How This High Schooler Got a NASA Job Mapping Climate Change | NowThis


– My journey to NASA really started when I was in elementary school. the words climate change
and really the first time I began to understand what impact humans could have on really the world around us. My name is Liza Goldberg,
I am 17 years old, and a senior in high school. And for the past four
years I’ve been working at NASA to monitor global
mangrove loss and its drivers. [In middle school,] I started
doing a science fair project in my backyard. I planted
eight red maple saplings, put eight open top experimental field warming chambers around the trees. And basically what those chambers do is they simulate climate change by trapping sunlight around
the saplings themselves. And that warms the
saplings a couple degrees. And I tried to test the carbon fluxes and how climate change would
impact the carbon exchange of red maple saplings in the future. I entered that project
into a local science fair and there there actually happened to be a judge who worked at NASA Goddard. And I think he saw how really
obsessed I was with my field, how in love I was with
environmental science. And he offered me an internship at NASA. My day starts at 4:00 in the morning. I drive to swim practice
and I swim with my team for about an hour and a half. I then run home and I get dressed really quickly and eat breakfast. Ready? Yeah. I go to school, and go through all of my classes until about noon. And at noon I actually
have the opportunity to leave school early
and go to work at NASA. And after that I’m just kind of working in my office, I write a
lot of papers, I code. After I finish at NASA it’s about usually 6:30 or 7:00 at
night, and I go home, I eat dinner, I do my
homework, and then I go to bed. I’m taking five AP classes right now. And by the time I finish high school I will have probably taken 14 or 15. Mangroves are coastal forests found around the equator, around the world. And they’re really valuable
for coastal communities in particular because
they’re able to use a lot of the natural resources that
mangroves are able to provide, like firewood, for example, for shelter. mangroves provide a lot
of coastal protection in cases of hurricanes
and extreme weather. And in some cases those
mangrove loss rates are actually higher than that of even rainforests or coral reefs, which we typically associate
with really large scale losses. In a lot of cases those losses
are due to sea level rise. So when sea levels rise, the mangroves have to migrate inland. And so our maps are able
to tell stakeholders where the sea level rise
has happened in the past so they know where it’s
likely to occur in the future. So what we’re doing now is using my maps that essentially tell
people where sea level rise is occurring and where
those settlements are. We’re able to advise the
Everglades Foundation and other stakeholders as
to the most pressing regions for conservation and
restoration in the future. – When Liza came in I think it was really a breath of fresh air because, you know, you’re really kind of thinking about the details of what you’re doing. You’re always like, oh I
have to do this little step to get my data product this much better, or to advance the science by so much. But Liza came in with like a fresh mind. And she’s like, you know, I
wanna make this global map, and this global model of
mangrove vulnerability. And the first thing that we thought was, And then she started working on it, and then she kept making progress. And I was like, oh wow, she’s
like actually gonna do it. (upbeat music) – I think when I first came into NASA I was pretty intimidated. People are, I think,
sometimes at the beginning a little bit skeptical of that
kid doing all of the science. But, I think, through talking to them, through collaborating with them, through talking to them
just like an equal, they’ve been able to kind of
reconcile that themselves. – She helps us with a lot of our problems that we have, actually. She’s probably the most
advanced person in my lab at using the software
that she uses right now. – You walk into these
huge conference halls, dozens of talks all around you, and you sit, and you listen
to these amazing scientists doing really groundbreaking work. And then it’s your turn
to go up and speak, and you start thinking to yourself, you know, what right do
I have to get up here and say what I’ve been working on. Most people are familiar
with imposter syndrome, especially for women and
girls in the sciences, but for me it’s kind of multiplied by 100. Because being the only girl in the room or being the only high
schooler in the room is difficult to kind of recognize that your opinions have value, your
research has value as well. Because we don’t have
all of the experience of college degrees and doctorates, then We haven’t been limited by what
professors have told us yet. All we know is what we’ve researched and the papers we’ve read on our own. – I think having that youth can help because it means that
you’re not limited by some of the limitations
that we as adults put in. Sometimes we forget the big picture. Like we forget what it is that we’re kind of working towards. – You’ll always find people
who will laugh at your ideas. I’ve had plenty of those people. Or kind of call it silly or crazy for you to be undertaking something, some big dream that you have. But I would say, don’t
let them get to you, don’t be intimidated by that. Because the only thing
that’s really limiting you is just your own passion and the amount of time
that you spend on it.

