Linnea Avallone

Linnea Avallone

The American Meteorological Society is facing challenges that threaten its ability to promote an open, inclusive, collaborative environment for exchange of ideas and conduct of research. Considering the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, can we continue to have meaningful exchange of ideas without in-person interactions at conferences and workshops? With an increasing United States focus on research security, how do we promote open scientific dialogue internationally?

Answering these questions will both provide near-term solutions that continue to support members’ learning and collaboration and also identify forward-looking strategies that may foster new partnerships, increase accessibility, and reduce resource consumption. Seeking such solutions will require input from stakeholders across the sectors represented within AMS and consideration of the diverse ways in which we do our work and report our research. As a Councilor of AMS, I would bring to bear my experience successfully leading multi-disciplinary teams to solve difficult problems in both the academic and government realms. 

The recent pandemic has also highlighted the inequitable access to resources in the United States, with higher infection and mortality rates among the poor and among ethnic and racial minorities. These persistent, systemic inequities are present in the scientific enterprise as well and AMS must continue to address them by expanding its efforts to be a welcoming and inclusive organization, with opportunities for all members. As a member of the Council, I will bring my experience creating and implementing programs for those underrepresented in the scientific enterprise to help move forward the agenda of the new Culture and Inclusion Cabinet, with the goal of making AMS a leader among scientific societies, where every member feels that they belong and can contribute their time and talents to the advancement of our field.

Linnea Avallone is Senior Advisor for Facilities in the Geosciences Directorate (GEO) of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She provides high-level oversight, coordination and strategic planning for GEO’s ships, aircraft, polar research stations and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. These facilities are state-of-the-art tools available to the research community in support of the advancement of science in all areas of the Geosciences.

Previously, Linnea was program manager of the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities, overseeing funding, deployment and long-range strategic planning of research aircraft, mobile and fixed radar, and ground-based and aircraft-borne instrumentation in support of more than sixty field campaigns. Linnea served as vice-chair and chair of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Airborne Geoscience Research and Applications, convening colleagues from NOAA, NASA, DOE, ONR and USGS to collaborate on the efficient operation of the nation’s fleet of research aircraft.

Linnea began her career at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, where she rose to Full Professor. Her research group made measurements in more than twenty atmospheric sciences field campaigns using novel instrumentation designed and built in her laboratory. Linnea is author on nearly 70 peer-reviewed publications and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. She taught courses on atmospheric chemistry, instrumentation, science and public policy, and atmospheric science for non-science majors. Linnea also strove to broaden participation in science and education, directing the CU Boulder Miramontes Arts and Sciences Program to foster academic excellence among students from historically underrepresented groups, and co-leading ASCENT, a mentoring program for early- career women in atmospheric sciences.

Linnea received an S.B. in Life Sciences from MIT, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Harvard University.