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Nona Chiariello

Staff Scientist
School of Humanities & Sciences
Years at Stanford: 
30 years

Tell us about your career journey at Stanford. What department/position did you start in and how did you get to where you are now?
I have been at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve throughout my employment at Stanford, which spans two eras of building facilities. For my first 16 years at Jasper Ridge, I worked in a very modest (we used to say "€œrustic"€) field lab that formerly had been a snack bar. When the Sun Field Station was completed, all of our academic operations moved there, and that definitely felt like a promotion. Just this year, the old snack bar was finally demolished.

Point of Pride: Tell us briefly about an event, project, program or initiative you were involved with at Stanford that you're most proud of.
For more than 18 years I have helped run a Jasper Ridge study of global change effects on California grassland, working with students and faculty from Stanford and other institutions. The study has yielded scientific insights and provided a hands-on framework for teaching students about field experiments. It has also been an incubator for global change scientists, with many doctoral students and postdocs who worked on the experiment going on to become professors and policymakers. The experiment has been one of those contexts where many parts of Stanford come together.

What do you enjoy most about working at Stanford?
Feeling connected to a particular landscape and helping other people carry out research in that landscape is something I find rewarding. I like the tension between feeling that you have gotten to know a piece of land, and at the same time having that knowledge regularly challenged or overturned by new researchers and their findings. It makes me especially grateful to interact with people from many disciplines.

Leave your Legacy: What piece of guidance or advice would you give to a new hire to Stanford?
Take advantage of Stanford'€™s many offerings but try to find time to volunteer in your community and apply your skills there, too.

Tell us about your hobbies outside of work and/or something unique about yourself.
My hobby of late is the house my husband and I have been working on. When we downsized six years ago, we decided to make the Passive House standard the goal of our next house. Renovating a house to meet that standard has been both challenging and rewarding, and we have met and worked with a lot of people who are thinking about houses of the future.

What is your favorite place on campus, and why?
Even after decades of working at Jasper Ridge, I look forward to going there every day.



Submitted by Maria Cacho on Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:12

It is a pleasure working with you! Congratulations for 30 years at Stanford!


Submitted by Brittany Cripe on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 12:38

Thank you and congratulations for 30 years of service at Stanford!