60 Comments

  1. Nemo Krada said:

    Because it's not a real job. It's why they have highschool girls greet you at a restaurant. There's very little they can f*ck up. All you have to know is the leftist narrative that you're all dead in 12years unless you pay a hefty carbon tax.

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  2. Chad the Chud said:

    Sean Hannity told me Climate Change was created by George Soros to help sway opinion about Transgender bathrooms.

    October 13, 2019
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  3. Gioia Grazia said:

    how much do you pay her

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  4. Michael Scott Hertzberg said:

    what a beautiful person

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  5. daisy torres said:

    At least their taking action

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  6. Lisa Love said:

    I'm excited! The work on tracking mangroves she is doing is crucial to climate change and prevention – as valuable as work on trees in general. Thank-you Liza! (From Lisa)

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  7. nomercadies said:

    Dead in 11 years. Why would she waste her youth on a lost cause? She's not going to have children. She's got no future on the planet. She'll tell us how many forests we've lost on our way to oblivion. 12 … 11 years. What will she be in 11 years? Dead like all the rest of us.

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  8. Arne Wiik said:

    Wow. Impressed. You know the US messed up when I can say that this 17-year old would defiantly make a better president by FAR. The current occupant of the white house is not even close to her level of maturity, discipline, time-management, complex reasoning and data-driven decisions. Like if she was running against the Dotard I would encourage patriotic voter fraud just to be on the safe side. How do you manage to have half of the worlds geniuses and Nobel laureates and yet you elect…the most tacky vulgar idiots ?

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  9. Shelly G said:

    Go Liza!

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  10. M. Happy said:

    Taking five AP classes AND interning at NASA, while also implementing a sport inbetween that, is just amazing. She's got a great head on her shoulders and a dedication you don't see too often these days. Kudos Liza! Stay strong and keep thriving! ✊🏻

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  11. Retrograde Beats said:

    oh the conservatives are gonna rage on this one πŸ˜‚

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  12. Derek Hieb said:

    Hope that is a paid internship.

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  13. Maria Katharine said:

    GO, LIZA, GO!! πŸ™†πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘

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  14. JustLivinLife said:

    I got a Trump advertisement before this…

    October 13, 2019
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  15. john thor said:

    How I dont really care. Lol

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  16. Aslam Khan said:

    When girl very nice your scientist I like it so so too much hard working and good luck best of God bless you I hope better than future

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  17. Allan Foster said:

    Brilliant and very impressive. Way to go!

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  18. Eric Felipe Moreira said:

    You're amazing! Continue this awesome work mademoiselle!

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  19. Steven Prime said:

    β€œAnd, of course, there are the more than 31,000 American scientists (to date) who have signed a petition challenging the climate change narrative and 9,029 of them hold PhDs in their respective fields. But hey, Al Gore and his cronies have also ignored that inconvenient truth, as well.”

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  20. melody hoefdraad said:

    Wondering if they filmed the part where they show mangroves in Suriname…

    October 13, 2019
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  21. D. S. said:

    White?

    October 13, 2019
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  22. PoppONaya Shelly said:

    she's a white woman … duh

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  23. BL said:

    She is awesome. Hands down.

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  24. BL said:

    Geez… I'm older than her. Now I feel bad for doing nothing.

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  25. Business and Technology - A Pakistani Perspective said:

    Wow shes awesome. Way to go…!

    October 13, 2019
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  26. SPIDER LILIEZ said:

    Girl, "sleep is important" — that's the only thing you have to change on your mindset.
    You won't feel it now because you're young.
    But it surely will take its toll on you as you grow older.

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  27. Verbalised Resonance said:

    Why are you all here? You all died in the 2000s to the previous "climate crisis" afters your parents died to the "crisis" b4 that in the 70s, but hey i guess Dunning Kruger drives psychotic.

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  28. awswam kitty said:

    She 17? She look so much older and she so smart it's just really cool, great for her!

    October 13, 2019
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  29. Ronald said:

    Wait, why there's so many red dots in the Caribbean lol

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  30. John K said:

    Global warming is a hoax and a myth global warming is not happening especially here in the United states global warming is not happening.

