Melissa Thaw BA ’04


Melissa Thaw BA ʼ04 received her PhD in environmental systems from the University of California at Merced in December 2019. Thaw was selected as a Lawrence scholar, which enabled her to finish her doctoral research in isotope hydrology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she continues research in isotope hydrology at the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. Earlier in her career, she earned an MS in water resources management from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 2013 and was selected as a National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute fellow in 2012. In her role as an NSF fellow, she collaborated with researchers and students at Hohai University in Nanjing, China. She still skateboards and has recurring dreams of skating at Burnside Skatepark in Portland.


Melissa Thaw BA ’04 and Alexander Gerodias, August 17, 2019.