Leadership Board

Read more about ESWN’s beginnings and history at Who We Are. (All Board Members serve in their personal capacity and do not represent their employers.)

MeredithHastings_croppedMeredith Hastings (President) is an associate professor at Brown University in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. Her research focuses on the reactive nitrogen cycle, with interests ranging from air quality to the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen in the earth system via formation of nitric acid (or nitrate), a major component of acid rain and a source of biologically available nitrogen. Meredith has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and Chemistry from University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Geosciences from Princeton.

Melissa Burt (Vice President) is a research scientist at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on the interactions of Arctic clouds, radiation, and sea ice, with interests ranging from cloud-radiation feedbacks, hydrological and energy cycles in climate, and climate change feedbacks. Melissa also serves as the Education and Diversity Manager in the College of Engineering and Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University working to improve and increase diversity in STEM by designing programs to encourage participation, and increase access and retention for members of historically underrepresented groups. Melissa has a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Millersville University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State.

Christine Wiedinmyer (Secretary) is the Associate Director for Science at CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences), overseeing the science portfolio of CU Boulder’s largest research institute with a focus on managing research in service to NOAA.  Christine’s research emphasizes the identification and quantification of various emission sources and determining the transport and fate of pollutants in the atmosphere with models and observations. Her research interests include evaluating ways in which climate, technology, and policy impact air quality. Christine is the 2014 Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Sciences from the American Meteorological Society. She received her B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Tracey Holloway (Treasurer) is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Tracey is Leader of the 2016-19 NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Science Team and a 2016-17 AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellow to promote public engagement by scientists. Her research applies satellite data and computer models to address policy-relevant issues in air quality. Tracey has a Bachelors degree in Applied Math from Brown University and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University.

Manda Adams  is the Program Director of Education and Cross-Discipline Activities for the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation. She is a mesoscale modeler by background with research interests in phenomena that are strongly forced by boundary layer processes and topography. She has a particular interest in research questions that lie at the intersection of energy and atmospheric science. Manda maintains a research faculty position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has a Bachelors degree in Meteorology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Masters and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 

13221095_10101183284560054_5585195101597736769_nRebecca Barnes is an assistant professor at Colorado College in the Environmental Program. Her research examines the role of disturbance (fire, warming, land use change, atmospheric deposition) and ecosystem variability on biogeochemical cycling, with a focus on nitrogen and carbon cycling at the terrestrial-aquatic interface. Becca has a BA in Geology from Oberlin College, a M.S in Environmental Science and M.P.A. in Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management from Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Ph.D. in Forestry & Environmental Studies from Yale University.

AsmeretAsmeret Asefaw Berhe is an associate professor of soil biogeochemistry in the School of Natural Resources at the University of California, Merced. Her research primarily focuses on biogeochemical cycling of essential elements (esp. carbon and nitrogen) in the soil system and how physical perturbations in the environment (ex. erosion, fire, changes in climate) affects stability and mechanisms of stabilization of soil organic matter. Asmeret has a BSc in Soil & Water Conservation from the University of Asmara, a M.Sc. in Resource Development from Michigan State, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management from UC-Berkeley.

Emily Fischer is an atmospheric chemist interested in how air pollutants are transported around the globe and how the atmosphere’s self-cleansing capacity will respond to climate change.  Emily is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. She has a Bachelors degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of British Columbia, a Masters in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire, and PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington.

MauraHahnenberger_headshot_cropMaura Hahnenberger 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.

Melanie Harrison Okoro is an environmental scientist at the NMelanie Okoroational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Her major research interests include understanding biogeochemical processes (flux and pools of nitrogen and phosphorus) in alluvial wetlands and aquatic ecosystems across landscapes. Melanie’s current interest also include topics related to ecosystem level impacts of pollutants on water resource and natural resource management. She has a B.S. degree in Biology from Johnson C. Smith University and a Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Melanie is currently on faculty as a LEO Lecturer teaching General Ecology at the University of Michigan.

Rachel Licker is a senior climate scientist with the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, Dr. Licker communicates climate science to policymakers, the public, and the media. Prior to her current position, Rachel was a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and carried out research on the effects of climate on human migration while at a postdoc at Princeton University. Her research interests also span the effects of climate and social factors on global and regional crop production. She holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a M.S. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden.

Erika Marín-Spiotta is an associate professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research addresses biogeochemical and ecological effects of landscape disturbance and shifts in biodiversity due to changes in land use and climate, with a focus on terrestrial carbon cycling. Erika is a recipient of the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring from the American Geophysical Union. She has a B.S. degree in Biology (with a minor in Political Science) from Stanford University and a PhD in Ecosystem Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Aisha Morris is an Education Specialist and the Director of the Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS) internship program managed by UNAVCO. Aisha’s primary area of focus is crafting strategies for attracting, training, and retaining the diverse geoscience workforce of the future. In her current position, Aisha is responsible for UNAVCO’s Geo-Workforce Development Initiative, including managing undergraduate and graduate student internship programs and supporting early career professionals as they transition into the geoscience workforce. Aisha’s graduate and postdoctoral research interests focused on the geology and evolution of volcanic terrains on Earth and terrestrial planets. Aisha earned her B.Sc. in Geology from Duke University and both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


 Former Board Members

Agatha DeBoerAgatha de Boer is an Associate Professor in Physical Oceanography in the Department of Geological Sciences and the Bolin Center for Climate Research at Stockholm University. Her research is focused around the dynamics of the large scale ocean circulation and its interaction with climate, now and in the past. For more information, please see http://people.su.se/~adebo.


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Arlene Fiore is an Associate Professor of Ocean Climate Physics at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Her research is focused on advancing our understanding of how anthropogenic and natural pollutant emissions influence atmospheric chemistry, climate, and regional air pollution and how atmospheric composition and air quality respond to change in climate (http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~amfiore/). Arlene was a co-founder of ESWN.

Mirjam Glessmer works at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Hamburg University of Technology in Germany. She focuses on understanding how student learning can be supported and on working with professors to improve their teaching. Previously, Mirjam was a Postdoc at the Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics Division of the University of Bergen, studying how the variability of salt input from the Atlantic Ocean shapes the Nordic Seas freshwatercontent. Her research focused on freshwater budgets of the Nordic Seas. Besides doing science, Mirjam is teaching several ocean education-related workshops and writes the blog “Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching” at mirjamsophiaglessmer.wordpress.com/.


Galen McKinley is an Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is an oceanographer and carbon cycle scientist. Her research focuses on the physical, biological and chemical drivers of the oceanic sink for anthropogenic CO2. She also studies the physics and carbon cycle of the Great Lakes, for more information see mckinley.aos.wisc.edu.

Carmen picCarmen Rodriguez is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Miami in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  For her PhD, she studied the effects of ocean acidification on chemical reactions in seawater.  She also examined the effects of changing pH on chemical speciation in seawater, and uptake of CO2 over time.  She is also interested in modeling chemical properties of natural waters.

amanda staudtAmanda Staudt is the director of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and the Polar Research Board (PRB) at the National Academy of Sciences. She works with the nation’s leading scientific experts to bring their knowledge to bear on government decision making and to make science accessible to non-expert audiences. Amanda was a co-founder of ESWN.

Allison Steiner is an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science  and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. She is an atmospheric scientist who studies the role of the biosphere in atmospheric chemistry and climate. Steiner earned a 2013 Henry Russel Award, the highest honor bestowed upon early-career faculty by University of Michigan.


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