The Alumni Board: Greetings from the President

Greetings LDEO Alumni!

I hope this letter finds you well; 2020 has certainly been a tough year. I’m so proud of how the Observatory has weathered the pandemic: putting on a virtual Open House, organizing several excellent virtual events throughout the year, and most of all – keeping the Earth research coming.

I am hopeful that despite the ongoing pandemic, the LDEO Alumni Association can keep working on its mission to engage alumni, help current graduate students, and support the mission of the Observatory. I am especially interested in organizing a career panel event in the new year, and I am looking forward to hosting our annual “Superstar” Alumni speaker events in Spring 2021. 

If you would like to get involved in either of these activities, or if you can envision some other way you can advance the mission of the Alumni Association, please let me know – and thanks. 

Please contact me or Stacey Vassallo in the Development Office if there are additional features you'd like to find here on our website. 

Have a happy New Year!


E. Christa Farmer (Ph.D. 2005)


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Alumni Association
Board of Directors



Emma (Christa) Farmer
Hofstra University
Hempstead NY


Rafael Almeida
Yachay Tech University
Urcuqui Ecuador

Mike Coffin
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
University of Tasmania
Tasmania Australia

Kathleen Crane
University of Hawaii and ArcticLynx
Falls Church VA

Ellen Kappel
Geo Prose
Bethesda MD

Mia Leo
Valley Cottage NY

Gregory Mountain
Rutgers University
New Brunswick NJ

Philip Orton
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken NJ

Neil Pederson
Harvard University
Petersham MA

Michael Perfit
The University of Florida
Gainesville FL

Michael Rawson
Washington Township NJ

Kyla K. Simons
Houston TX