About the Academy

AGU LANDInG is leading change in the Earth and space sciences by creating a network of leaders empowered with skills and resources to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their own institutions and across STEM.

In August 2021, AGU welcomed the first cohort of Academy Fellows to AGU LANDInG Academy, a two-year, cohort-based professional development program for current and aspiring DEI leaders in the Earth and space sciences. Out of more than 80 applicants, 12 fellows were accepted through a selection process that focused on mid-career professionals in positions to effect change at U.S.- based academic, academic-adjacent and research institutions.

Fellows of the 2021-2023 cohort will present the results of their leadership projects at AGU Fall Meeting 2023 in San Francisco on 11-15 December 2023. These Fellows have already reported a number of key benefits of participation, including a deeper understanding of DEI science, networking with DEI scholars, and building a community of support for their own leadership.

In September 2023, AGU LANDInG announced its second cohort of Academy Fellows. 2023-2025 Academy Fellows will participate in an orientation summit at AGU headquarters in Washington, D.C.

AGU LANDInG Academy Summit 1 participants listening in on a presentation.

2023-2025 Cohort

Associate Professor of Geology, Delta College

Andrea BairDr. Andrea Bair (she/her/hers) is an associate professor of geology at Delta College, a community college serving the communities of Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw, Michigan. She is broadly interested in cognitive and affective aspects of how people learn science (particularly geosciences), promoting research-based teaching practices in undergraduate STEM, and supporting participation in science for everyone. She was a SAGE2YC Faculty Change Agent (Supporting and Advancing Science Education at 2-Year Colleges), serves as an Earth Educators’ Rendezvous Conference Program Chair for 2023-2024, and currently leads the Pedagogy Committee of Delta College’s Council for Inclusion, Belonging, and Equity. Andrea has long been involved in informal education and K-12 STEM outreach, most recently as faculty coordinator for the STEM Explorer outreach project at Delta College. Andrea is currently working to incorporate undergraduate research experiences relating to regional geo-environmental issues in introductory STEM curriculum through participation in community and citizen science projects.

Dr. Bair’s education background includes a BS in Geology from Michigan State University, a PhD in Geology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (sedimentary geology and vertebrate paleontology), and a post-doctoral science teaching fellowship at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Specialist, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai‘i

Barbara BrunoBarbara Cabezal Bruno is on the faculty of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawai‘i (UH). She also serves as affiliate or graduate faculty with the UH Department of Earth and Planetary Science, College of Education, and Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Bruno spent the first part of her career studying planetary volcanism and applying mathematical methods to better understand volcanic processes on Earth and other planets. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Geological Sciences from Brown University, and Master’s and PhD degrees in Geology and Geophysics from UH. One of her research discoveries is that lava flow margins are fractal, and that lava flow composition and emplacement mechanisms can be deduced by quantifying the shape of the lava flow margin.

In the second part of her career, she developed a strong interest in geoscience education and broadening participation. She now uses the classroom and education programs as a laboratory to conduct geoscience education research. She strives to attract diverse students to the geosciences and create an environment in which everyone can thrive. She is particularly committed to serving students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences.

Dr. Bruno has over 60 publications in the scientific and science education literature. She has raised over $60 million in funding as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator and/or Education Director of awards funded by NSF, NASA, NOAA and private foundations. Her personal interests include stand-up paddling, hiking, camping, and Spanish language and culture.

Associate Professor, Department of Geology & Environmental Science and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Rosemary CapoDr. Rosemary Capo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her BS and MA in geology at the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in geochemistry from UCLA, followed by postdoctoral work at Caltech and JPL. Dr. Capo’s and her students integrate geochemical and isotopic signatures with field investigations, micromorphological observations and controlled laboratory studies to provide insights into the complex interactions between Earth surface processes. Her research areas include understanding the geochemical processes associated with chemical weathering and soil formation as a function of climate, developing innovative applications of geochemical and isotope tracers for environmental monitoring and assessment and examining the chemical evolution of coal mine drainage as well as the recovery of rare earth elements and critical metals from acid mine drainage (AMD) and related remediation solids. She strongly believes that broadening participation in the geosciences is critical to solving the complex issues facing the planet today in an equitable and sustainable way. A first-generation college student, she’s been involved in a range of activities aimed at improving the recruitment, retention, and success of first-generation and other students underrepresented in their disciplines.

