Mona Behl is the Associate Director of University of Georgia's Sea Grant college program where she also holds public service and academic appointments. She was formerly a visiting, and then a non-residential policy fellow with the American Meteorological Society's (AMS) policy program. Through her many administrative, pedagogical, and editorial roles, Behl promotes the co-production and use of scientific knowledge for improved decision-making. Her research interests include building the adaptive capacity of local communities to manage the impacts of weather and climate, preparing people for the future of work, and broadening participation in geosciences.
Behl is passionate about improving participation, retention, and leadership development of women and minorities in science. She is the founding member of AMS Early Career Leadership Academy, and Sea Grant's Community Engaged Internship program. She currently co-chairs the Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention program, and serves on the leadership board of Earth Science Women's Network.
A national award-winning teacher, Behl earned her bachelor's and master's degree in physics from Panjab University in India, and doctorate in physical oceanography from Florida State University.