Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Kristen L. K. Weaver

(Outreach Coordinator)

 kristen.l.weaver@nasa.gov

 301.614.6146

Org Code: 612

NASA/GSFC
Mail Code: 612
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC

Brief Bio


Kristen Weaver is the Deputy Coordinator for the GLOBE Observer project, which aims to extend the long-standing citizen science and science education program Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) to non-school-based audiences. She was also previously an Outreach Specialist for the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Prior to her work with NASA (as a contractor with Science Systems and Applications, Inc. based out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.), Kristen taught middle school science for eight years in Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) and Denver Public Schools (Colorado), with a primary focus in Earth Science. She holds an M.A. in Education and a B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology, both from the University of Denver.

Current Projects


GLOBE Observer

GLOBE Observer is an app-based citizen science project that allows interested volunteers to submit observations about clouds, land cover, tree height and mosquito habitats, all of which is connected to NASA satellite data in some way, and available for research by students and professional scientists alike. Find out more at observer.globe.gov.


Citizen Science and Eclipses

In addition to the regular tools in the GLOBE Observer app, when a total solar eclipse will pass over GLOBE countries, a special eclipse tool is released, allowing citizen scientists to report air temperature in addition to the other types of data. More information can be found here, observer.globe.gov/eclipse.

Positions/Employment


Deputy Coordinator, GLOBE Observer Project (Lead Outreach Coordinator)

NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.) - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

October 2016 - Present


Outreach Specialist, GLOBE Observer Project

NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (Universities Space Research Association) - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

January 2016 - September 2016


Education & Outreach Specialist

Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (USRA, then SSAI) - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

September 2013 - September 2018


Master Teacher

Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (USRA) - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

June 2012 - September 2013


Teacher, Sixth and Eighth Grade Science

Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools - Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology, Rockville, MD

August 2007 - June 2013



Guest Researcher, Research Experience for Teachers

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Polymers Division - Gaithersburg, MD

June 2011 - August 2011



Teacher, Sixth Grade Math/Science

Denver (Colorado) Public Schools - Kepner Middle School, Denver, CO

August 2005 - May 2007


Education


University of Denver, Combined Licensure and Master’s Program, Denver, Colorado
M.A., June 2006, Education: Curriculum & Instruction, focus on Urban Education, Colorado Teacher License (Provisional), General Elementary Education Endorsement (June 2005)
Maryland Educator Certificate (Standard Professional I) issued July 2007, renewed July 2012 (Advanced Professional); certification areas: Earth Science 7-12, Computer Science 7-12, Elementary Education 1-6 and Middle School, Middle School Mathematics 4-9, Middle School Science 4-9

University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
B.S., June 2004, Computer Science and Psychology dual major; minors in Mathematics and Leadership Studies, Summa Cum Laude, University Honors (Computer Science Department thesis), Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, Pi Mu Epsilon

Publications


Refereed

Enterkine, J., B. A. Campbell, H. Kohl, et al. N. F. Glenn, K. Weaver, D. Overoye, and D. Danke. 2022. The potential of citizen science data to complement satellite and airborne lidar tree height measurements: lessons from The GLOBE Program Environmental Research Letters 17 (7): 075003 [10.1088/1748-9326/ac77a2]

Kohl, H. A., P. V. Nelson, J. Pring, et al. K. L. Weaver, D. M. Wiley, A. B. Danielson, R. M. Cooper, H. Mortimer, D. Overoye, A. Burdick, S. Taylor, M. Haley, S. Haley, J. Lange, and M. E. Lindblad. 2021. GLOBE Observer and the GO on a Trail Data Challenge: A Citizen Science Approach to Generating a Global Land Cover Land Use Reference Dataset Frontiers in Climate 3 [10.3389/fclim.2021.620497]

Amos, H. M., M. J. Starke, T. M. Rogerson, et al. M. Colón Robles, T. Andersen, R. Boger, B. A. Campbell, R. D. Low, P. Nelson, D. Overoye, J. E. Taylor, K. L. Weaver, T. M. Ferrell, H. Kohl, and T. G. Schwerin. 2020. GLOBE Observer Data: 2016–2019 Earth and Space Science 7 (8): [10.1029/2020ea001175]

Dodson, J. B., M. Colon Robles, J. E. Taylor, C. C. DeFontes, and K. L. Weaver. 2019. Eclipse Across America: Citizen Science Observations of the 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Journal of Applied Meteorology & Climatology 58 (8): [10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0297.1]

Non-Refereed

Weaver, K. L., A. L. Davis, and J. D. Giddens. 2019. Can an App Change How You See the World? GLOBE Observer for Interpreters Legacy: The Magazine of the National Association for Interpretation 30 (5): 20-23

Rahman, I. U., K. Czajkowski, J. Yitong, and K. L. Weaver. 2019. Validation of GLOBE Citizen Science Air Temperature Observations Using Data from the Great American Solar Eclipse Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned from the Path of Totality 516 501-509

Weaver, K. L., H. A. Riebeek, A. Martin, and A. Burdick. 2019. How Cool Was the Eclipse? Collecting Earth Science Data With Citizen Scientists and GLOBE Observer Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned from the Path of Totality 516 511-524

Weaver, K. L., D. W. Janney, and H. Davis. 2015. Engaging Audiences About Rain, Snow and Storms: The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission's Rain EnGAUGE The Earth Scientist 30 (2): 23-27