Welcome to the Office of Academic Affairs & Diversity at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), housed in the Office of the Director. As a leading world-class research institute and home to more than 500 exceptionally talented employees, LDEO is committed to fostering a healthy and vibrant work environment for all. The creation of the Office of Academic Affairs & Diversity in 2008 was a response to the recommendations of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program, aimed at increasing the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and minority scientists through institutional transformation.

Given the close link between academic affairs and diversity, this office oversees both diversity issues and academic affairs, and has the twin focus areas of:

  1. Enabling better representation of women and minorities among the scientific staff at LDEO

  2. Developing policies, procedures, and initiatives for academic affairs and diversity. These pertain to: appointments and promotions, awards and recognition, search and recruitment procedures, salary structures, family leave policies, bylaws and governance, and the advancement of junior scientists and postdoctoral scientists.

Since its creation in 2008, this office has developed a number of diversity and work environment initiatives, and is in the process of developing more. Some initiatives are outlined in the following documents: LDEO Diversity Initiatives 2008-2011LDEO Diversity Plan 2011-2014; Campus Life & Work Environment Survey 2015; Salary Study 2010

We hope this website provides you with useful information about this office. Please feel free to contact us with any feedback, comments or suggestions.              

Kuheli Dutt

Assistant Director

Academic Affairs &




Arthur Lerner-Lam

Deputy Director

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory



Sean Solomon


Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory