Mona Behl

Physical Oceanographer
Georgia Sea Grant College Program
What is your current job and what does it entail? 

I serve as associate director at Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension. This entails research administration, strategic planning, development and oversight for inter-, cross- and trans-disciplinary efforts in research. I am responsible for strengthening the bond between research and extension, building non-traditional partnerships, and maintaining the quality, integrity and relevance of Georgia Sea Grant-funded research.

What was the key factor in your career decision? 

My overarching career goal has always been to work in the interface of science and society.

What do like most about your career? 

I invest a good amount of time learning about research in different fields of marine science. I also engage with stakeholders to understand their research needs, communicate these needs to researchers, and facilitate exchange between academia and society. In addition, I get to pursue scientific research, teach and mentor students. It is a social and intellectual perk to be in this position.

What do you like least about your career? 

Being in an administrative position, I don't get to do as much scientific research as I would like to do.

What do you do to relax? 

Listen to music, exercise, read, travel.

Who are your heroes/heroines? 

My parents are my greatest heroes. I am also grateful to my mentors who have guided me all along my career and shaped my life for the better.

What advice would you give a student who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in your field? 

Be curious. Take calculated risks. Stretch outside of your comfort zone. Make no assumptions. Keep an open mind.

Are career opportunities in your field increasing or decreasing and why? 

Our planet is becoming more and more interconnected. This interconnectedness is leading to new challenges and opportunities in science. Therefore, if you view the world from my lens, career opportunities are constantly increasing!

What will you be doing 10 years from today? 

I hope to have advanced my knowledge, skills and experience in science to bring a positive change in lives and create a meaningful impact on our planet.

Mona Behl

Our planet is becoming more and more interconnected. This interconnectedness is leading to new challenges and opportunities in science. 

Education

B.Sc., Physics, Panjab University, India
M.Sc., Physics, Panjab University, India
Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Florida State University