Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Erika Kohler

(Research AST, Planetary Studies)

Erika Kohler's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.5756
Org Code: 691
Mail Code 691
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Missions & Projects


Research Space Scientist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

June 2019 - Present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

2016 - 2019

NASA Graduate Research Fellow

NASA & University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, AR

2013 - 2016

Harriet G. Jenkins Graduate Research Fellow


PhD in Space and Planetary Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Dissertation Title: "Investigating Mineral Stability under Venus Conditions: A Focus on the Venus Radar Anomalies"

BS in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Minors in Math and Astronomy

Professional Societies

D.C. Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

Vice Chairperson

2018 - Present

American Geophysical Union

2013 - Present

American Meteorological Society

2009 - Present

Professional Service

Session Chair for Lunar & Planetary Science Conference - 2019

Session Chair & Convener for American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting - 2018, 2019

Student member, American Meteorological Society Committee on Space Weather - 2016

Member of VEXAG Early Career Scholars - 2015–Present

Volunteer, VEXAG Early Career Scholars Focus Group - 2014–2015

External reviewer, panel member and panel chair for several NASA grant programs 


Selected Finalist AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship - 2018, 2019
Selected for Planetary Science Winter School - 2018
NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - 2016
NASA Student Ambassador - 2014
NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Graduate Research Fellowship - 2013–2016
Arkansas Space Grant Consortium Award - 2013
Arkansas Space Grant Consortium STEM award - 2013
Arkansas Space Grant Consortium Award - 2010

Selected Publications


2020. "Investigation into the radar anomaly on Venus: The effect of Venus conditions on bismuth, tellurium, and sulfur mixtures." Icarus 336 113432 [10.1016/j.icarus.2019.113432] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "The thermal structure of the Venus atmosphere: Intercomparison of Venus Express and ground based observations of vertical temperature and density profiles." Icarus 294 124-155 [10.1016/j.icarus.2017.04.020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Radar Anomaly (Venus)." Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms [Article in Book]


2018. "Highly Volcanic Exoplanets, Lava Worlds, and Magma Ocean Worlds: An Emerging Class of Dynamic Exoplanets of Significant Scientific Priority." ArXiv e-prints [Journal Article/Letter]