Kerstin Lehnert is Doherty Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the NSF-funded data facility IEDA (Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance). Kerstin holds a PhD in Petrology from the University of Freiburg in Germany. Over the past 15 years, her work has mostly centered on the development of community-driven data infrastructures for the solid Earth sciences and, in particular, on using cyberinfrastructure to improve access and sharing of Earth and space science data and physical samples, and on advancing data access and the data sharing culture in ‘small data’ communities. Kerstin is currently member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, Chair of the EarthCube Leadership Council, President of the Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union, member of the AGU Council Leadership Team, and President of the IGSN e.V..

Fun facts: I love my 6 cats, running and exercising, and Bruce Springsteen concerts.