Marilé Colón Robles

Marilé Colón Robles
Contact Information
Organization:Science Directorate, Science Systems and Applications Inc. (SSAI)
NASA Langley Research Center
21 Langley Blvd.
MS – 475, Bldg 150, Rm 147
Hampton, VA 23681
Phone Number: 757-864-8672
  • Principal Investigator of NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE; partnership between NASA GLOBE Clouds and the Zooniverse online platform.
  • Project Scientist for NASA GLOBE Clouds; matching citizen science cloud observations submitted through The GLOBE Program and the program's GLOBE Observer app to satellite data. 


Marilé Colón Robles is a senior outreach educator for the Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center with Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Marilé works with students and teachers in the U.S. and around the world on how to engage in real-world STEM activities and in authentic science through the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. Mrs. Colón Robles is the recipient of the 2017 Women of Color STEM Award for Educational Leadership – Corporate Promotion of Education. Marilé began her career at NASA Langley in 2010 as part of the Hispanic Education Initiative’s bilingual website NASA y Tú (NASA and You) in partnership with Univision Communications, Inc. She also did educator professional developments in culturally relevant teaching and STEM equity. Prior to working at NASA Langley, Marilé was a graduate research assistant examining interactions between clouds and aerosols and their impact on Earth’s energy balance while earning her graduate degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mrs. Colón Robles was born and raised in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls, an accomplished musician, and an avid volleyball player. 

Marilé Colón Robles, recipient of 2017 Women of Color STEM Award for Educational Leardership.
Marilé Colón Robles, recipient of 2017 Women of Color STEM Award for Educational Leardership.
Professional Information
Primary Forum:Earth Science
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My Publications (journals, blogs, products):

Colón Robles, M. (2021, July/August). Cloud Watching for NASA. Cricket MUSE Science and Exploration for Inquisitive Minds, 25, 26-27.

Colón Robles, M., Amos, H. M., Dodson, J. B., Bouwman, J., Rogerson, T. M., Bombosch, A., Farmer, L., & Taylor, J. E. (2020). Clouds around the world: How a simple data challenge became a worldwide success. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E1201–E1213,

Amos, H.M, M.J. Starke, T.M. Rogerson, M. Colón Robles, T. Andersen, R. Boger, B. Campbell, R. D. Low, P. Nelson, D. Overoye, J.E. Taylor, K.L. Weaver, T.M. Ferrell, H. Kohl (2020). GLOBE Observer Data: 2016-2019 Earth and Space Science, 7, e2020EA001175.

Jensen, J.B., Beaton, S.T., Stith, J.L., Schwenz, K., Colón Robles, M., Rauber, R., Gras, J., (2020). The Giant Nucleus Impactor (GNI) – A System for the Impaction and Automated Optical Sizing of Giant Aerosol Particles with Emphasis on Sea Salt. Part I: Basic Instrument and Algorithms. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 37, 1551–1569,

Colón Robles, M., Bouwman, J., and Smith-Long, C., (2019). Integrating Tech: Making Science Come Alive With Clouds. NSTA Science Scope, vol. 43, no. 4, November 2019. pp. 8-12.

L. Hayden, J. Taylor and M. Colon Robles, "GLOBE: Connecting to Community of Observers Directly to NASA Satellites [Education]," in IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 98-99, March 2019,

Dodson, J.B., Colón Robles, M., Taylor J.E., DeFontes, C.C., Weaver K.L., (2019). Eclipse Across America: Citizen Science Observations of the 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Journal of Applied Meteorology & Climatology,

Colón Robles, M., M. Thrash, C. Walker, and K. Brush (2017),  NASA STEM Digital Badges for Educators and Their Students: A Pilot Program Bringing STEM into Middle Schools using NASA Langley Research Center’s Centennial Celebration – accepted for July 2017 publication to Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership.

Rauber, R.M., G. Zhao, L. Di Girolamo and M. Colón-Robles (2013), Aerosol size distribution variability near Caribbean trade cumulus clouds: effects of humidity, cloud processing, and implications for spaced-based lidar backscatter measurements, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70, 3063-3083, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-12-0105.1 .

Colón-Robles, M., R. M. Rauber, and J. B. Jensen (2006), Influence of low-level wind speed on droplet spectra near cloud base in trade wind cumulus, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L20814, doi:10.1029/2006GL027487.