Senior Outreach and Education Manager

Sharon Katz CooperSharon Katz Cooper leads a variety of education and outreach programs focused on diversity in the geosciences. She has spent more than 16 years developing and leading outreach programs for the U.S. office of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), including the School of Rock and JR Academy. She first entered this field and learned about IODP when working for the Smithsonian on developing the Sant Ocean Hall, during which she sailed on the very first School of Rock in 2005 and became permanently hooked. Now a full-fledged accidental geologist, she has created and implemented several related NSF-funded programs to encourage students, teachers and the general public to fall in love with STEM and get their minds blown by amazing Earth sciences. She leads the STEMSEAS program (STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships) and is a PI for A-STEP (Ambassadors for STEM Training to Enhance Participation) and All-ABOARD (Alliance-Building Offshore to Achieve Resilience and Diversity). In the other parts of her life, she is a children’s book author, wife, and mom to three boys who keep her on her toes.

Executive Director, Moss Marine Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University

Petra DekensDr. Petra Dekens is a paleoclimatologist whose research has focused on understanding the climate mechanisms that sustained global warmth during the Early Pliocene. She received her BS from UC Santa Cruz, an MESM and MS from UC Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Dekens joined the faculty as an assistant Professor at San Francisco State University in 2007, and served as Department Chair for Earth & Climate Sciences and Interim co-director of the School of the Environment, before joining San Jose State University as the Executive Director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in September of 2023.

Dr. Dekens is an immigrant and first-generation college graduate but recognizes the tremendous privilege she carries as a white cis-gendered able-bodied straight woman. Her deep commitment to creating an inclusive academic environment is rooted in humility and learning through reading, listening, and self-reflection. Dr. Dekens served on the AGU DEI Task Force and Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. At SF State Dr. Dekens advocated for and helped lead the College of Science & Engineering Anti-Racism Task Force. She was also Co-Lead of the Restores Initiative of the NSF Advance funded SF State Transforms project, which created mechanisms to respond to bias related issues that do not rise to the level of official complaints. At Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Dr. Dekens hopes to facilitate a strong sense of belonging for all students and contribute to diversifying the marine science workforce.

Assistant Professor, University of Houston; Co-Principal Investigator, National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM)

Juan Fernandez-DiazFrom a mediocre student in a developing country to Co-PI of an NSF national center, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz has been fortunate to have received special encouragement and support from teachers, mentors and sponsors to pursue his broad interests in science and technology. He is a multidisciplinary research engineer with graduate degrees and experiences in radiofrequency and laser instrumentation applied to telecommunications, remote sensing, mapping and surveying. Juan is a research assistant professor at the University of Houston (UH) and Co-PI of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM). His involvement at NCALM started in 2005 as graduate student and in 2010 became a formal staff member prior completing his PhD. NCALM is partially funded by NSF to provide research quality airborne mapping data (mainly lidar) to geoscientists and the broader research community. Through NCALM Juan has supported hundreds of investigators by collecting airborne data for their research projects, which has ranged from mapping thermoskarst in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica to identifying archaeological settlements under the dense tropical jungles of Mesoamerica. Juan is working to pay forward the support from countless individuals which enabled his path from disadvantaged student to mid-career scholar by developing outreach and service programs for underrepresented and underserved communities at NCALM and UH.

Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Professor of Chemistry and Natural Sciences Area Chair, Hendrix University

Courtney HatchCourtney Hatch received her Ph.D. in Analytical/Atmospheric chemistry at the University of Colorado – Boulder and completed a Cardiovascular Center Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Iowa. At Hendrix College, Courtney has established a nationally recognized research program studying air quality and climate effects of atmospheric aerosols, including engagement of 70% female and underrepresented students in STEM over the past five years. Her work has resulted in numerous invited presentations and peer-reviewed articles and has been supported by over $900,000 in funding. Courtney’s external funding has also supported the development of a popular career discernment program titled EPROACH: Experiences in Professional Research Organizations and Atmospheric Chemistry at Hendrix that connects underrepresented students with scientists at all stages in their government, academic, and industrial careers. As a result, 86% of participants have gone on to graduate programs in the sciences or are currently applying to graduate programs. In an effort to achieve inclusive excellence, Courtney has participated in numerous workshops on inclusive teaching and assessment practices, including the NSF-funded SAGE 2YC project’s workshop at the 2019 fall American Geophysical Union conference titled “Inclusive and effective college science classrooms: Engaging students, designing lessons, and integrating diversity into the curriculum” and the NSF-funded Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences (URGE) program. Currently, Courtney serves as the Natural Sciences Area Chair at Hendrix and holds an endowed professorship that aims to prepare underrepresented undergraduate STEM students for pursuing careers in the geosciences.

Associate Professor, Department of Marine Science, California State University, Monterey Bay

Alison HauptDr. Alison Haupt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Science at California State University, Monterey Bay. Her research lab focuses on answering applied ecological questions that promote improved marine management and conservation by focusing on species and ecosystems confronting anthropogenic stressors such as urbanization, climate change, and fishing pressure. To address questions of applied ecology, her lab uses and applies a wide variety of tools ranging from population genetics to ecological modeling to traditional field ecology. She completed her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. After her Ph.D. Dr. Haupt worked as a postdoc at the Natural Resources Agency in California, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and University of Massachusetts Boston. While at CSUMB, Dr. Haupt has mentored over 60 undergraduate students, many of whom have since pursued careers in the sciences through graduate programs or jobs. At CSUMB, Dr. Haupt is the co-chair of the College of Science DEI committee and serves as the CSUMB representative to the Moss Landing Marine Labs DEI committee.

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Rutgers University

Kristina KeatingDr. Kristina Keating is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. Her research in near surface geophysics seeks to image and understand processes impacting the top 100 m’s of Earth. Her research, which focuses on the NMR method, combines laboratory and field methods to interpret geophysical data with applications spanning critical zone science, hydrogeophysics, cryosphere geophysics, biogeophysics, and soil science. Dr. Keating is actively involved in science education research. She leads the Geophysics of the Near-Surface, and Outdoor Motivational Experiences for Students or GNOMES program which aims to engage students from groups historically marginalized in the geosciences. In 2018 she was awarded the Society of Exploration Geophysics Outstanding Educator award and in 2023 was awarded the Harold Mooney award in recognition of long-term, tireless, and enthusiastic support of the near-surface geophysics community.

Associate Professor, Life and Environmental Sciences Department, University of California, Merced

Sora KimDr. Sora Kim (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Life and Environmental Sciences Department at the University of California, Merced. Her research interests span the Geosciences and Biology using stable isotope analysis. This technique also serves as a gateway to engage students from historically marginalized groups in research. She strives to cultivate agents of change within academic spaces.

Sora received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to a postdoc at the University of Wyoming, she served as the T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. Her recent funding includes a NSF CAREER award to investigate shark macroecology, a NSF Cultural Transformation in the Geoscience Community to establish a Women of Color in the Geosciences (WinG) Collective, and a partnership with Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS) to create the Diversifying Ocean Sciences program.

Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Catherine MacrisCatherine "Cam" Macris is an Associate Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her research focuses on understanding geological and planetary processes that occur under extreme conditions, such as ultra-high temperatures during impact events and intense pressures in deep subduction zones. Through collaborative efforts, Cam has made significant contributions to our understanding of impact melt formation, the evolution of high-temperature melts, and their interactions with flowing gases. Her work has been featured on the Science Channel, and she was honored as the inaugural Peter R. Buseck New Directions in Mineralogy and Petrology Lecturer by the Mineralogical Society of America in 2021–2022.

Beyond her research, Cam is dedicated to fostering belonging, equity, inclusion, justice, and diversity in the geoscience and broader STEM communities. She actively contributes to initiatives at IUPUI and beyond, leading and supporting programs aimed at creating an inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. Examples of her involvement include co-chairing the School of Science Diversity Strategic Planning Task Force, facilitating the IUPUI Equity Champions Program, leading a multi-institution URGE pod, and serving as a founding member of the MSA DEI Committee. Cam is driven by her commitment to students and strives to create a future where every student interested in Earth sciences feels a sense of belonging and value in classrooms and research spaces.

