Gloria Jimenez is a paleoclimatologist interested in linking climate change science with decision making. A Ph.D. student in the Department of Geosciences, her research uses corals from the Galápagos Islands to characterize the behavior of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), with the goal of better understanding how ENSO will respond to climate change. Gloria sees science as an incredibly powerful tool with which to change the world, and hopes never to work in an ivory tower. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Ecuador and holds a B.A. in geology from Carleton College and an M.S. in earth and planetary sciences from the University of New Mexico. When she takes off her scientist hat, Gloria enjoys rock climbing, dancing, and yoga.