|Professor Amanda Lynch||Director||401.863.5153|
|Marty Downs||Associate Director||401.863.3493|
|Bernadette Horta||Manager, Finance and Administration||401.863.3032|
|Stephanie Viens||Administrative Coordinator||401.863.2785|
|Scientific/ Program Staff|
|Avery Cohn||Visiting Researcher||401.863-6830|
|Jacqueline Gill||ECI Interdisciplinary Postdoc||401.863.6933|
|Ruby Ho||Laboratory Manager||401.863.6885|
|Henry Johnson||IT Systems Manager||401.863.5431|
|Noorjehan Johnson||ECI Interdisciplinary Postdoc||401.863.5181|
|Rose Kontak||ESWN Manager|
|Jean Rattle||Communications Associate||401.863.5179|
|Peter Richards||ECI-PSTC Postdoc|
|Rebecca Ryals||ECI Interdisciplinary Postdoc||401.863.6830|
|Maria Tsukernik||Research Associate||401.863.5181|
|Siri Veland||Postdoctoral Associate||401.863.5181|
Director, Environmental Change Initiative
Professor Lynch's interests lie in the application of climate and meteorological research to concrete problems of policy relevance. Her approaches include regional and global climate models of the contemporary and past climates, weather prediction models, statistical models, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. She has a strong interest in working with under-represented minorities, particularly indigenous people.
Amanda Lynch obtained her Ph.D. in Meteorology in 1993 from the University of Melbourne. From 1992-2003 she was in the United States, most recently at the University of Colorado. She was a Fellow of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and a consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratory. She returned to Australia in 2004 to take up a Federation Fellowship and head the Monash University Climate program. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2008, and returned to the U.S. in 2011.
As ECI Associate Director, Marty manages operations and contributes to the overall strategic direction of the ECI by identifying areas where research strength and opportunity coincide. She convenes research partners and coordinates the development of funding applications to public and private funders.
Marty's background in climate change research and science writing helps to bridge the disparate disciplines that are part of ECI. In addition, Marty facilitates communication among ECI researchers, presents complex environmental research in an accessible way and and promotes ECI events and activities.
Marty holds a B.S in Natural Resources form Cornell University and an M.S. in Science Journalism from Boston University. She has written about scientific research for a variety of publications, including ScienceNow, Small Times Media (nanotechnology), and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has managed communications in government agencies and non-profits as well as universities.
Manager of Finance and Administration
Bonnie Horta manages budgets, schedules, international travel, grant submisssions and other financial and administrative functions with efficiency and a cheerful smile.
Stephanie handles reimbursements, travel, and student payroll. She also coordinates the Reverse Ecology IGERT Program with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Rose Kontak manages the Earth Science Women's Network. Coming from a background in energy and environmental policy, she is now in charge of organizing, promoting, managing and advancing ESWN. If you are interested in joining or contributing, please contact her.
ESWN is a peer-mentoring network of women in the Earth Sciences, most of whom are in the early stages of their careers. We have nearly 1000 members spanning at least 19 different countries. We represent most major universities, goverment agencies, and research organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
Ruby isresponsible for the day to day operations in the Porder and Hastings laboratories, including helping students with their work and running samples that come in from various projects. All inquiries that are lab-specific should be sent to her.