Cam earned her Bachelor of Science degree from LSU, followed by a Master's and Ph.D. from UCLA. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech before joining IUPUI in 2015.

Associate Professor, Earth, Environment, & Society, University of St. Thomas

Jeni McDermottDr. Jeni McDermott, originally from California, received her M.S. in hydrogeology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Ph.D. in geology at Arizona State University. She taught geomorphology for two years at Colgate University before beginning at the University of St Thomas in 2013. Jeni’s research interests lie in understanding how fluvial systems interact with and shape our world, both at the orogen scale through the interplay between surface processes, deformation, and tectonics, as well as at a smaller scale where surface water and groundwater dynamically interact with our human environment. 

Science Engagement Manager, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), NSF

Bonnie MeinkeDr. Bonnie Meinke currently leads Science Engagement at the NSF's National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), operated by Battelle. Having grown up in Texas, where "the stars at night are big and bright," she was inspired to study astronomy, earning a Bachelor’s at University of California, Berkeley and a PhD at University of Colorado, Boulder. Her scientific research has focused on the Saturn system using the Cassini spacecraft: observing rings, discovering the building blocks of moons, and puzzling over geysers on Enceladus. Dr. Meinke's outreach work includes connecting libraries to NASA's STEM resources and celebrating NASA's space telescopes at large outdoor festivals. Along the way, she's built space telescopes and delivered observations to users worldwide. No matter which role she's in, Dr. Meinke strives to make science a more inclusive and connected community.

Associate Dean, Diversity and Academic Affairs in the Graduate School, University of Rhode Island

Colleen MouwDr. Colleen Mouw is the Associate Dean for Diversity and Academic Affairs in the Graduate School, an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and is a mentoring, professional development, and personal growth enthusiast. Her academic research focuses on utilizing optical tools to investigate phytoplankton community structure, carbon cycling, and the physical drivers of these in marine and freshwater systems. Her personal and professional interests lie in mentoring, coaching, and inspiring others to discover and achieve inner excellence to thrive in their professional lives. She aims to create a community of belonging where everyone feels welcome to bring their whole unique selves to their life's endeavors. She has taught graduate courses on ocean remote sensing and optics and scholarly writing and co-leads a national program to retain women+ in science.

Mouw earned her bachelor's degree in Biology from Western Michigan University and her master's and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.

Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Lauren MullineauxDr. Lauren Mullineaux is a seagoing biologist who conducts research, mentors students, and teaches graduate courses as a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She crosses disciplines of ecology and oceanography to study dispersal of larvae and resilience of seafloor communities to disturbance. Her research informs policy on conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of deep seafloor resources. Recently she has become involved as an organizer and facilitator in the BRAID Alliance, a national network whose goals are to broaden participation in climate and environmental science.

Principal Investigator and Program Lead, Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS), the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Kadidia ThieroKadidia Thiero, SOARS® Principal Investigator/Program Lead. Education Advocate, Kadidia Thiero leads and manages the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Program and affiliated efforts. The SOARS program, based at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, CO; has been increasing the diversity of the atmospheric and related sciences for 27 + years. This flagship Program is designed to support students from backgrounds, historically excluded in the geosciences, to enter and succeed in graduate school and STEM careers. Prior to SOARS, Ms. Thiero served as Outreach Administrator for the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M); a multi-institution Cooperative Science Center, led by Howard University. Ms. Thiero managed and supported all K-12 programs, and coordinated the undergraduate summer internship program (USIP); as well as NCAS’ national high school weather camp, CAREERS, during the summers.

