Elizabeth McPhee Middleton, PhD

Elizabeth Middleton

Title: Senior Scientist
Company: Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

Elizabeth McPhee Middleton, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Photobiology, Carbon Dynamics, and Remote Sensing of Vegetation.

A doctor of botany and an expert on ecology and zoology, Dr. McPhee Middleton just completed a 10-year mission as a mission scientist of the EO-1 Earth Observing Satellite. She is a research scientist whose laboratory work measures plant physiological and spectral optical properties. In her role as a senior scientist, she manages projects such as remote sensing of ecosystems, and worked with the European Space Agency as a NASA representative in the Netherlands on one of three satellites tasked for the role. Dr. McPhee Middleton won the 2012 Nordberg Award from the Goddard Space Flight Center, following a 2011 Career Achievement Award and Special Achievement Awards in 2008, 2005, 2003, 1993, 1981, and 1979, representing just a few of her accomplishments with NASA over the years.

A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. McPhee Middleton has appeared in four volumes of Who’s Who in America and the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the World. She attended the University of Maryland to receive a BS in zoology, and after teaching middle school science for three years, she worked toward a MS in ecology, taking a job at Goddard to support her family. Inspired by her colleagues and confident she was qualified for the institution, she worked toward a PhD in botany in 1993. Dr. McPhee Middleton is well known for the work she has done with chlorophyll florescence in plants, and studied UVB radiation in soybeans for her doctoral thesis. She has also worked on bi-directional reflectants in different vegetation types.

Among numerous research projects, Dr. McPhee Middleton worked in the Biospheric Sciences Branch of Goddard, as well as the Eastern Regional Remote Sensing Applications Center and as a programmer in the Computer Sciences Corp. She studied the Amazon from 1996 to 1998 with NASA, and continues to be a project manager for the Plant Fluorescence Project jointly run by NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the IEEE.

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