Executive Committee

Executive Committee


All policy and programmatic issues associated with research performance and future directions of the Observatory, including interactions with affiliated Earth Institute and other Columbia units and groups, both on and off the Lamont campus, as they pertain to the intellectual vigor of the Observatory. Will advise on the incorporation of new units having direct intellectual ties to the Observatory, particularly if they are to be located on the Lamont campus. Will carry out research and other planning activities, including identification of appointment needs through a Planning Subcommittee (see below). Will appoint other standing and/or ad hoc subcommittees for specific tasks. Will consult on recommendations to the Directorate made by the Promotion and Careers Subcommittee (see below) concerning all research promotions and appointments. Any matter not resolved in the Executive Committee shall be referred to a meeting of the Observatory Senior Staff at the request of any member of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee is chaired by the Lamont Director.

The senior staff representative from each research division is elected by ballot by the Observatory research staff of the appropriate division. The junior staff representative is appointed by the Director, from nominations received from the research divisions. Those members elected or appointed following recommendation to the Director will serve three-year terms.

Ex officio members representing units or groups with which the Observatory has direct research or academic ties can be included on the Executive Committee by vote of the existing members. The Executive Committee is free to request members of the Observatory or others to participate in its meetings where additional input is desired.

Voting Membership

– Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Chair:

  • Jerry McManus, Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

– Associate Directors of the Research Divisions:

  • Roseanne D'Arrigo, Biology and Paleo Environment
  • Gisela Winckler, Geochemistry
  • Roger Buck, Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • David Goldberg, Marine and Large Programs
  • Mingfang Ting, Ocean and Climate Physics    
  • James Davis, Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics

– 1 Senior Research Staff Representative from each Research Division:

  • Billy D'Andrea, Biology and Paleo Environment
  • Joerg Schaefer, Geochemistry
  • Alberto Malinverno, Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Jason Smerdon, Ocean and Climate Physics
  • Einat Lev, Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics

– 1 Junior Research Staff Representative

  • Christine McCarthy, Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics

– 1   Research Scientist Representative

  • Bob Newton, Geochemistry

– 1   Postoctoral Research Scientist Representative

  • Andrew Lloyd (Alternate - Naomi Saunders)

–  1  Graduate Student Representative

  • Janine Birnbaum (Alternate - Lauren Moseley)

– 1 Technical Staff Representative

  • Nicholas Frearson, Marine Geology and Geophysics

Non-Voting Membership

– Heads of designated units, as ex officio members:

  • Maureen E. Raymo, Director, Chair of the Committee
  • Arthur Lerner-Lam, Deputy Director
  • Suzanne Carbotte, Promotions and Careers Sub-Committee, Chair
  • Robert Chen, Director, CIESIN
  • John Furlow, Director, IRI
  • Meghan Fay, Director of Development, External Relations, and Strategic Initiatives
  • Kuheli Dutt, Assistant Director, Academic Affairs and Diversity
  • Edith Miller, Assistant Director of Finance and Administration
  • Patrick O'Reilly, Assistant Director of Facilities and Engineering
  • Mahdad Parsi, Director of Research Computing and Infrastructure

-Administrative Liaisons

  • Nicole deRoberts, Executive Assitant to the Director
  • Kimberly Schermerhorn, Program Manager, Research Analysis and Planning
  • Bonnie Bonkowski, Division Administrator, Seismology, Geology, and Tectonophysics
  • Kaleigh Matthews, Director of Academic Administration and Finance