Keith Gaddis, Biodiversity and Eco Forecasting Program

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Dr. Keith Gaddis is the senior support scientist for the NASA Biological Diversity and Ecological Forecasting programs at NASA Headquarters. These programs advance the study of biological diversity in the air, on land, and in water using observations from satellites, airborne and seaborne platforms, and in situ surveys. These capabilities are then leveraged to build decision support tools that analyze and forecast ecosystem change and inform effective resource management.

Keith received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science. He completed his PhD in Biology at UCLA in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is a former AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University, and Peace Corps volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

Keith is an ecologist and biogeographer by training with expertise using remote sensing and genetics to address questions in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. He has worked in ecosystems across Africa, South America, Europe, and North America examining how environmental disturbances have shaped natural history and determine future population viability. Keith is a vocal advocate for science communication and the use of science for public decision making.

At NASA, Keith manages the budget and panel review process, facilitates award funding, supports investigator reporting and collaboration, and prepares internal and external communications materials for the Biological Diversity and Ecological Forecasting programs. Keith represents NASA in several interagency relationships with other executive branch (e.g. NSF, DOI, and EPA) and private organizations (e.g. Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic, and Microsoft). Keith is involved in several NASA Earth Science Division and NASA Science Mission Directorate efforts to open transparency and opportunity across NASA funded activities