Sarah Hörst

Planetary Sciences



Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

AGU embraces the global community and welcomes diverse leaders from around the world, representing various identities, voices, and perspectives. List any identities, voices, and perspectives you would bring, including but not limited to nationality, regional representations, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and any other identity you feel comfortable sharing.

I was born and raised in the United States but grew up all over the U.S. in a number of different areas and contexts. The perspectives I was exposed to throughout my childhood and career are one of the reasons I have been working for years to build a more diverse and equitable field.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

AGU College of Fellows Mentoring Committee (2021-Present); Eos Earth and Space Science News Editorial Advisory Board (2017-Present); National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS) (2017-Present); American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (2016-2020); American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences Professional Development Subcommittee (2010-2015)


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 strategic plan including its mission and vision?

One of the most important strategic goals for me is to “promote and exemplify an inclusive scientific culture.” My years of service on both the Professional Development Subcommittee and Professional Climate and Culture Subcommittees of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) taught me so much about what our field needs and best practices for building an inclusive scientific culture. I was involved in the implementation of a number of efforts within DPS and am excited about the possibility of bringing that knowledge to the AGU and also building more bridges between the AGU and DPS planetary science communities.

Section affiliations:

Atmospheric Sciences; Planetary Sciences