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:   Staff Scientist

:  Astronomy

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Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
PhD Astronomy 2021 New Mexico State University
MS Astronomy 2018 New Mexico State University
BS Astrophysics 2015 University of Oklahoma

Dr. Jodi Berdis defended her PhD in Astronomy from New Mexico State University in March 2021. During her PhD at NMSU, she was a NASA Jenkins Graduate Fellow and conducted part of her research at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her dissertation was focused on the composition of Europa’s surface, and consisted of laboratory-, ground-, and space-based spectroscopic observations, including remote sensing, as well as modeling efforts to constrain the water ice crystallinity of Europa’s surface. At APL, she is a facilitator for the Surface Power focus group in the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC), dedicated to building collaborations in academia and industry to achieve sustained human presence on the Moon. She is especially interested in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives, particularly those that focus on increasing opportunities and scientific contributions from groups with underrepresented or non-traditional backgrounds. 

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2021 Current Staff Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
2015 2021 Graduate Researcher and NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellow at New Mexico State University and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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2021 NMSU Scott Murrell Endowed Memorial Scholarship Award, in recognition of professional development and research accomplishment.
2020 NMSU Scott Murrell Endowed Memorial Scholarship Award, in recognition of professional development and research accomplishment.
2017-2021 NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship
2016-2021 Group Facilitator of NMSU Inclusive Astronomy
2021 Member of AAS DPS Professional Culture & Climate Subcommittee
2020 Project Manager of JPL Planetary Science Summer School Mission Concept Study
2017 President of NMSU Astronomy Graduate Student Organization
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Elizabeth M. Spiers, Jessica M. Weber, Chandrakanth Venigalla, Andrew M. Annex, Christine P. Chen, Carina Lee, Patrick Clifton Gray, Kathleen J. McIntyre, Jodi R. Berdis, Shane R. Carberry Mogan, Paula do Vale Pereira, Saroj Kumar, William O’Neill, Elizabeth A. Czajka, Perianne E. Johnson, Alyssa Pascuzzo, Sindhoora Tallapragada, Deanna Phillips, Karl Mitchell, Alfred Nash, Jennifer Scully, Leslie Lowes, (2021), Tiger: Concept Study for a New Frontiers Enceladus Habitability Mission, The Planetary Science Journal

Jodi R. Berdis, Murthy S. Gudipati, James R. Murphy, Nancy J. Chanover, (2020), Europa's surface water ice crystallinity: Discrepancy between observations and thermophysical and particle flux modeling, Icarus, 341, 113660,