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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Noortje Grijseels

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Noortje Grijseels works in Diane Pataki’s lab at the University of Utah. She received her MS in Aquatic Biology at the University of Amsterdam and moved to the arid West to study urban landscapes. She studies water use of parks and residential yards, with on-site measurements and remote sensing data. Her work focuses on turf grass lawns and water-wise alternatives. While she misses the abundance of water in the Netherlands, Noortje can’t get enough of the Wasatch Range and the south desert. She loves the mountains for rock climbing and skiing, and she loves riding bikes around town or on trails. At home she can usually be found cooking or baking bread.