COF Steering Committee


  • Rana Fine (Chair), University of Miami, Pinecrest, FL
  • Ana Barros (Co-Chair), Duke University, Durham, NC


  • Catherine Chauvel, ISTerre Institute of Earth Sciences, Grenoble, France
  • Steven Constable, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • Cynthia Ebinger, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • John Farrington, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Falmouth, MA
  • Andrew Gleadow, University of Melbourne
  • Steven Goldstein, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY
  • Gordon Grant, USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station, Corvallis, OR
  • Masaru Kono, Tokyo institute of Technology (retired)
  • Susan Lozier, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • W. Berry Lyons, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Scott McLennan, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  • Bette Otto-Bliesner, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
  • Diane Pataki, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • William Reeburgh, University of California Irvine, Vancouver, Washington
  • Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Tilman Spohn, German Aerospace Center DLR Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Yingwei Fei, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Washington, DC

Staff Liaisons

  • Artesha Moore
  • Billy Williams

Roles and Responsibilities

Primary Role

Appointees to the AGU College of Fellows Steering Team will serve with 12-15 colleagues from across AGU to help plan, guide and support the work of the newly established AGU College of Fellows. The Steering Team’s goal is to achieve success in executing the College of Fellows Mission, with success metrics to be established by the team. In executing this role, College of Fellows Steering team members are asked to provide strategic leadership in the guidance and coordination of College of Fellows topical sub-teams. Based on a survey of the broader AGU Fellows community, the planned 2017-2018 College of Fellows sub-teams will focus primarily on establishing vibrant Fellows engagement in each of these four areas (1) Mentorship of Younger Scientists, (2) Establishing a Distinguished Fellows Lecture Series, (3) Active Engagement in Leading an AGU Centennial Event, and (4) Launch of an Annual AGU Fellows Town Hall Meeting. The leaders of each respective topical sub-team will automatically serve as a College of Fellows Steering Team member. Steering team members will also work with AGU Governance to define and implement the longer-term governance structure for the College of Fellows.


  • Actively participate in three 90-minute virtual meetings, and one face-to-face meeting each calendar year to help guide the work of the AGU College of Fellows
  • Attend and help lead College of Fellows events at the AGU Annual meeting
  • Help promote and make recommendations for new AGU College of Fellows initiatives based on needs of AGU and COF members
  • Serve as a positive model for collaboration and influence with the broader AGU Fellows Community and with AGU Board and Council leaders.
  • Steering Team members who are also topical sub-team leaders will have additional meeting participation requirements with their teams- drawn from the broader pool of AGU Fellows.


  • AGU Communication tools connecting the full community of AGU Fellows
  • AGU DataMart and metadata profile of the AGU College of Fellows community
  • AGU staff support for establishing meeting dates, scheduling conference calls, and virtual meeting tools
  • A senior level AGU staff-partner to help facilitate the work of the Steering team.