Ryder Fox is completing a B.S. in atmospheric physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and anticipates starting graduate school in 2018. Ryder is a part of various research groups focused on hurricanes and tropical cloud formation. Prior to pursuing higher education, they worked as a news photojournalist, covering the devastation of hurricanes and tornadoes.
Ryder was the president of their campus oSTEM chapter for two years, organizing multiple diversity trainings for staff, faculty and students. In their time as president, they secured gender neutral bathrooms and residences, improved non-discrimination policies and launched a successful campaign to build a campus inclusion center.
Ryder has volunteered with the oSTEM Global Diversity and Inclusion team since 2015, first as part of the Trans / Non-binary Committee, and then as the VP of Diversity and Inclusion. They are honored to be a part of a growing organization representing LGBTQIA+ students and professionals in STEM. Ryder additionally volunteers on the Board for Women and Minorities with the American Meteorological Society, helping to broaden inclusion within their own field.