Prior to teaching at the University of the District of Columbia's Community College, Ms. Thiero worked as the Community Liaison with The Education Trust. She managed and coordinated the community engagement, produced materials in English and Spanish for use as tools, in advocating for equity and preparation in secondary schools. Kadidia Thiero graduated from Howard University with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature; and received her MA in Latin American Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Interim Director, Conservation Tools Program, Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum

Kristen J. VoorhiesDr. Kristen Voorhies, an evolutionary biologist, wife, and mother of two, is based at the Field Museum in Chicago. As the Interim Program Director for the Conservation Tools Program at the Keller Science Action Center, she works to connect people with nature by creating accessible conservation tools based on museum science. Dr. Voorhies currently leads a Climate Action Plan for People and Nature initiative for the Chicago Wilderness Alliance, focusing on equitable climate strategies and nature-based solutions in the region.

Dr. Kristen Voorhies graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Duke University in 2008. Fascinated with ecological changes over time, she studied marine clams and ecosystems from the Pacific Northwest to Antarctica, focusing on invasive species and historical climate impacts. In 2015, she became the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago, where she reconstructed natural historical baselines off Oregon's coast using living and dead marine clams. Dr. Voorhies has held significant roles at the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and as Research Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey's Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (MW CASC). Her research contributions encompass endangered species listings, climate assessments in the Midwest, and published works on monarch butterflies and environmental changes in marine communities off Oregon and the West Antarctic Peninsula.

In addition to her scientific accomplishments, Dr. Kristen Voorhies is committed to fostering a more inclusive scientific community by advocating for diversity in the sciences and supporting underrepresented voices.

2021-2023 Cohort

Professor of Geology, Lone Star College – Tomball

Kristie BradfordKristie Bradford is a professor of geology at Lone Star College – Tomball, a campus in the Lone Star College System, a community college just north of Houston. Since arriving at LSC - Tomball in 2005, she was twice awarded the LSC – Tomball Faculty Excellence award. She serves on the Diversity Council at LSC - Tomball and ran several faculty professional development workshops promoting student-centered pedagogy. Professor Bradford was a SAGE 2YC Faculty Change Agent, a recently concluded NSF-funded project Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-Year Colleges. In addition to teaching introductory geology classes, Professor Bradford will serve as PI and project evaluator for LSC – Tomball’s recently awarded Department of Education Title III HSI-STEM grant.

Professor Bradford is devoted to her students and their education. Through active learning infused lectures and engaging labs, she draws her students into the world of geology making it relevant and relatable. The goals of her JEDI work include making science, geoscience in particular, a viable option for students who come from historically excluded groups; and, changing beliefs regarding structural racism, and other forms of exclusion, to reduce harm, leading to the breakdown of systemic barriers. She earned her BA in geology from Franklin and Marshall College and her MS in geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, her other interests include nature photography, knitting, SCUBA diving, and hiking.

Assistant Research Professor, George Mason University

Rocio Caballero-GillDr. Rocío Paola Caballero-Gill (She/Her/Ella) is a Peruvian geoscientist specialized in Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography, with a deep passion for social justice action to center belonging, inclusion, and equity in professional and personal spaces.  She earned her PhD and MSc from Brown University, and her bachelors from George Mason University.  

Rocío is an Assistant Research Professor at George Mason University and works as Lead Director for the CycloCohort program.  CycloCohort is a unique 3-year project, part of a multi-university collaboration known as The CycloAstro Project, aiming to address known barriers in our field and be a springboard for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Justice focused leadership.  Rocío also works as a faculty coach at Mazak LLC., a womxn-operated company with a mission to change the way womxn experience academia and in the process, change academia itself.  Lastly, Rocío is one of three co-founders of GeoLatinas and serves as Chairwoman and member of the Leadership Council.  GeoLatinas is an international organization with community-based efforts aiming to inspire and empower latinas in Geo, while providing a platform for other marginalized groups to feel validated and empowered and benefiting the greater geo-community.

Rocío, born and raised in Lima - Perú, wears these many hats while battling an invisible chronic disorder called Myasthenia gravis.  She lives in Virginia, USA with her loving and supportive husband, incredible son and daughter, in a multigenerational, multicultural home.

