Together, the EarthCube Science Support Office (ESSO) staff brings over five decades of project management, program administration, and communications experience to help the EarthCube community realize its full potential and vision. ESSO provides logistical, administrative, and communications support to EarthCube’s governing bodies and to the EarthCube community at large.
Mohan Ramamurthy, PI and Project Director (email)
Dr. Mohan Ramamurthy is the PI and Project Director for the ESSO, as well as the Director of UCAR’s Unidata Program, and is a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Dr. Ramamurthy studied weather processes and prediction, including mesoscale phenomena such as snowbands, gravity waves, and hurricanes, and conducted research in data assimilation and ensemble forecasting for 25 years. His current interests are focused on information technology, interactive, multimedia instruction and learning, scientific data services, and more broadly the application of cyberinfrastructure in the geosciences. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers on many topics in meteorology, information technology, and geoscience education.
Before joining UCAR in 2003, Dr. Ramamurthy spent nearly 17 years on the faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Poona in India. He earned his Ph. D. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, where his doctoral research dealt with the analysis of data and modeling of disturbances associated with monsoons. Dr. Ramamurthy is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
James Davies, Project Manager (email)
James has 14 years of experience as a project manager, including nine supporting research at the state and federal government level. This included facilitating a pooled-fund study which brought together Departments of Transportation from around the country and world, working together to carry out research studies for the benefit of all members. James has worked in traditional and agile methodologies, ranging from physical equipment installation to software and app development. He has led cross-functional teams of varying size and has a proven track record for implementation. James is a certified PMP, ScrumMaster, PMI-ACP and Microsoft Professional.
James will act as the project manager for UCAR’s EarthCube Science Support Office - helping to increase its usability and open it up to a wider and more engaged audience. James will support the Leadership Council and National Science Foundation, and help the ESSO team to deliver on projects to further develop EarthCube. Outside of work, James is a nationally-licensed soccer coach and educator, and enjoys traveling to remote parts of the world with his two young children.
Lynne Schreiber, Project Coordinator (email)
Lynne brings to EarthCube over 10 years of experience excelling as a program coordinator for both the nuclear power industry and international agricultural development community. Her expertise involves developing and implementing systems of organization that foster collaborative efforts and minimize the need for micromanagement.
In her role at ESSO, Lynne manages the operation and activities of the Committees, Teams, and Working Groups. She also supports community engagement efforts by promoting EarthCube at annual meetings and conferences and assists the Leadership Council and Organizing Committee organize and execute the annual EarthCube All Hands Meeting. In her spare time Lynne is often found hiking in Colorado’s high country or creating works of art in her pottery studio.
Julie Petro, Communication Specialist (email)
Julie is in her element when assisting organizations in identifying communication pain points and opportunities, then crafting impactful written solutions to highlight strengths and achieve goals. She comes to EarthCube with over 10 years experience working with the geosciences community as a communications manager at NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL.)
At ESSO, she supports the EarthCube community with all things communications, including developing and implementing communications plans, facilitating outreach and engagement, creating and curating content for the EarthCube website and social media channels, composing informational materials for workshops and conferences, and managing EarthCube’s newsletters. She prefers doing most of this to a backdrop of jazz, and when she’s not in her communications role she spends much of her time painting, or simply enjoying gorgeous Colorado.
Inken Purvis, Administrative Support (email)
Inken is ESSO's travel and logistics maven. She brings over 20 years of experience in initiating, coordinating, and planning a variety of administrative and logistical functions, and has worked in data informatics, marketing, publishing, and pharmaceutical industries.