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Dr. J. Ryan Spackman, the Associate Director for Science and Strategy of the Science Directorate

Ryan Spackman, PhD

Associate Director for Science and Strategy for the Science Directorate, Ames Research Center

Professional Background

Dr. Ryan Spackman is the Associate Director for Science and Strategy at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Previously he held the title of Division Chief of the Earth Science Division where he directed an organization of scientists and technologists that conduct Earth system science research. Prior to joining NASA Ames in 2017, Ryan coordinated interagency airborne science investigations that examined weather and climate phenomena. He served in interdisciplinary research and program management positions at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado for 12 years. From 2011 to 2017, he was a program manager for Science and Technology Corporation (STC) in the Physical Sciences Division at ESRL and led integrated observing studies including the NOAA El Niño Rapid Response Field Campaign. He also conducted aircraft measurements of atmospheric aerosols in the Chemical Sciences Division at ESRL for the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2005 to 2011 participating in numerous NASA, NOAA, DOE, and NSF climate and air quality field campaigns.

Dr. Spackman earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric science in 2004 and completed postdoctoral research in the Harvard University Atmospheric Research Project. He graduated with an Sc.B. degree in chemistry from Brown University in 1995.