Kristen L. K. Weaver

Kristen L. K. Weaver

  • Outreach Coordinator
  • 301.614.6146
  • 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

    10/2016 - Present

    Deputy Coordinator, GLOBE Observer Project

    NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    9/2013 - 9/2018

    Education & Outreach Specialist

    Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (USRA, then SSAI), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    6/2012 - 9/2013

    Master Teacher

    Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (USRA), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    8/2007 - 6/2013

    Teacher, Sixth and Eighth Grade Science

    Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools, Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology, Rockville, MD
    6/2011 - 8/2011

    Guest Researcher, Research Experience for Teachers

    National Institute of Standards and Technology, Polymers Division, Gaithersburg, MD
    8/2005 - 5/2007

    Teacher, Sixth Grade Math/Science

    Denver (Colorado) Public Schools, Kepner Middle School, Denver, CO
    1/2016 - 9/2016

    Outreach Specialist, GLOBE Observer Project

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

    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

    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: [Full Text (Link)] [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): [Full Text (Link)] [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): [Full Text (Link)] [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: San Francisco: 501-509, ISBN: 978-1-58381-921-0. [Full Text (Link)]

    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: San Francisco: 511-524, ISBN: 978-1-58281-921-0. [Full Text (Link)]

    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 [Full Text (Link)]

    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.

    Publications

    Refereed

    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 [Full Text (Link)] [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): [Full Text (Link)] [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): [Full Text (Link)] [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 [Full Text (Link)]

    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 [Full Text (Link)]

    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 [Full Text (Link)]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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