Maria Molina

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Project Scientist
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Dr. Maria J. Molina (she/her) is a Project Scientist working in the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. Beginning Fall 2022, Maria will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. Maria’s research focuses on the application of machine learning for weather and climate problems. She earned a doctoral degree from the Earth and Ecosystem Science Program at Central Michigan University, a master's degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Florida State University. Maria previously worked as a broadcast meteorologist on national cable news based in New York City and as a middle school Earth and Space Science teacher. In addition to atmospheric and climate research, she is passionate about early career scientist issues and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Maria grew up in South Florida, currently lives in Colorado with her Maltese dog named Cumulus, and enjoys alpine (downhill) skiing.