Board Members

Dr. Amanda Adams
Dr. Amanda Adams
Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
Dr. Rebecca Barnes
Dr. Rebecca Barnes
Dr. Agatha DeBoer
Dr. Agatha DeBoer
Dr. Mirjam Glessmer
Dr. Mirjam Glessmer
Dr. Arlene Fiore
Dr. Arlene Fiore
Dr. Emily Fischer
Dr. Emily Fischer
Dr. Melanie Harrison Okoro
Dr. Melanie Harrison Okoro
Dr. Tracey Holloway
Dr. Tracey Holloway
Dr. Rachel Licker
Dr. Rachel Licker
Dr. Erika Marín-Spiotta
Dr. Erika Marín-Spiotta
Dr. Galen McKinley
Dr. Galen McKinley
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Dr. Aisha Morris
Dr. Carmen Rodriguez
Dr. Carmen Rodriguez
Dr. Emily Smith
Dr. Emily Smith
Dr. Amanda Staudt
Dr. Amanda Staudt
Dr. Allison Steiner
Dr. Allison Steiner