Megan Melamed

Deputy Director

Office of the Director

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL
Boulder, CO 80305 USA

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Megan Melamed received two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in Chemistry and in Spanish Literature, from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She continued her education at the University of Colorado Boulder earning a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering. Megan conducted her Ph.D. research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with the Chemistry and Climate Process group in the Chemical Sciences Division (now Laboratory) of Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) under the guidance of Dr. Susan Solomon.

Upon completion of her doctorate work, Megan received the National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship Program award to conduct research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico. Following her post-doctoral work in Mexico, Megan was awarded an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. As an AAAS fellow, Megan worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a wide breadth of projects on global change research. From 2011-2020 Megan was the Director of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project hosted at the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES). From 2017-2019, Megan was also an Air Quality Consultant to the World Resources Institute (WRI). Following her Directorship of IGAC, Megan served in the role of Scientific Advisor to the Director of the NOAA Chemical Science Laboratory (CSL) as a CIRES Research Scientist for a brief period of time. As of August 2021, Megan is a Federal scientist serving as the Assistant to the Deputy Director, and became Deputy Director in June 2022.


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
M.A. Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
B.A. Chemistry and Spanish Literature, Colby College, Waterville, ME

Current Topics

  • Urban air quality
  • The linkages between air quality and climate change
  • Science-policy engagement
  • Leadership and management
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

last modified: June 6, 2022