Before her NASA stint, Calvin has worked as an Earth scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Joint Global Change Research Institute in Maryland.
NASA has announced that Dr Katherine Calvin will serve the agency in dual roles as chief scientist and senior climate advisor, effective immediately.
Calvin succeeds Jim Green, who retired from his role on January 1 as a chief scientist after more than 40 years of service at NASA, and Gavin Schmidt, who has served as senior climate advisor in an acting capacity since the position was created in February 2021. NASA established the senior climate advisor position to ensure effective fulfillment of the Biden-Harris Administrations climate science objectives for the agency. Schmidt will maintain his role as director of NASAs Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.
Nelson said: Im thrilled to welcome Kate to the NASA family, where she will bring her expertise in integrated human-Earth system modelling to help ensure the Biden Administration has the data needed to achieve the critical goal of protecting our planet. I also want to thank Jim and Gavin for their invaluable leadership to NASA and the world as chief scientist and senior climate advisor.
As a chief scientist and senior climate advisor, Calvin will serve as principal advisor to the administrator and other agency leaders on NASA science programmes, strategic planning, and policy. She will also represent the agencys strategic science objectives and contributions to the national and international science communities.
Calvin added: Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our nation and our planet. NASA is a world leader in climate and Earth science. Im excited to be a part of the team that is helping to advance this important science mission.
Previously, Calvin was an Earth scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, Maryland. She worked on the institutes Global Change Analysis Model, a system for exploring and analysing the relationships between human and Earth systems, and the Department of Energys Energy Exascale Earth System Model, a system for analyzing the Earth system.
Calvin holds masters and doctoral degrees in management, science, and engineering from Stanford University and a bachelors degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Maryland.
In February 2021, NASA joined the National Climate Task Force established by President Biden, which encourages a governmentwide approach to address climate change. NASA has issued a climate action plan aimed at continuing critical Earth science and climate research and averting mission impacts due to climate.