#WomeninWater for #WomensHistoryMonth continues with CWH's own Staff Scientist, Ari Jong. Ari leads the design and implementation of performance monitoring programs for green infrastructure projects in the greater Los Angeles area. She is responsible for training and coordinating field teams to conduct stormwater and stream monitoring, as well as analyzing and presenting data related to performance monitoring of green infrastructure. As a Staff Scientist, Ari also leads on science communication, education, and outreach, which is one of her favorite parts of her job. She graduated from Chapman University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy and looks forward to pursuing her Ph.D. in the fall of 2018 focused on understanding how green infrastructure can be designed to mitigate the impact of climate change on water resources in Southern California.
Ari’s passion is focused on using science education and stakeholder engagement as tools for finding solutions to climate change and its associated impacts on water resources.
What was the path that brought you to where you are today?
It all started when I saw the film An Inconvenient Truth in high school; the film impressed upon me the urgency and magnitude of climate change and inspired me to take action. I applied to colleges as an Environmental Science major and as an undergraduate, started doing research on topics like the greenhouse gas production of wetland and artic soils. During a research internship at the Department of Energy national laboratory, I asked several scientists what they thought would be the most significant environmental issue in the future – virtually all of them said “water.” Since then, I’ve been focused on learning more about the impact of climate change on our water resources and how I can use my research and communication skills as a Staff Scientist to both generate new knowledge on the topic and convey that knowledge to the public.
What female leader inspires you?
Rachel Carson, late scientist and writer most famous for her authorship of Silent Spring, is an inspiration to me not only because she was well-known woman in science, but also