Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Stephanie Schollaert Uz

(Applied Sciences Manager)


Org Code: 610

Mail Code: 610
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA

Brief Bio

Stephanie Schollaert Uz is the Applied Sciences Manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she leads activities to advance the practical application of NASA data and science, connecting researchers across the Earth Sciences Division with end users, developing external partnerships, and fostering innovative uses of Earth observations for societal benefit. She leads a team that convenes working groups with scientists and stakeholders around Food Security, Air Quality & Health, Climate & Environmental Health, Disasters, Mission Applications, and the Chesapeake Bay. Her research focuses on the response of marine and aquatic ecosystems to physical forcing through the use of satellite data, in situ measurements, model output and statistical reconstructions. Dr. Schollaert Uz is the Principal Investigator on research projects exploring ways to apply remote sensing to identify water quality issues for aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay. These and many other Applied Sciences activities inform NASA’s upcoming spectroscopy missions, i.e. Plankton Aerosol Cloud ocean Ecosystem (PACE), launching in 2024, and a Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) mission after that. She has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Physical Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and B.S. in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy.


2021 Arthur S. Flemming Award for Applied Science and Engineering

Selected Publications


Amos, H. M., N. K. Skaff, S. Schollaert Uz, et al. F. S. Policelli, D. Slayback, E. Macorps, M. J. Jo, K. Patel, C. A. Keller, P. Abue, V. Buchard, and A. K. Werner. 2023. Public Health Data Applications Using the CDC Tracking Network: Augmenting Environmental Hazard Information With Lower‐Latency NASA Data GeoHealth 7 (12): [10.1029/2023gh000971]

Schiavon, E., A. Taramelli, A. Tornato, et al. C. M. Lee, J. C. Luvall, S. Schollaert Uz, P. A. Townsend, V. Cima, S. Geraldini, A. Nguyen Xuan, E. Valentini, and C. E. Miller. 2023. Maximizing Societal Benefit Across Multiple Hyperspectral Earth Observation Missions: A User Needs Approach Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 128 (12): [10.1029/2023jg007569]

Dierssen, H. M., M. Gierach, L. S. Guild, et al. A. Mannino, J. Salisbury, S. Schollaert Uz, J. Scott, P. A. Townsend, K. Turpie, M. Tzortziou, E. Urquhart, R. Vandermeulen, and P. J. Werdell. 2023. Synergies Between NASA's Hyperspectral Aquatic Missions PACE, GLIMR, and SBG: Opportunities for New Science and Applications Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 128 (10): [10.1029/2023jg007574]

Stavros, E. N., J. Chrone, K. Cawse‐Nicholson, et al. A. Freeman, N. F. Glenn, L. Guild, R. Kokaly, C. Lee, J. Luvall, R. Pavlick, B. Poulter, S. S. Uz, S. Serbin, D. R. Thompson, P. A. Townsend, K. Turpie, K. Yuen, K. Thome, W. Wang, S. Zareh, J. Nastal, D. Bearden, C. E. Miller, and D. Schimel. 2022. Designing an Observing System to Study the Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) of the Earth in the 2020s Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences [10.1029/2021jg006471]

Lee, C. M., N. F. Glenn, E. N. Stavros, et al. J. Luvall, K. Yuen, C. Hain, and S. Schollaert Uz. 2022. Systematic Integration of Applications into the Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) Earth Mission Architecture Study Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 127 (4): [10.1029/2021jg006720]

Uz, S. S., T. J. Ames, N. Memarsadeghi, et al. S. M. McDonnell, N. V. Blough, A. V. Mehta, and J. R. McKay. 2020. Supporting Aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect Poor Water Quality with Remote Sensing IGARSS 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium [10.1109/igarss39084.2020.9323465]

Wolny, J. L., M. C. Tomlinson, S. Schollaert Uz, et al. T. A. Egerton, J. R. McKay, A. Meredith, K. S. Reece, G. P. Scott, and R. P. Stumpf. 2020. Current and Future Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Chesapeake Bay to Support the Shellfish Industry Frontiers in Marine Science 7 [10.3389/fmars.2020.00337]

Hakimdavar, R., A. Hubbard, F. Policelli, et al. A. Pickens, M. Hansen, T. Fatoyinbo, D. Lagomasino, N. Pahlevan, S. Unninayar, A. Kavvada, M. Carroll, B. Smith, M. Hurwitz, D. Wood, and S. Schollaert Uz. 2020. Monitoring Water-Related Ecosystems with Earth Observation Data in Support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 Reporting Remote Sensing 12 (10): 1634 [10.3390/rs12101634]

Schollaert Uz, S., G. E. Kim, A. Mannino, P. J. Werdell, and M. Tzortziou. 2019. Developing a Community of Practice for Applied Uses of Future PACE Data to Address Marine Food Security Challenges Frontiers in Earth Science 7 [10.3389/feart.2019.00283]

McNally, A., S. McCartney, A. C. Ruane, et al. I. E. Mladenova, A. K. Whitcraft, I. Becker-Reshef, J. D. Bolten, C. D. Peters-Lidard, C. Rosenzweig, and S. Schollaert Uz. 2019. Hydrologic and Agricultural Earth Observations and Modeling for the Water-Food Nexus Frontiers in Environmental Science 7 pp. 23 [10.3389/fenvs.2019.00023]

Schollaert Uz, S., A. C. Ruane, B. N. Duncan, et al. C. J. Tucker, G. J. Huffman, I. E. Mladenova, B. Osmanoglu, T. R. Holmes, A. McNally, C. Peters-Lidard, J. D. Bolten, N. Das, M. Rodell, S. McCartney, M. C. Anderson, and B. Doorn. 2019. Earth Observations and Integrative Models in Support of Food and Water Security Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Sciences [10.1007/s41976-019-0008-6]

Schollaert Uz, S., A. J. Busalacchi, T. M. Smith, et al. M. N. Evans, C. W. Brown, and E. C. Hackert. 2017. Interannual and decadal variability in tropical Pacific chlorophyll from a statistical reconstruction: 1958-2008 Journal of Climate 30 7293-7315 [10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0202.1]

Schollaert Uz, S. 2016. Building Intuition for In-Water Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing: Spectrophotometer Activity with littleBits™,English Oceanography 29 (1): 98-103 [10.5670/oceanog.2016.01]

Brown, C. W., S. Schollaert Uz, and B. H. Corliss. 2014. Seasonality of oceanic primary production and its interannual variability from 1998 to 2007 Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 90 166-175 [10.1016/j.dsr.2014.05.009]

Schollaert Uz, S., W. Ackerman, J. O'Leary, et al. B. Culbertson, P. Rowley, and P. A. Arkin. 2014. The Effectiveness of Science on a Sphere Stories to Improve Climate Literacy Among the General Public Journal of Geoscience Education 62 (3): 485-494 [10.5408/13-075.1]

Schollaert Uz, S., C. W. Brown, A. K. Heidinger, T. J. Smyth, and R. Murtugudde. 2013. Monitoring a Sentinel Species from Satellites: Detecting Emiliania huxleyi in 25 Years of AVHRR Imagery Satellite-based Applications on Climate Change 277-288 [10.1007/978-94-007-5872-8_18]

Professional Service

2018-2021 Chair, Robert H Goddard Memorial Symposium Planning Committee

Professional Societies


1988 - Present


2015 - Present


2016 - Present

Selected Public Outreach

ClimateBits: Earth science concepts made simple

2015 - 2019

Short visualizations for YouTube, Hyperwall, and Science On a Sphere depict essential climate science concepts using imagery and narration to make them easily accessible to the general public.