Aparna Bamzai-Dodson came to the NC CASC from the South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC), where she worked as University Assistant Director. She has a B.S. in Statistics and Mathematics from Virginia Tech and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University with a focus on Global Environmental Change and has completed the coursework toward her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her academic research has focused on atmosphere-soil moisture interactions. She recently began to pursue her Ph.D. part-time through the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, with a focus on climate adaptation and co-production of knowledge. Her work at the SC CSC included overseeing CSC operations, planning workshops and trainings, attending and representing the CSC at conferences and meetings, creating outreach materials, revising and completing proposals, supervising staff, developing educational materials, and contributing to CSC projects. Part of her education and training efforts include taking part in leading a summer internship program for undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities and developing an interdisciplinary course for undergraduates, “Managing for a Changing Climate.” She has also worked in private industry in proposal development.