Executive Committee


ESSI leadership positions are elected positions. Nominations are collected in the spring and elections take place during the summer.

President Position Description

Serves 2 years as President-elect, 2 as President, and 2 as past-President. During their term as President-elect and President they have a seat on the AGU council.

The ESSI President is Responsible for:

  • Running the ESSI Executive committee meeting at the fall AGU meeting
  • Helping to develop processes for filling the ESSI executive committee positions
  • Ensuring that ESSI members have a seat on various AGU committees and task forces (e.g., program committee)
  • Communicating AGU events, news, etc. to ESSI membership as appropriate
  • Representing AGU in a variety of venues

Secretary position description

This position only serves a 2 year term but is a good way to find out how AGU and ESSI works and to assess whether AGU leadership is a good fit.

The Secretary is responsible for:

  • Documenting the annual ESSI Executive Committee meeting and any interim meetings
  • Ensuring the ESSI website is updated
  • See AGU’s official guidelines for more information on Section leadership roles and responsibilities.

Current Members

Denise Hills »
Geological Survey of Alabama

Past President
Ruth Duerr »
Ronin Institute


Sarah Ramdeen »
LDEO Columbia University


Jeff de La Beaujardiere
NCAR/CISL Information Systems Division

Awards Chair
Currently Vacant

EU Foreign Liaison
Jane Hart
University of Southampton, UK

Student Rep
Matthew Mage
Northeastern University

Past Leadership

Past President

  • 2009 - 2010: Peter Fox
  • 2011 - 2012: Karen Moe
  • 2013 - 2014: Micheal Piasecki
  • 2015 - 2016: Kerstin Lehnert


  • 2009 - 2010: Karen Moe
  • 2011 - 2012: Micheal Piasecki
  • 2013 - 2014: Kerstin Lehnert
  • 2015 - 2016: Ruth Duerr


  • 2009 - 2010: None
  • 2011 - 2012: Tom Narock
  • 2013 - 2014: Ruth Duerr
  • 2015 - 2016: Anne Wilson