Holli Riebeek Kohl

Holli Riebeek Kohl
Contact Information
Organization:Earth Sciences Division
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Email Address:holli.kohl@nasa.gov

Holli Kohl manages the GLOBE Observer Project as part of the GLOBE Program. GLOBE Observer (https://observer.globe.gov/) invites people of all ages to participate in NASA science by collecting environmental observations in support of Earth system science through a smart phone app. Holli coordinates the GLOBE Observer team, which includes staff at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Langley Research Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). GLOBE Observer is funded under the IGES-led NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative: https://science.nasa.gov/science-activation-team/nesec

Holli's love for observing nature began at a young age where she spent hours in her grandfather's wheat and barley fields or exploring the sagebrush-covered hills near her home. She learned to notice when plants started to ripen or when an invasive weed made its way into a crop. Her college job involved testing water and soil for pollution, and the best days were those spent in the field collecting samples. While getting her physics degree at Idaho State University, Holli found a passion for engaging the community in science, so she went on to obtain a graduate degree in science communication from the University of Washington. She began her career at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) as a science writer for the Earth Observatory shortly after graduating. Her other roles at NASA include managing education and communication for the Terra and Landsat missions and coordinating all education and communication for the Earth Sciences Division at NASA GSFC. She discovered citizen science while working on the Terra mission, and began to develop part of what became GLOBE Observer, a land observation project called Adopt a Pixel, during her time with Landsat. 

Holli now lives in New Mexico, where she enjoys hiking through the state's unique rock formations, playing with her family, and making things with yarn. 

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Earth Science
Audiences I Serve:
Types of Programs/Resources I Develop:
My SMD Projects:

Lead, GLOBE Observer (citizen science)

Former Earth Observatory writer

Former E/PO lead for the Terra and Landsat missions.

Science Meetings and Conferences I Usually Attend Annually:
My Professional Societies:

Citizen Science Association

American Geophysical Union

National Association of Science Writers (membership not current)

My Publications (journals, blogs, products):

Amos,H.M.,Starke,M.J.,Rogerson,T., M.,ColónRobles,M.,Andersen,T., Boger,R.,etal.(2020).GLOBE Observerdata:20162019.Earthand SpaceScience,7,e2020EA001175. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EA001175