Steven J. Fletcher

Nonlinear Geophysics



Research Scientist III, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 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.

As a British person living and working in the United States I have built up relationships across many different international institutions and organizations. I have been part of organizing a very successful session at the Fall Meeting where we strive to attract international speakers as well as diverse invited speakers. I would take these connections to make Nonlinear Geophysics (NG) to feel as a welcoming section for future AGU leaders.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Have served 10 years as the Nonlinear Geophysics’ Fall Meeting Planning Committee member; Have volunteered on the Turcotte Award committee in NG, as well as the last 4 years on the Lorenz Lecture committee; Volunteered as the Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA) coordinator for NG the last 5 years.


This leadership position is a liaison role; it is one that aims to catalyze community and build AGU as envisioned by the strategic plan. How will you engage with members of your section to advance AGU’s strategic plan? How will you facilitate engagement with other sections and people outside AGU to support our mission?

This is my tenth year as the Nonlinear Geophysics’ Fall Meeting Program Committee representative where I have built many strong relationships with the different sections of that time. Many of the representatives are current Council members or are also running and as such I would build on these relationships from the Program Committee to the Council. As a mathematician working in numerical weather prediction I have built many relationships between mathematicians and atmospheric scientists, where this year I am part of the hosting team of the International Symposium on Data Assimilation being hosted at Colorado State University that is bringing people from all science disciplines together to advance our understanding of data assimilation. I would build from these connections at the meeting to bring these people to NG and to AGU as a whole.

The Fall Meeting is the best time to engage with the NG membership to bring them up to date at the reception of the state of the section as well as the Union as a whole, but also at the annual meetings I would make myself available to discuss concerns that members have to bring them to council for discussion. I would ensure that there is a regular newsletter to keep the membership informed and work with the secretary to ensure that the section website is up to date.

Section affiliations:

Atmospheric Sciences; Nonlinear Geophysics