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Nancy Maynard

Nancy Maynard

Nancy Maynard, Senior Research Scientist in the Cryospheric Sciences Branch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is Manager of NASA’s Tribal College and University Project. A marine biologist with a wide breadth of scientific experience, including science policy in the White House, management of large interdisciplinary science programs, oceanographic research at sea, and the application of satellites to societal issues, she has worked extensively to bring indigenous traditional knowledge together with scientific data and information to address climate and environment issues for decision-making. In 1998, as part of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth, Dr. Maynard recognized the unique contribution Native peoples could make to understanding the effects of natural and human-induced changes on the environment and climate. The workshop she organized to bring together elders and other tribal leaders with academic, private, and government climate scientists focused attention on the importance of understanding the impacts of climate change on Native lands and communities, and led to the inclusion of a chapter on Native people and homelands in the 2001 U.S. National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts. Dr. Maynard is currently working on satellite imagery of reindeer pastures in northern Norway and Eurasia together with reindeer herder colleagues from the Sami University College in Norway as part of a Norwegian International Polar Year Project called EALAT: Reindeer Pastoralism in a Changing Climate. This project is combining NASA Earth science satellite data and observations with ground-based observations by Norwegian reindeer herders to better understand changes in the state and quality of pasturelands and migration routes in response to changes in climate, environment, and development.