Associate Professor, Arizona State University

Lekelia JenkinsLekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is a marine sustainability scientist and Associate Professor at Arizona State University.  She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, fishing and crabbing recreationally on the Chesapeake Bay and volunteering as a junior zookeeper. She received her PhD by pioneering a new field of study into the invention and adoption of marine conservation technology.  Her research centers on the human dimensions of marine sustainability solutions, including fisheries conservation technologies and marine renewable energy. Among her numerous honors and awards, she received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences and is a member of to the National Academies of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, where she co-chairs the Board’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging Initiative.

Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine

Kathleen JohnsonKathleen Johnson (Anishinaabe; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) is a geochemist and paleoclimatologist who specializes in reconstructing past climate change using natural archives from caves (speleothems), with a focus on tropical and monsoon regions.  She received a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan (1996) and a PhD in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley (2004). She served as a Gary C. Comer Abrupt Climate Change postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, UK from 2004-2007. 

Dr. Johnson is currently an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Earth System Science (ESS) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), located on the ancestral shared territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples.  She has a long record of work to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences.  She directed the NSF-funded UCI American Indian Summer Institute in Earth System Science from 2012-2017 and was recognized with the 2016 Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award from the Geological Society of America (GSA). She has served as Vice-Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the ESS department since 2019 and has recently been appointed as UCI ADVANCE Equity Advisor for the School of Physical Sciences at UCI. She is also a GSA Fellow and currently serves as President-Elect of the AGU Paleoceanography & Paleoclimatology section.

Associate Professor, Cornell University

Kade KeranenKade Keranen is an associate professor at Cornell University. In research, Kade uses seismology and complementary geophysical methods to study earth structure and the impact of fluids on dynamic processes. From a rural midwestern farming background, Kade has long been familiar with the reliance of society on earth resources including water, soil, and energy, and with society’s vulnerability to earth hazards from severe weather to climate change to earthquakes. Kade is passionate about broadening participation in earth science and increasing the diversity of insights and perspectives within our community. Kade sees equity and inclusion as key pillars to build and sustain diverse participation, and is committed to helping change cultural norms that create persistent barriers to broad participation.

Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Adriana MartinezDr. Adriana E. Martinez is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and holds a joint position in the Department of Geography & GIS and the Department of Environmental Sciences. She received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences (2005), and a Master of Science in Geography (Fluvial Geomorphology, 2008) at Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Geography (Fluvial Geomorphology, 2013) at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on the influence of human activities along river systems. Dr. Martinez is a physical geographer with GIS expertise and uses traditional field methods combined with river modeling and drones to examine river systems throughout the U.S. including the Tijuana River in California and the Provo River in Utah. Dr. Martinez’s current work examines the influence of the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence on flooding and the fluvial geomorphology of the Rio Grande River. She is also involved in research projects regarding archaeological sites in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, environmental justice in the St. Louis Metro East, improving mentoring among STEM faculty, and methods to help undergraduate and graduate students develop their science identity.

Senior Education and Research Specialist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

George MatsumotoA native Californian, I’m third generation Japanese and grew up in southern California. I went to UC Berkeley (majored in marine botany) and have worked in the state and National Park systems doing trail crew and teaching trail maintenance to high school students. I studied gelatinous zooplankton for my PhD using SCUBA, Human occupied vehicles, and remotely operated vehicles around the world. I worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a short time and was a NSF postdoctoral fellow at Hopkins Marine Station (Stanford University) before taking up a tenure track position at Flinders University of South Australia where I spent three years before returning to California and my current position at MBARI.

I have been awarded the QuikScience Ocean Leadership Award for commitment to Ocean Education and recognized as an ASLO fellow. I have served on a number of local, regional, and national boards including the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Board, the National Ocean Studies Board, and several National Academy committees. At MBARI, I coordinate the seminar and internship program as well as the NSF funded Adopt-A-Float program. I currently serve on the National Association of Marine Labs (NAML) DEI committee and am a member of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Geosciences (AAPiG) group, the Minorities in Aquarium and Zoo Science (MIAZ) group, and co-chair the NMEA traditional knowledge committee. I am looking forward to working with and sharing the results of the AGU LANDInG cohort.

