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Marilé Colón Robles (SSAI)

Title: Project Scientist for NASA GLOBE Clouds
Technical Focus Area: Science Education & Outreach
Study Topics: citizen science, clouds


Marilé Colón Robles is the project scientist for NASA GLOBE Clouds and an education outreach coordinator at NASA Langley Research Center with Science Systems and Applications, Inc. She engages with students and teachers through the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, NASA’s largest and longest lasting citizen science project about the Earth, with participants from over 120 countries around the world. Mrs. Colón Robles is the recipient of the 2017 Women of Color STEM Award for Educational Leadership – Corporate Promotion of Education for her passion to expose as many students, particularly those in underserved communities, to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and has been recognized during multiple NASA Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Marilé received her B.S. degree in chemistry from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, her M.S. degree in atmospheric sciences from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and she completed the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Program in STEM Education through the Teachers College of Columbia University. Mrs. Colón Robles was born and raised in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She now lives in Yorktown, VA and is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls, an accomplished musician, and an avid volleyball player.

Publication Bibliography:

Select Publications:

  • Colón Robles, M., Amos, H. M., Dodson, J. B., Bouwman, J., Rogerson, T. M., Bombosch, A., Farmer, L., & Taylor, J. E. (2020). Clouds around the world: How a simple data challenge became a worldwide success. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E1201–E1213,

  • Amos, H.M, M.J. Starke, T.M. Rogerson, M. Colón Robles, T. Andersen, R. Boger, B. Campbell, R. D. Low, P. Nelson, D. Overoye, J.E. Taylor, K.L. Weaver, T.M. Ferrell, H. Kohl (2020). GLOBE Observer Data: 2016-2019 Earth and Space Science, 7, e2020EA001175.

  • Jensen, J.B., Beaton, S.T., Stith, J.L., Schwenz, K., Colón Robles, M., Rauber, R., Gras, J., (2020). The Giant Nucleus Impactor (GNI) – A System for the Impaction and Automated Optical Sizing of Giant Aerosol Particles with Emphasis on Sea Salt. Part I: Basic Instrument and Algorithms. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 37, 1551–1569,

  • Colón Robles, M., Bouwman, J., and Smith-Long, C., (2019). Integrating Tech: Making Science Come Alive With Clouds. NSTA Science Scope, vol. 43, no. 4, November 2019. pp. 8-12.

  • Dodson, J.B., Colón Robles, M., Taylor J.E., DeFontes, C.C., Weaver K.L., (2019). Eclipse Across America: Citizen Science Observations of the 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Journal of Applied Meteorology & Climatology,

Virtual Presentations:


  • Women of Color STEM Achievement Award for Educational Leadership (2017)
  • Science Systems and Applications Inc.’s Chairman’s Innovation Award for the 2018 GLOBE Clouds Spring Cloud Challenge (2018),
  • NASA Langley Mentoring Awards (2019)
  •  National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Advanced Study Program Graduate Fellowship to study the role of clouds in modifying the aerosol distribution (2007)
  • Minority Access to Research Careers Fellowship for Undergraduate Research (2003)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • NASA Langley’s Hispanic Employee Advisory Committee (HEAC), Officer,
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) member

Professional Experience:

  • Trained in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy & STEM Equity
  • Experience in Digital Badges and MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms
  • Experienced Educator Professional Development Specialist
  • Experienced Education Specialist in development of education content in Spanish and in English


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