EARTH SCIENCE WOMEN'S NETWORK

LEADERSHIP BOARD

DR. MEREDITH HASTINGS

PRESIDENT

Meredith 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.

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DR. MELISSA BURT

VICE PRESIDENT

Melissa is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University. In this position, Melissa leads the strategic planning and implementation efforts for diversity, inclusion and equity goals across the College, and has an active role in university-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives.  In particular, she works with College faculty, staff and students to foster an inclusive climate for diversity in the college. Melissa has a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Millersville University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University.

DR. CHRISTINE WIEDINMYER

SECRETARY

Christine is the Associate Director for Science at CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences), overseeing the science portfolio of the University of Colorado Boulder’s largest research institute with a focus on managing research in service to NOAA.  Christine’s personal research focuses on 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 and is a 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. 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.

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DR. TRACEY HOLLOWAY

TREASURER

Tracey 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.

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DR. MANDA ADAMS

BOARD MEMBER

Manda 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.

DR. REBECCA BARNES

BOARD MEMBER

Becca is an assistant professor at Colorado College in the Environmental Studies Program. Her research examines the role of disturbance (fire, warming, land use change, atmospheric deposition) and ecosystem variability on biogeochemistry, 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.

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DR. ASMERET ASEFAW BERHE

BOARD MEMBER

Asmeret 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.

DR. MAURA HAHNENBERGER

BOARD MEMBER

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.

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DR. MELANIE HARRISON OKORO

BOARD MEMBER

Melanie is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Principal of Eco-Alpha Environmental and Engineering Services. Dr. Okoro has more than 15 years experience in the natural resource protection, water management and environmental stewardship field. Prior to her current position, Melanie worked in a variety of advisory and coordinator positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Sacramento, California overseeing the West Coast Region's water quality and aquatic invasive species impacts to threatened and endangered species, Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultations and regulatory decisions. 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.

DR. RACHEL LICKER

BOARD MEMBER

Rachel 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.

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DR. ERIKA MARÍN-SPIOTTA

BOARD MEMBER

Erika 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. Erika is currently lead principal investigator of ADVANCEGeo, a partnership among ESWN, the Association for Women Geoscientists and the American Geophysical Union to improve workplace climate in the geosciences through development of bystander intervention and research ethics training. 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.

DR. AISHA MORRIS

BOARD MEMBER

Aisha is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Earth Science Division (Education and Human Resources). Aisha’s primary area of interest is crafting strategies for attracting, preparing, and retaining the diverse geoscience workforce of the future through student support and cultural change. Prior to joining NSF, she was a AAAS/AGI Congressional Science Fellow in the office of Rep. Rush D. Holt and most recently served as Director of the Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS) internship program managed by UNAVCO. Aisha’s graduate and postdoctoral research interests focused on the geology and evolution of volcanic terrains on Earth and terrestrial planets, and she still maintains a fascination with volcanoes and space exploration. 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.

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