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Mallory Ladd

Policy Analyst, Center for Naval Analyses


Supervising Faculty: Robert Hettich

Mallory Ladd is a doctoral candidate and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow in Energy Science and Engineering with concentrations in analytical chemistry and climate science applications. Her dissertation work in the Mass Spectrometry and Laser Spectroscopy group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory involves developing advanced analytical techniques to characterize and monitor small molecules in soil. As part of the Next-Generation Ecosystems Experiments (NGEE-Arctic) project, she uses the capabilities of high-resolution mass spectrometry to examine how soil water chemistry in the Arctic is changing in response to warming and how this kind of molecular information can be used to improve climate model predictions at the landscape-scale.

Mallory has presented her work at national and international conferences, and broadens the impact of her research by remaining active in science communication and outreach. She maintains a blog, Think Like a Postdoc, is the Speaker Coordinator for the Knoxville taste of science events, and has created one of the top websites for advice to applicants of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

Alongside her scientific research, Mallory is interested in science policy and science diplomacy. She completed an internship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and has attended multiple workshops and seminars in these areas including two most recently, offered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). Since joining the Bredesen Center, Ladd has also co-founded two organizations to support women and minorities in STEM, and to encourage scientists to take a more active role in the policymaking process, Pipeline: Vols for Women in STEM and FOSEP: The Forum on Science Ethics & Policy.

In her free time, Mallory enjoys learning new languages, traveling, cinema, bicycling, kayaking, and spending time with her family and pets.


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Mallory Ladd performing field research in Alaska.


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - University of Toledo

Awards and Recognitions

  • AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science recipient – 2015-2017
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) – 2014-2017
  • American delegate to the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting – 2015
  • Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise – 2014
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Analytical Chemistry Award – 2011
  • Arthur H. Black Award in Analytical Chemistry – 2009, 2011
  • Sullivan Honors Research Fellowship, University of Toledo – 2010
  • Chemical and Allied Industries of Northwest Ohio (CAI-NOW) Scholarship – 2008
  • NCAA Division I Athletic Scholarship, Volleyball, MAC Conference – 2006-2010


Google Scholar profile: Mallory Ladd


NGEE Arctic

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