EPP/MSI alumna LaToya Myles, Ph.D. is the Director of the Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) of NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory, and is the first woman and the first Black person to hold this position in the office’s 73-year history.
Myles earned her Ph.D. through the NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center, now the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystemsoffsite link, at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. She conducted research in collaboration with the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory for an interdisciplinary dissertation focusing on atmospheric deposition of pollutants and their impact on ecosystems. Her study had implications for both human and environmental health.
Myles has been recognized for her academic achievements with many scholarships, fellowships, and awards; including the NOAA EPP/MSI Graduate Sciences Program Fellowship and the EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship. She was recognized as a 2016 Technology All-Star at the 21st Women of Color STEM Conference. She is also a member of the American Geophysical Union and Earth Science Women’s Network.
Upon completion of her dissertation, Myles became a physical scientist in the NOAA ATDD. She was in this role for seven years before being promoted to a supervisory physical scientist for 12 years, and finally took on the role of Director in February 2021. Myles expanded her work on ammonia exchange between the atmosphere and the biosphere using new technology. She credits her training at the nexus of atmospheric and ecosystem science with preparing her to tackle tough environmental problems holistically and work with diverse collaborators who bring different perspectives to the table. Myles has served as a mentor for many NOAA supported students.