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Research Scientist Profiles

Ian Baker
Ian Baker — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Ecology - 2011 - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO.
  • Researcher with Professor Scott Denning and Professor Dave Randall
  • Understanding the exchange of mass, energy, moisture, momentum and trace gases between the atmosphere and land; studying the carbon cycle and vegetation response to current and future climate
Katie Benedect
Katie Benedict — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D in Atmospheric Science - 2012 - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO.
  • Researcher with Professor Jeff Collett
  • Measuring atmospheric nitrogen species and nitrogen deposition in national parks to understand the sources of nitrogen in these protected areas
Wes Berg
Wes Berg — Senior Research Scientist
  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering through a program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - 1993 - University of Colorado - Boulder - Boulder, CO.
  • Researcher with Professor Chris Kummerow
  • The study of large-scale hydrologic processes with a focus on long-term climate applications and the development of climate data records using satellite observations
Paula Brown
Paula Brown — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Geography and Statistics - 2007 - University of Otago-Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Researcher with Professor Chris Kummerow
  • Understanding changes in atmospheric moisture and its role in global moisture budgets
Minoru Chikira
Minoru Chikira — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Science - 2004 - The University of Tokyo - Tokyo, Japan
  • Researcher with Professor Dave Randall
  • Improving cumulus parameterizations based on sound physical grounds to better simulate mean state and variability in the atmosphere
Charlotte DeMott
Charlotte DeMott — Research Scientist III
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 1996 - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO.
  • Researcher with Professor Dave Randall
  • Understanding processes responsible for the existence of tropical weather variability on 30-60 day timescales, and how those processes are represented (or not) in general circulation models
Paul DeMott
Paul DeMott — Senior Research Scientist
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 1990 - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO.
  • Researcher with Professor Sonia Kreidenweis
  • Understanding how the physical, chemical, and biological makeup of certain aerosols of natural and anthropogenic origin influence the formation of ice crystals (precursors of precipitation) in clouds
Brenda Dolan
Brenda Dolan — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 2009 - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO.
  • Researcher with Professor Steve Rutledge
  • Using remote sensing, primarily polarimetric radar at multiple wavelengths, to understand cloud processes and microphysics under a variety of regimes, including tropical and mid-latitude locations, winter and severe storms, and oceanic to complex terrain locations
Katherine Haynes
Katherine Haynes — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 2008 - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO.
  • Researcher with Professor Scott Denning
  • Using a land surface model combined with a wide variety of observations to understand the biosphere, land-atmosphere interactions, and the carbon cycle
Arniseh Hecobian Najjari
Arsineh Hecobian Najjari — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences - 2010 - Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA.
  • Researcher with Professor Jeff Collett
  • Characterizing the emissions from the different processes involved in the production of natural gas
Ross Heikes
Ross Heikes — Research Scientist III
  • Ph.D.
  • Researcher with Professor Dave Randall
  • Research Focus - TBA
Tom Hill
Tom Hill — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D.in Molecular Microbial Ecology - 1995 - University of East London - United Kingdom
  • Researcher with Professor Sonia Kreidenweis
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the sources, numbers and identities of ice nucleating particles—especially, biological ice nuclei-released by terrestrial and marine ecotypes
Joon-Hee Jung
Joon-Hee Jung — Research Scientist III
  • Ph.D. in Meteorology - 1997 - Yonsei University - Seoul, Korea
  • Researcher with Professor Dave Randall
  • Developing a new generation of the multi-scale modeling framework of atmospheric processes
Phil Klotzbach
Philip Klotzbach — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 2007 - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO.
  • Researcher with Emeritus Professor Bill Gray
  • Atlantic hurricanes, from intra-annual to multi-decadel variablilty timescales
Celal Konor
Celal Konor — Research Scientist III
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 1992 - UCLA - Los Angeles, CA.
  • Researcher with Professor Dave Randall
  • Nonhydrostatic global cloud resolving model development; climate model development and extratropical cyclogenesis
Ilana Pollack
Ilana Pollack — Research Scientist I
  • Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry - 2004 - University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA.
  • Researcher with Emily Fischer
  • Ilana's research endeavors have largely focused on tropospheric oxidant cycling relevant to air quality, with specific interests in quantifying long-term trends and weekend effects in ozone and its precursors, identifying precursor emissions sources, and understanding the effects of local emissions controls on the formation of ozone and other secondary pollutants.
Dave Randel
Dave Randel — Research Scientist III
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 1990 - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO.
  • Researcher with Professor Chris Kummerow
  • Research involves developing satellite microwave radiometer retrieval algorithms and long-term climatologies for global hydrologic cycle monitoring and study
Amy Sullivan
Amy Sullivan — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry - 2006 - Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA.
  • Researcher with Professor Jeff Collett
  • Examining the composition of organic aerosols, with a particular focus on biomass burning and secondary organic aerosols
Maria Val Martin
Maria Val Martin — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering - 2007 - Michigan Technological University - Houghton, MI.
  • Researcher with Associate Professor Jeff Pierce
  • Understanding the composition and chemistry of the troposphere, in particular what controls the abundance of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, how air pollutants are transported, and the interconnections among air quality, climate and biosphere
Weixin Xu
Weixin Xu — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 2011 - University of Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Researcher with Professor Steven Rutledge
  • Observing and understanding clouds, precipitation, and severe weathers in the tropics using satellite and radar remote sensing
Yong Zhou
Yong Zhou — Research Scientist II
  • Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science - 2006 - University of New Hampshire - Durham, New Hampshire
  • Researcher with Professor Jeff Collett
  • Focus on analytical techniques for studying volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere

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