The Alumni Board: Greetings from the President

Greetings LDEO Alumni!

The LDEO Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes you to our corner of the LDEO website. In this ongoing pandemic, the internet has become even more important in pulling us all together and keeping us connected.

The Board met recently and is currently working on putting together two events for spring 2021, to enhance networking between our current students and alumni: a career panel discussion, and our annual Distinguished Alumni Colloquium speaker visit. Stay tuned for more details as plans develop.

We are also pleased to report that as the Board of Directors of the LDEO Alumni Association, we enthusiastically support the recent Statement on Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory's Commitment to Anti-Racism and Institutional Change made by campus leaders from LDEO and DEES, and similar statements from Columbia University leadership. Progress towards inclusion and equality requires all of us to acknowledge the lasting inequality in our society and contribute effort to support systemic change. This is not always easy or pleasant but is necessary for a peaceful and just society.

I hope you will join us in our ongoing support for LDEO and its mission. If you can think of any way you would like to get involved with the Alumni Association, please contact me or Stacey Vassallo in the Development Office – and thank you!


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