Kate Calvin


Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor

Bio: Katherine Calvin is NASA’s Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor. Previously, she was an earth scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) under the direction of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Maryland. She has contributed to National Climate Assessment as well as two special reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Calvin earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics. She holds a PhD in management science and engineering from Stanford (2008).

2022-08 Abstract Title: Keynote: Chemistry, Climate, Sustainability, and Space

Abstract Body: NASA’s research and applied sciences—in which chemistry plays an important role—as well as our collaborations will be essential to understanding and responding to changes on Earth, as well as space exploration in the next century. Observations made from space and our experiences exploring space can improve our understanding of Earth and provide technologies that can be used on Earth. Our study of the Earth system and the interaction between resources on Earth can inform sustainability of space exploration.