Mona Behl is the Associate Director of Georgia Sea Grant. She also holds public service and academic appointments at the University of Georgia and is a Non-Residential Fellow with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program. All her applied research, education, and Extension projects focus on building the adaptive capacity of local communities to impacts of extreme weather and climate change, preparing people for the future of work, and broadening participation in science. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Behl is passionate about improving access, engagement, and leadership development of women and minorities in science. She serves on the leadership board of Earth Science Women’s Network, co-chairs the Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention (MPOWIR) program, and is a member of the AMS Culture and Inclusion Cabinet, and The Oceanography Society’s (TOS) JEDI committee. Behl is the founding member of AMS Early Career Leadership Academy, and Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship program. She was recently elected to serve on the AMS Council.
Behl earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics (Honors School) from Panjab University (India), and Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Florida State University.