In 2004, Kat Potter was a wunderkind undergraduate honors student at The College of William and Mary working with The Center for Conservation Biology, VIMS, and the Chemistry Department investigating levels of brominated fire retardants in eggs of peregrine falcons. Kat was a brilliant and passionate student with a clear focus on the future of the environment. Following her graduation with highest honors from William and Mary, Kat enrolled in the Graduate Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate at MIT. There she designed, constructed, and utilized an instrument to measure nitrous oxide composition in the atmosphere allowing for the measurement of greenhouse gas sources and budgets and completed her PhD in 2011.
For the past 9 months, Kat has been the lead scientist working to establish the first atmospheric/climate observatory in Africa. The site of the observatory is atop Mount Karisimbi in Rwanda. If successful, the observatory will become part of the Advanced Atmospheric Gases Experiment, a worldwide network of stations funded by NASA and NOAA. In addition to establishing the observatory, Kat is training future Rwandan scientists, technicians, and academics to collaborate in the world’s efforts to monitor climate change.
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June 12, 2013