Dr. Goddard became the institute’s director just after the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration withdrew funding — a major blow to a center that relied heavily on government support.
The institute was in dire straits and faced with low morale and uncertain future. She rallied its staff and secured new funding. She increased the outreach efforts and established long-term relationships to groups such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and many other governments around the globe.
“She was a visionary,” Maureen E. Raymo, the director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia, said in an interview. “She took the I.R.I. and turned it into a powerhouse for providing climate services to the world.”
Lisa Marie Goddard, was born Sept. 23, 1966 in Sacramento, Calif. Glenn Goddard, her father, was a state official, and Marie Betts, her mother, was a teacher.
Her mother, Kristina Zimmerman, and her sons Sam and Matthew are also survivors.
In 1988, she graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree as physicist. At the time, climate science was still very young. However, public awareness about issues like ozone depletion was growing and she saw an opportunity for her scientific training to be put to practical use.
At Princeton, where she received a doctorate in atmospheric and oceanic sciences in 1995, she studied the effects of El Niño and La Niña, developing models that could predict how those alternating climatic events in the Pacific Ocean affected temperatures and rainfall in distant parts of the world.
Source: NY Times