Executive Director, Institute for Broadening Participation (BP) | Theme 3 Co-Investigator
Interests Aquatic radiogeochemistry, facilitating research and professional development experiences for students representing diverse socioeconomic, cultural, gender, racial and academic backgrounds.
Dr. Ashanti Johnson is the Executive Director of the Institute for Broadening Participation. She has served as a faculty member for the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, the Savannah State University Marine Science Program, the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science, and most recently the University of Texas at Arlington Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. A chemical oceanographer, her scientific research activities focus on the use of biogeochemical indicators to interpret past events that have impacted the marine, estuarine and freshwater environments in the Arctic, as well as in coastal regions of Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Johnson’s professional development and diversity-focused scholarly activities are designed to facilitate research and professional development experiences for students representing diverse socioeconomic, cultural, gender, racial and academic backgrounds. She is the director for the NASA and NSF-funded Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science Initiative and the PI of the NSF-funded Pathways to Ocean Science Project. Dr. Johnson has also served on the NSF Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education, American Geophysical Union Committee on Education and Human Resources and Subcommittee on Diversity, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Education Committee, and the COSEE: Ocean Systems Advisory Board. In 2010 she received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
Dr. Johnson will be a co-Investigator for Theme 3 with a focus on building ties with minority-serving institutions and expanding opportunities for under-represented groups in oceanographical research.