In Memoriam: Dr. Mark A. Lander

In Memoriam: Dr. Mark A. Lander

In Memoriam: Dr. Mark A. Lander


Dr. Mark A. Lander

The University of Guam mourns the loss of Dr. Mark A. Lander, Assistant Professor of Meteorology and a decades-long colleague and researcher under the Water & Environmental Research Institute. Dr. Lander passed away on July 1 at the age of 68.

Dr. Lander earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Lowell Technological Institute in 1976, a Master of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University in 1979, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology from the University of Hawaii in 1986. He joined the University of Guam in 1991 as a research associate and advanced to assistant professor in 1994. 

Throughout his time at UOG, Dr. Lander has been active in grant writing and research activities related to tropical meteorology and has been a vital member of the WERI Water Resources Advisory Council for Guam, the CNMI, and the FSM. He maintained a network of gauges over the aquifer in Northern Guam to monitor storm rainfall and served as an adviser in the NOAA-sponsored Pacific ENSO Applications Climate Center, regularly contributing to special editions of the center’s newsletter. 

Dr. Lander also co-authored the “Climate Change & Pacific Islands: Indicators & Impacts” report, an initial product of the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) under NOAA examining the impact and adaptive capacity of Pacific Island communities regarding climate change. 

His involvements throughout UOG included being on the UOG Technology Advisory Committee, the UOG Graduate Curriculum Review Committee, and the Green Team under former UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood. 

Memorial Service

The University of Guam will hold a hybrid memorial service for the late Dr. Lander from 9 to 11 a.m., on Wednesday, July 20, at the UOG College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall. 
If you wish to attend the ceremony in person, please RSVP via email to Kalyne Roberto at by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 15.
Those who prefer to join the memorial online may register at:
For more information about the memorial, please contact Dr. John Jenson, WERI Director, at or Mr. Anthony Agustin, WERI Administrative Assistant, at or (671) 735-2685.