PhD, Astronomy2021, New Mexico State University
MS, Astronomy2018, New Mexico State University
BS, Astrophysics2015, 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 and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) focus groups 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 the organizer for the Neptune/Triton System Seminar Series (http://neptuneodyssey.jhuapl.edu/Events/), and leads a project dedicated to identifying whether a flyby spacecraft to a potentially hazardous asteriod (PHA) could acquire sufficient imagery for planetary defense characterization. She is especially interested in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives, and serves on the Professional Culture & Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS).
Notable Awards and Leadership
|2021-Present||Member of AAS DPS Professional Culture & Climate Subcommittee|
|2017-2021||NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship|
|2020, 2021||NMSU Scott Murrell Endowed Memorial Scholarship Award, in recognition of professional development and research accomplishment.|
|2016-2021||Group Facilitator of NMSU Inclusive Astronomy|
|2020||Project Manager of JPL Planetary Science Summer School Mission Concept Study|
|2017||President of NMSU Astronomy Graduate Student Organization|