Prof. Dr Tonie van Dam received her Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1991. She held positions as Post-doctoral Researcher at MIT and NASA. She then worked as a Research Scientist for the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2002, she moved to Luxembourg, where she worked as a Research Scientist at the European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology.
In 2008, she became a member of the Faculty of Science, Technology, and Communication at the University of Luxembourg. Van Dam is responsible for a number of research projects to quantify the present-day ice mass change in Greenland, to investigate ideas for new satellite gravity observations, and to investigate how the global water cycle is evolving as a result of global warming. She has recently been inducted into the Luxembourg Academy of Sciences. In 2019, she received the Vening Meinesz Medal from the European Geosciences Union in recognition of her research.