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Jodi Berdis

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Staff Scientist
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  • 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. 

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) Description
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

Scholarly Publications

Europa’s surface water ice crystallinity: Discrepancy between observations and thermophysical and particle flux modeling

Icarus, 2020
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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2020.113660