    There's not even any scientific evidence to prove global warming the science is just isn't their there is absolutely no scientific evidence.

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  31. Sergio Mendez said:

    She's badas

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  32. Benny Nunn said:

    That's nothing I know a 16 year old who stood before the UN and told them "how dare you! So step up your game little missy.

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  33. Stevie B said:

    But did we really go to the moon?

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  34. bigvirgotube said:

    I work at Goddard in the Earth Sciences Division, doing IT support for the data archive group. I wonder if I've come across this young woman at any time??

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  35. Marissa Jones said:

    Geez she makes me feel not smart 😩

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  36. Michael Cortright said:

    Meanwhile there's the deniers and FOX huffers that would scream "IT"S NOT REAL, SHE's A PUPPET!"…. Well guess what, this brilliant 17-year old has been working for NASA for 4 years and is probably getting paid much better than you are.
    Get out of your trailer and study something for once you climate deniers

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  37. fro k said:

    She looks much older than 17, wow.

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  38. J L P said:

    lol. How much fuel to lunch a rocket?
    How much natural resources does NASA consume per year alone? HOW DARE U LIZA???

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  39. Jake Bagel said:

    maybe she can bully mexico or china, the biggest polluters in the world? NO? She's only going to bully white countries?! YOU DON'T SAY!!!

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  40. SinnerLink said:

    Man.

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  41. JEXEL DEJESUS said:

    Conspiracy theorists:
    " 4:10 we secretly caught a shapeshifting Lizard person…"

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  42. мαяιє said:

    This is what they mean when they say kids are the future of the world.

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  43. Jason Murray said:

    Amazing! This is so very inspiring! Fills me with the wish to waste less time on behalf of something important.

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  44. KAIJU MECHA said:

    Talking about opportunities, not every one who study hard for five AP classes can get intern in NASA..the media only report those who got the opportunity… and how about those researchers and scientists who work for the climate change from other institutions? Unbalanced report like usual..

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  45. The I.R.S said:

    Your gonna go far girl. Gonna retire early at this rate and enjoy retirement and youth at the same time.

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  46. Jay Boh said:

    Who puts a thumbs down on something like this?!

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  47. Victor otero said:

    This honestly make no sense do to so many people doing the same sort of thing and only one person out of the nowhere get the spot light. Sound like they decided to pick random person or she come from rich family.

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  48. Socially Savage said:

    Amazing what shes doing. As an Alumnus of the high school shes attending, i can assure you they have provided her the greatest opportunity to grow beyond her means and challenge her to do more. Best of luck to you my fellow Raider!!

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  49. Bob Quigley said:

    Thanks for a great story to show our grandchildren

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  50. Dianna Skare said:

    CONGRATULATION'S !! WHAT AN AWESOME START FOR A BRIGHT PROGRESSIVE MIND !
    STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF HON …. ALWAYS STRINGS ATTACHED TO SPECIAL FAVORS SO GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING !!

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  51. jmuld1 said:

    My tax dollars are going to someone to indulge in their beliefs. WOW!.

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  52. bamboo koo said:

    She has no family problems at all.

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  53. Kaizer said:

    Meanwhile other teenage want to be a influencer πŸ™„

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  54. Coral Titan said:

    Between her and Billie Eilish I feel about as bad as I can feel as almost reaching 30.
    D:

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  55. Nazgul Decapitation said:

    Global
    warming is a Win Win for the Right.

    If conservatives are Right and Global Warming is a Hoax, The the Earth will do just fine.

    If Conservatives are Wrong and the Earth is about to go Extinct, then sleep well knowing the Earth took out the left too!

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  56. Maikel Ariyesto said:

    More content like this pls, ty

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  57. SamuraiKage1 said:

    She's going to be some corporation's obedient slave one day, mark my word. Raytheon has dips on her I see.

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  58. Crispen Drye said:

    she may work for NASA, but can she afford an apartment ?

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  59. Ricardo Quinones said:

    She’s set for the rest of her life πŸ”­πŸ˜‡

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  60. V Lightning said:

    Guess what? We live on an ever changing, ever evolving planet! And the climate will always change. Nothing to do with a problem or a crisis. Living things will always come and go. It’s called nature.

    October 14, 2019
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