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Introduction to US NSF funding programs
Erica Key
Office of Polar Programs at the U.S. National Science Foundation

Erica Key - Introduction to funding programs at the United States National Science Foundation

Recorded on 19 October 2010

This video is part of an online lecture series coordinated by APECS, US NSF ARCSS Thermokarst Project, and the University of Canterbury to help early career polar researchers navigate their careers. For more information on the full series, visit

Presenter: Erica Key, Associate Program Officer for Arctic System Science in the Office of Polar Programs at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Arctic System Science is one of seven programs within the Arctic Division at NSF, which work in concert to advance Arctic research, cyberinfrastructure, education, and observation. Erica joined NSF with an MSc and PhD in meteorology and physical oceanography from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School for Atmospheric and Marine Science. Her primary research focus has been on cloud radiative forcing, particularly in complex regimes such as the polar regions and areas with aerosol-laden atmospheres or complex oceanic surface features. This work has led her to conduct extensive field studies in each of the world's five oceans, including two IPY campaigns, one in the Arctic, and one in the Antarctic. She has been an invited researcher at the Centre d'etude des Environnements Terrestre et Planetaires (now Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux, Observations Spatiales), a member of the Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee, and a mentor both at sea and on shore to graduate, undergraduate, and elementary students and K-12 science teachers.

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