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Meredith is a 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, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Dean, Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University, November 4, 2019



Melissa is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Atmospheric Science and Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University. Her research spans the intersection of atmospheric science and social justice issues. Dr. Burt also focuses on recruitment, retention, and engagement of faculty/staff, and supports the college-wide recruitment and retention efforts of students and is committed to fostering an inclusive College environment. 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.



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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Silvia Newell is a Professor at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She has worked on biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen in aquatic environments from the Gulf of Mexico and the Arabian Sea to Lakes Erie and Taihu. Currently, her work at Wright State focuses on nitrogen as a driver of harmful algal blooms in eutrophic Lake Erie, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Taihu (China), and Estonian lakes, as well as local research on Ohio wetlands through the H2Ohio program. She is currently the President of the Lake Erie Area Research network and was also the co-Chair of the Great Lakes HABs Collaborative from 2018-2020. She earned her Bachelor’s from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Geosciences from Princeton University, followed by a postdoc at Boston University.