Professor and Chair, Albion College

Carrie MenoldDr. Carrie Menold is a Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment at Albion College where she leads the newly merged geoscience and environmental programs as department chair. Dr. Menold’s NSF-sponsored research focuses on finger-printing metasomatic fluids in collisional environments to study the transition between subduction and continental collision. She is actively involved across campus on work to improve retention and engagement of underserved communities in STEM through her work in the department, the First Year Experience program, as chair of the campus-wide tenure committee, as part of the Strategic Planning group and through the NSF-funded URGE program.

Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Kent State University

Scott SheridanDr. Scott Sheridan is a professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University in Ohio, USA.  He has served as Department Chair since 2015, and currently sits on the University’s Strategic Planning Committee; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Council; and its Anti-Racism Task Force.  His is educational background includes BS and MS degrees in Meteorology from Rutgers and Texas A&M, respectively, followed by a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of Delaware.  He has co-authored 119 peer-reviewed publications, and has been an investigator on grants totaling over $4 million.  He is also currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Biometeorology and Associate Editor of Science of the Total Environment.  

Dr. Sheridan’s scholarship focuses on the areas of Applied Climatology and Human Biometeorology. His applied climatology expertise stems from his development and implementation of novel techniques in synoptic climatology, a method in which atmospheric parameters are categorized into discrete categories.  This applied research has focused most substantially on human biometeorology, in particular, the impacts of extreme heat on human health.  He has worked extensively on heat warning systems, heat perception, urbanization and heat vulnerability, and trends and projections of heat-related mortality.  Further, he has focused on applying synoptic climatological techniques to global change issues, including analyses of atmospheric teleconnections and their impact on mid-latitude weather, water clarity, as well as sea-level variability. Scott frequently involves his students in his research and encourages their professional development and publishing.  He has graduated 10 PhD and 12 MA students.

Professor & Associate Dean, University of Rhode Island

David SmithDavid C. Smith is professor and associate dean at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. His general field of research is microbial oceanography where his work often involves method development for use at sea. His work has taken him to all seven continents. He has sailed across every line of latitude from the North Pole to Antarctica in his more than two years of sea time onboard research vessels. Smith has served on the editorial boards of both Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Estuaries and Coasts. He is currently a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System Council. He was awarded the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography’s Raymond L. Lindeman Award, the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Service Medal, and was named a Joint Oceanographic Institutions Distinguished Lecturer. Smith earned a B.S. from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego. He joined the faculty of University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997.

Associate Professor, Arizona State University

Christy TillDr. Christy Till has been educated as a ballet dancer and geologist and is employed as a professor. As a professor, her work focuses on understanding the origins of magma and what drives its subsequent eruption on Earth and other planets, as well as educating the next generation of scientists with particular emphasis on building skills in science communication and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. Her privilege and experiences have provided her with a number of opportunities, roles, and successes working towards these aims predominantly in the US geoscience community, such as an NSF CAREER award, elected leadership positions for the American Geophysical Union, and an early career award from her division at the Geological Society of America. Academic structures, biases, and her personal shortcomings have also contributed to a myriad of challenges and failures, such as identifying as a member of #MeToo and numerous job, grant, and paper rejections. Beyond her profession, she is an artist, runner, and hiker, and feels happiest when she can spend some time outdoors each day

Director for GeoSTEM Career Exploration and Workforce Development, University of Texas at Austin

Leah TurnerLeah Turner, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is the Director for GeoSTEM Career Exploration and Workforce Development at the University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences. Leah oversees the GeoFORCE Texas diversity outreach pipeline program and has a passion for creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture at the Jackson School. She serves as co-PI on a National Science Foundation GOLD-EN EAGER grant that focuses on mentorship of undergraduates and training a cohort of faculty and staff to be champions of diversity, bringing diversity to scale at the Jackson School.

Turner is a first-generation scholar, Hall of Fame student-athlete, and proud HBCU alumna of West Virginia State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Ohio University as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar. Her primary academic interests involve research on the college choices of diverse and underserved student populations to address prominent higher education issues such as access, retention, degree completion, student involvement, and satisfaction. Her career portfolio includes positions in career development, youth outreach, student affairs, athletics, and academic affairs.