Mindy Nicewonger

Postdoctoral Fellow
NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory

PhD in Earth System Science, UC Irvine, 2019

BS in Meteorology, Texas A&M University, 2013

Career Path: 

My background is in meteorology and geology from Texas A&M University. I participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in 2012 that led me to the Earth System Science Department at UCI where I participated in ice core research. I'm now a 4th year PhD student in ESS at UCI. My research involves analyzing ice core air bubbles for trace gases to use as proxy records for different biogeochemical cycles (such as biomass burning). I have conducted field work on two separated occasions at the South Pole for my research. I'm a first generation college (and graduate) student! :)


Career Experience: 
Meteorology, Atmospheric science, Atmospheric chemistry, graduate school, climate science
Personal Interests: 
I enjoy being outside, whether at the beach or hiking. I also enjoy gardening, baking, cooking, reading and playing the guitar. I'm heavily involved in a graduate student led outreach group in the ESS Department called CLEAN Education.
As a member of CLEAN, we present climate-science curriculum at a local middle school and to other groups that ask for presentations (churches, businesses, etc).
Type of Students: 
First generation college or graduate students, students interested in applying to graduate school, any student enthusiastic about atmospheric or earth sciences
Number of Students I can Mentor: 
Joined Date: 
4 years 5 months ago
Ideal Mentoring Relationship: 
I prefer to meet in person and/or while doing something fun such as hiking.