Image: Science Instructor Nicole MoldersNicole Mölders, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences; University of Cologne, ‘83 B.S., ‘88 M.S., ‘92 Ph.D.; University of Leipzig, ‘99 habilitation (second Ph.D.). Since 1994, Mölders has been engaged in the field of hydrometeorology with a focus on modeling biosphere-soil-atmosphere processes. In close cooperation with hydrologists and geologists she coupled a hydrologic and meteorological model and developed an integrative hydrometeorological model. She led several projects to study ground water recharge, dry deposition of reactive atmospheric trace gases, water availability under changed climate conditions, and impact of land-use changes on weather and climate. From 1999-2001 she was honored as a Heisenberg Fellow for Physical Hydrology, a prestigious award conferred by the DFG. Her career in America dates back to 1989, when she worked as a guest scientist at State University of New York (Albany). In 2000, she worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, Colorado). In 2001, she joined the Geophysical Institute and the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. There she continues her research, focusing on the Arctic, along with teaching activities. Since 1995, in Germany and the U.S., she has taught cloud physics, satellite meteorology, physical hydrometeorology, paleoclimatology, parameterization of hydrometeorological processes, numerical modeling and parameterization methods, and introduction to atmospheric science. Since 2000, she has worked with hydrologists, climatologists, soil scientists and environmental engineers to write a book on the coupling of different compartments of the earth system for researchers, scientists, and advanced students.

Mölders is serving as a STEP Science Instructor in 2008, when the featured topic is Earth Science.