Equisha Glenn is a graduate student in the Earth Systems Science and Environmental Engineering program at the City College of New York (CCNY), lead institution of NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing and Technology (CREST). She has always had a strong interest in STEM subjects as they relate to society and the environment, which led her to earn two bachelor degrees: a B.S in Biology (York College) and a B.E. in Earth Systems Science and Environmental Engineering (CCNY). Highly motivated to apply her academic knowledge to real-world projects, Equisha applied to the NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing and Technology (CREST) Center and has been a research fellow with CREST and the CCNY Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability (ESES) Graduate Initiative program since 2012.
Equisha’s current research involves the study of climate trends in the Caribbean and surrounding region under the guidance of her mentors Drs. Jorge E. González (CCNY), Thomas Smith (NOAA) and Daniel Comarazamy (NOAA). During an experiential research experience at NOAA NCWCP, she laid the groundwork for this study using NOAA’s Optimum Interpolated Sea Surface Temperature (OISST) product to analyze historical Caribbean SST trends. Since then, her goal to highlight the significance of the region’s climate phenomena due to its influence on the U.S. and neighboring countries is progressively coming to fruition. In addition to the publication of her article “Detection of recent regional sea surface temperature warming in the Caribbean and surrounding region” in Geophysical Research Letters, the article was selected by the AGU as a “Research Spotlightoffsite link” on the journal’s website.
As part of the Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program (GRTSP) class of 2015, she looks forward to the opportunity to continue advancing her research and making contributions to the scientific community. Her interests are in water resources and climate, specifically the impact of climate on sensitive ecosystems and the implications for water resources.