2020 AGU ELECTIONS

Natalie Kehrwald

Global Environmental Change

Secretary

Bio

Research Geologist, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado, USA

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

2014-2017 European Geosciences Union (EGU) Climate Division deputy president: co-led the EGU Climate Division annual meeting and organized the climate science program for the EGU Annual Meeting; 2016 National Academy of Sciences, Science and Entertainment Exchange: present research to Hollywood producers “to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines” (http://scienceandentertainmentexchange.org/); 2017 EarthRates Community Priorities and Planning: determining paleorecords community needs and future directions, in regard to the National Science Foundation’s “10 Big Ideas for Future Investments.”

Q&A

As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members to help implement AGU’s new strategic plan including its mission and vision?

The past year has been an incessant demonstration in the importance of science in all of our lives, from the Australian wildfires, to the global pandemic, to the need to address systemic inequality and even the threat of the elusive “murder hornets.” The only way out of these crises is through sharing science. In order to have solutions that truly help everyone, it is essential to ensure that all voices are heard. As the secretary, I will work with the president and president-elect to ensure that all Global Environmental Change sessions and programs contain inclusive representation. Global Environmental Change science often has a direct impact on people’s lives. We will ensure that the science that we share is co-created with communities who are impacted by the science.

Section affiliations:

Atmospheric Sciences; Biogeosciences; Cryosphere Sciences; Global Environmental Change