Dr. Allegra LeGrande, Ph.D.

Teaching Scientist-in-Residence, Fall 2017

Dr. Allegra LeGrande of NASA GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies) received her PhD in Earth Sciences from Columbia University in 2007. Since then, she has been working with atmospheric models and methods for reconstructing past climate. Her research focuses on discovering details about the hydrologic cycle in the past and present, in the hopes of improving our ability to understand this part of the climate in the future. 

In conjunction with the special exhibition Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond, Dr. Allegra LeGrande collaborated with Education Staff to create the Family Studio: Science projects and trained the Junior Docents to facilitate them. The workshops, entitled “Isotope Mobile” and “Landscape of Time,” encouraged participants to look at individual elements like water and trees, to uncover the history of a landscape, and to predict what it might look like in the future.

In addition to personally facilitating workshops on Saturday, November 4 and Saturday, December 2, 2017,  Dr. LeGrande gave a public lecture, entitled The Past is Prologue: How Scientists Read the Story of Water, on the history of water on Earth and how changes within its cycle will affect our society in the future, which took place on Wednesday, December 27.