Kendra Hart

Kendra Hart
Northern Arizona University


Student at Northern Arizona University (NAU)

NASA Climate Change Fellowship Researcher

NAU Teaching Greenhouse Technician


I am studying Biology at NAU. I will graduate in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology.

Research Focus

I am currently studying progressive long-term climate change affects on vegetation along an elevation gradient in northern Arizona.  My research is focused on documenting changes in plant productivity and species composition within the four ecosystems on the C. Hart Merriam elevation gradient that includes the Great Basin desert, grassland, pinyon-juniper and ponderosa-pine. 

Other Achievements, Honors, Awards

Northern Arizona University:

  • President of NAU Botany Club
  • ‘Regular’ member of Tri Beta National Biological Honors Society
  • Member of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honors Society
  • Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
  • Dean’s List for 3 years
  • Merit Scholarship
  • Raymond Scholarship

Big-picture Career Goal

I plan to attend graduate school in 2013. I am interested in research on the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the interaction and dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic processes. My goal is to obtain the education and relevant experience needed for a career position in research or applied science with renowned organizations such as NASA, NOAA, or USGS, and private research or academic institutions.

Personal Note

I greatly enjoy spending time participating in outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking, different strength/conditioning workouts, and various competitive sports such as volleyball and rock climbing. I also enjoy volunteering with various scientific organizations to broaden my knowledge and experience.

Current Projects

I have a NASA Climate Change Research Fellowship through the NAU Biology Department, where I am researching the affects of climate change on plant productivity and species composition. Also, I am the NAU technician for the Teaching Greenhouse, where I am responsible for maintaining the health of plants for research and classroom applications.