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Director of the Earth Lab Analytics Hub, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. E. Natasha Stavros is the Director of Earth Lab Analytics Hub. She specializes in complex systems science, data science, image processing, and information technologies. She developed these skills as a fire ecologist, but has applied them in other complex systems including NASA Flight Projects, biodiversity science, and urban ecology.

She received a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder where her career with NASA began at the Laboratory of Atmosphere and Space Physics (LASP) doing mission operations and data analysis for data product calibration. She received a M.S. in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland specializing in remote observation integration into a mechanistic model to evaluate sustainable forest management practices. She completed a Ph.D. in Forest and Fire Ecology from the University of Washington linking climate, extreme fire events, and air quality degradation. She then completed a post-doc and worked as an applied science system engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. She is an engaging public speaker and has participated in TEDx giving a talk about uncertainty under decision making and the role that's playing in our response to climate change and natural disasters.

Experience

  • 2019–2021
    Visiting Associate Project Scientist, University of California Los Angeles
  • 2020–2021
    Director of Earth Lab Analytics Hub, Cooperative Institute for Research on Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado Boulder
  • 2016–2020
    Applied Science System Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • 2013–2016
    Postdoctoral research fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Education

  • 2019 
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Charles Elachi Early Career Achievement

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union

Honours

JPL Charles Elachi Early Career Achievement