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New NC CSC Deputy Director - Aparna Bamzai-Dodson

The NC CSC welcomes Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, formerly University Assistant Director at the South Central CSC, as the new NC CSC Deputy Director. Aparna's former role with the SC CSC included overseeing CSC operations, planning workshops and trainings, attending and representing the CSC at conferences and meetings, creating outreach materials, revising and completing proposals, supervising staff, developing educational materials, and contributing to CSC projects. She has taken part in leading a summer internship program for undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities as well as developing an interdisciplinary course for undergraduates, “Managing for a Changing Climate.”

She has a B.S. in Statistics and Mathematics from Virginia Tech and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University with a focus on Global Environmental Change and has completed the coursework toward her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her academic research has focused on atmosphere-soil moisture interactions. She recently began to pursue her Ph.D. part-time through the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, with a focus on climate adaptation and co-production of knowledge.


A word from Jeff Morisette, NC CSC Director (USGS):

I am very excited to have Aparna join us in the North Central CSC. We recognize the excellent work she has done in the South Central CSC, where she has shown a dedication and commitment to scientific management and coordination as well as climate-based training. We are very much looking forward to the added capacity for the NC CSC by having Aparna as our deputy director. Aparna’s knowledge and experience built at the SC CSC will serve her well, and we are grateful to her mentors at the SC CSC. Her transition is an example of how the CSCs can work as a network, where we learn from, complement, and build on each other's successes.