For inquiries, please send email to JPL-Earth-Sciences@jpl.nasa.gov

The Earth Science Directorate at JPL is under the guidance of Director, James Graf and Deputy Director, Randall Friedl, who are responsible for formulation, implementation and operations of Earth Science activities at JPL. In addition to the selected Points of Contact below, JPL has around 1,000 scientists, technologists and engineers dedicated to the field of Earth Science.

Utilize the lists below to help direct your inquiry to the appropriate point(s) of contact.

  • Directorate Scientist – Duane Waliser

    • We seek partnerships and collaborators to advance our knowledge of Earth system science, including conceiving new observing system concepts, developing and improving Earth system models and their components, designing suborbital/field experiments, formulating and applying novel analysis approaches, and making considerations for translating science advances to application benefits.

  • Directorate Technologist - Jason Hyon

    • We continue to seek innovative and disruptive component technologies in advancing remote sensing instruments. There are many technology development opportunities from NASA ESTO (Earth Science Technology Office) through ROSES. We can team with external partners like you in order to meet science challenges. Our focuses consist of active and passive microwave sensors, hyperspectral imager, spectrometers and sounders, and sensors with GPS and other signals.

  • Earth Science Research and Mission Formulation Office – Frank Webb and Sabrina Feldman

    • This office is responsible for the formulation and successful execution of the numerous research and analysis tasks sponsored by ESD as well as the formulation of competed and directed missions. This office leads the responses to ESD ROSES calls, supports the investigators in the execution of their studies, and provides programmatic support to our research and applications counter parts in ESD. The office also matures, formulates and produces mission concepts and proposals in partnership with external investigators, the scientific community, and domestic and international organizations. These formulation activities are in response to both directed opportunities and competitively selected AOs, such as the Decadal Survey Designated Observable studies and the Earth Ventures line. In addition, the application of JPL’s science system engineering capability to large, complicated Earth science challenges like sea level rise is supported through this office. And while technology is developed in several locations in ESTD, RMF provides the major interface to ESTO and its numerous development calls.

    • For inquiries related to specific Earth science disciplines, please contact:

    • Hydrology and Global Water Cycle – Son Nghiem
    • Weather – TBD
    • Climate and Sea Level - Victor Zlotnicki
    • Carbon and Ecosystems – Charles Miller
    • Solid Earth and Natural Hazards – Paul Lundgren
    • Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Quality – Felix Seidel
    • Applications for Societal Benefit – Sharon Kedar
  • Applications Program – Mike Gunson

    • We welcome collaborations to develop applications based on JPL and NASA Earth Science remote sensing capabilities and expertise. We have experience with a broad range of airborne and satellite sensors with potential societal benefits in a number of sectors. We can seek opportunities to partner on proposals to NASA Applied Science Program through ROSES or to work within opportunities provided by satellite and airborne projects.

  • Earth Systematic Missions Program Office–JPL – Steven Bard (ESMPO-J) and Ralph Basilio (Competed Projects)

    • The ESMPO-J is the NASA program office responsible for the programmatic direction, oversight and management of all Earth Science spaceflight projects directed by NASA to be managed and implemented by JPL. ESMPO-J also provides on-site project oversight support to the ESSP Program Office and NASA ESD for competed spaceflight projects and instruments managed by JPL.

  • Airborne Program – Gary Lau

    • JPL is an active participant in NASA’s Airborne program with over 40 years of experience. Our suite of instruments is comprised of two facility instruments, AVIRIS-NG and UAVSAR (L-band, P-band and Ka-band), and over 20 additional non-facility instruments. Airborne campaigns have been conducted in the continental US, as well as worldwide on both manned (commercial, and NASA), and unmanned (UAS) platforms. Over the past 10 years, we have completed upwards of 19,600 hours (over 1,870 hours in 2019). JPL is also very active in supporting NASA’s Emergency response program; AVIRIS-NG, and UAVSAR have been utilized in numerous emergency circumstances: forest fires, flooding, earthquakes and gas leak detection.

  • Information and Data Science – TBD

    • ​We seek data capabilities and services for space-based observational systems to enable data-driven solutions from the remote point of collection to managed science data archives, including workflow-based analytics, applying AI and machine learning techniques to develop applications in Earth Science and other disciplines. We innovate, research, develop, validate and apply data-driven solutions, sometimes transferring promising technical solutions from other domains and disciplines which share challenges with space observing systems.

  • Earth Science Business Operations Office – Marco Villa​
    • This office is responsible for all financial operations aspects of the Earth Science and Technology Directorate at JPL, including Satellites, Instruments, Research and Analysis, Airborne Missions, Earth Science Technology, On-orbit Mission Operations & Data Analysis, and Non-NASA projects that support our NASA missions. This includes project planning, control and financial reporting including earned value management implementation as well as financial planning for funds management, institutional business forecast, and workforce reporting. The Business Operations Office also provides mission studies for future mission financial scenario analyses, cost estimates and pricing for proposals, task plans for NASA and non-NASA projects under the JPL Prime Contract and manages acquisitions for subcontracts business. The office maintains fiduciary responsibility to the JPL, CalTech, and NASA Office of the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Public Engagement – Anya Biferno

    • We are responsible for attracting new audiences and increasing public interest in NASA’s Earth Science, technology, and missions. Public Engagement works with projects and programs to create a wide variety of ways that the general public can learn about JPL’s missions. This typically includes a wide range of activities including web-delivered content (e.g. climate.nasa.gov, mission websites), social media, handout materials, community programs and events, and informal education.

  • Digital News and Media Office – Jane J. Lee

    • The Digital News and Media office manages JPL’s communications with the general public via mass media outlets, including news media, the JPL homepage and social media platforms. We foster effective public communication using products and activities that support outside news media covering JPL and its missions; disseminate information in the form of news releases, feature stories, social media posts and videos to inform the public; and advise senior management on matters related to communicating with the public.

  • Legislative and Government Affairs – Cindy Lee

    • The Office of Legislative & Government Affairs (OLGA) serves as the single point of contact for all local, state and federal government agencies and elected officials. OLGA coordinates briefings, Congressional Notifications, written reports, site visits, correspondences with all branches of government, including but not limited to Congress and state legislatures. OLGA provides support and legislative strategies to senior leadership and leads congressional engagements on behalf of JPL/NASA. OLGA supports legislative efforts of NASA’s Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Office. OLGA also provides direction to JPL personnel who interact with elected officials and staff. The office provides guidance to employees to ensure that JPL personnel fully understand and comply with laws and regulations governing public advocacy and lobbying. ​