Melisa Diaz

PhD Student, School of Earth Sciences
Graduate Student

I am in my final year as a PhD candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow studying the surface geochemistry of ice-free areas in the Transantarctic Mountains. I became involved in polar research after a field campaign to Summit, Greenland in 2014 and began Antarctic research during my MSc, where I studied the geochemistry of wind-blown materials in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. My dissertation research focuses on understanding patterns of biogeography and ecosystem assembly following large scale changes in climate through detailed interpretations of salt concentrations from samples collected along the Shackleton Glacier, Antarctica. I have spent two field seasons in Antarctica (2017 and 2018) at both large stations and smaller field camps and I am one of few Latinas to visit both polar regions. I am the former president and current outreach coordinator of the Ohio State chapter of Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Areas of Expertise
  • Environmental Geochemistry
Education
  • M.S. School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2017
  • B.S. Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester, 2014