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May 16, 2017

Alex Naegele selected as SoGES Fellow

CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) has selected Ph.D. student Alex Naegele as one of 20 early career academics to be a Sustainability Leadership Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. Alex is advised by Dave Randall.

The program prepares future innovators and thought leaders with state-of-the-art science communication and career development training.

“Once again, we had a large number of excellent applications, demonstrating the high quality of CSU’s doctoral students and postdoctoral scientists,” said SoGES Director Diana Wall. “We are very pleased that sustainability is a core interest for so many of these young researchers.”

The group represents 15 departments and five colleges.

SoGES recognizes that CSU’s researchers and doctoral students are a primary informational resource to talk about the complex decisions that will determine our environmental future. Over the course of one year, fellows receive training to be leaders for the future to effectively communicate science to the media and public. They also receive coaching in professional development skills and techniques, and will learn new strategies to build successful careers that incorporate meaningful engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Alex describes her research:

My research focuses on the relationship between the atmospheric energy budget and the hydrologic cycle. Precipitation is one of the most important aspects of the climate system affecting life on Earth, however, it’s among the most poorly represented variables in global climate models. I use models on smaller scales to investigate the processes affecting the intensity and distribution of precipitation. A large part of my research focuses on the role of clouds in this relationship and how precipitation might be expected to change in a warming climate.

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