MELISSA M. ROHDE
I have 15 years of experience conducting original research in the fields of biogeochemical oceanography, glaciology, and hydrology. My research has involved both laboratory and field work, which has brought me to Antarctica, Europe, South Asia, and here in the USA. My skills include research design, grant proposal writing, collecting empirical data, managing datasets, data analysis using statistics, writing publications to peer-review journals, and synthesizing data into data visualizations for broad audiences.
Aside from my research, I am also passionate about leading, facilitating, and creating programs that increase outdoor education opportunities for young students (ages 12-28). My involvement in outreach activities have included serving as Chief Science leader for a group of young adults on a British Schools for Exploring Society expedition to the Indian Himalayas in Ladakh, creating the first International Polar Year Field School in Svalbard (an archipelago in the Arctic), and serving as the Project Leader for a Solar Irrigation design team in the student-led chapter of Stanford's Engineers for a Sustainable World.
Currently, I work as a Scientist for The Nature Conservancy of California and provide scientific leadership to the Groundwater Program using my expertise in biology, hydrology, and water policy to advance sustainable management. I obtained a BSc degree in Biology and Oceanography at the University of British Columbia, a MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management at Oxford University, and a MSc in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University.