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New Earth Sciences Staff Springs into Action, 2019

Ingrid Padilla (program director), Donnisha Peacock (program specialist intern)

Ingrid Padilla (program director), Donnisha Peacock (program specialist intern)

April 1, 2019

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) welcomes a new program director and program specialist intern. Ingrid Padilla, program director for Hydrologic sciences, joins us from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Her expertise is in contaminant and groundwater hydrology, although her research extends over a wide range of systems and scales. Ingrid received her Ph.D. in hydrology from University of Arizona, M.S. in water resources science from University of Michigan and B.S. in natural resources science and management from University of Maryland, College Park.

Donnisha Peacock joins Earth Sciences after serving nearly 5 years in the U.S Navy as a logistics supply specialist. She worked on a shore command, supporting the submarine community. Donnisha was also stationed in Japan working on an aircraft carrier. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business.

The division is grateful for the service of program directors, David Fountain and Venkat Lakshmi, who left NSF for retirement and to continue research at Virginia Tech, respectively. The division also appreciates the dedicated service of Yasmin Adwali, who retired with 30 years as a program specialist in EAR, and Nadine Mckenzie, who retired after serving NSF in a variety of roles.


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