Graduate Research Opportunities

Some Current Research Opportunities for Graduate Students in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany (DAES-UAlbany). More opportunities are available at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

 

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Opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups

We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to contact faculty members to discuss research opportunities. In addition to the opportunities below, other opportunities might exist through university or external diversity fellowship programs that will allow you to work with a faculty member to craft a unique research project. You can either e-mail individual faculty members with whom you are interested in working, or contact Brian Tang (btang@albany.edu ), Chair of the department's Inclusion and Diversity Committee, for more information.

Dr. Lance F. Bosart

Professor Lance Bosart and Professor Daniel Keyser have submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation entitled “Diagnostic Studies of the Roles of Dynamical and Diabatic Processes on the Evolution of Arctic Cyclones” which contributes to the THINICE field experiment that will investigate the relationship and interactions between Arctic cyclones and sea ice. If this proposal is funded it may be possible to support a new graduate student beginning in Fall 2020

Professor Bosart is a Co-PI on an NSF PREEVENTS Track 2 grant entitled “Collaborative Research: Multi-scale processes impacting the predictability of severe convective weather events“ for which Dr. Glen Romine of NCAR is the lead PI and other NCAR scientists are Co-PIs. There is a small possibility that there will an opening for a new Ph.D. student on this grant in Fall 2020.

Professor Bosart is also open to working with a new graduate student who is a recipient of an externally funded fellowship in any area of synoptic-dynamic meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, or tropical meteorology beginning in Fall 2020.

Dr. Kristen Corbosiero

Professor Corbosiero, in collaboration with Professor Andrea Lang, Dr. Nick Bassill, and Ross Lazear, is looking for a new Masters student to conduct collaborative research with the National Weather Service on high-impact weather in the Northeast U.S.. This NOAA-funded work (see www.albany.edu/news/91922.php) will develop real-time data fusion products combining convection-allowing model output with New York State Mesonet observations to highlight areas of enhanced forecast uncertainty during warm-season convective and cold-season mixed precipitation events. Please contact Prof. Corbosiero at kcorbosiero@albany.edu for more information.

Professor Corbosiero and Professor Brian Tang are looking for one new graduate student to research the interactions between tropical cyclones (TCs) and the environments in which they are embedded. With funding from NSF and NASA (and potentially ONR), this research will seek to improve our understanding of how ventilation, the process by which vertical wind shear interacts with a TC to inject environmental air into the storm, affects TCs at all stages of development, including rapid intensification. This study will be conducted through the use of idealized numerical experiments or through the examination of NASA field campaign data, depending on the interests of the student. Please contact Prof. Corbosiero at kcorbosiero@albany.edu and Prof. Tang at btang@albany.edu for more details.

Dr. Aiguo Dai

Depending on availability of external funding, support for new PhD students to study climate variability and change may be available. Dr. Dai's projects focus on how and why the climate, in particular the global water cycle, precipitation, and drought, has changed in the recent past and how it may change in the future as global warming continues. His current research includes 1) Regional climate downscaling and change; 2) unforced natural climate variations vs. externally forced long-term changes; 3) influences of oceanic conditions on climate over land on different time scales; 3) Arctic sea-ice loss and polar amplification of surface warming; 4) Arctic-midlatitude climate interactions; and 5) climate model diagnostics and evaluation. For a list of his publications, please visit http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/cas/adai/publication-dai.html or https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=qYIJJ1AAAAAJ&hl=en

Dr. Oliver Elison Timm

There are no grant-supported research positions for new students at this time.

Masters thesis research opportunities are, however available in the following research areas:

Investigating climate-vegetation-ice-sheet interactions during past glacial-interglacial cycles using Earth System models of Intermediate Complexity.

Downscaling of future climate change scenarios with applications to environmental impact studies and emerging infectious diseases. (Focus areas have been the Hawaiian Islands and Northeast US in past research activities.)

Dr. Craig Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson anticipates support for one Ph.D. student to work on the topic of seasonal prediction, with a focus on the role of local-to-long range land-atmosphere interactions in drought and flood evolution. The planned research entails application of satellite remote sensing, a hyper-resolution land surface hydrological model, and WRF. The successful applicant will have a strong background in synoptic-dynamic meteorology and be proficient in scientific coding (Python preferred).

Dr. Lee Harrison

There are no opportunities for new students at this time.

Dr. Sara Lance

Dr. Lance anticipates support for one PhD student or postdoc in the study of atmospheric chemistry in the Arctic. As sea ice melts and fossil fuels are extracted, emissions to the Arctic boundary layer are changing rapidly. An intensive airborne field project is being planned for spring-early summer of 2021, to study multiphase chemistry (within gases, aerosols and cloud droplets). The successful applicant will participate in the field project, with a focus on aerosol-cloud interactions (including measurement of cloud microphysical properties and cloud droplet residual composition), and modeling of chemical processes occurring within clouds.

Applicants interested in the above opportunity should contact Dr. Sara Lance at smlance@albany.edu.

Dr. Andrea Lang

Professor Lang interests span spatial scales ranging from synoptic to planetary and timescales of days to weeks. More information on projects will be posted as funding becomes available. Contact Prof. Andrea Lang (alang@albany.edu) for more details.

Dr. Jiping Liu

Dr. Liu is looking for a graduate student to improve seasonal predictability and prediction of Arctic sea ice and associated feedbacks on mid- and high-latitude climate in NCEP climate forecast system. This serves as an important incremental step toward achieving improved operational prediction system. The successful applicant is likely to have some previous experience working with large data sets, and some knowledge of statistics.

Dr. Cheng-Hsuan (Sarah) Lu

There are no opportunities for new students at this time.

Dr. Scott Miller

Dr. Miller has support for a graduate student for a field project focused on the measurement of air-sea carbon dioxide exchange from mobile platforms (e.g., buoys).

Students with strong technical skills and interest in field work, instrumentation, geophysical fluid mechanics and surface-atmosphere interaction are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Miller at smiller@albany.edu.

Dr. Qilong Min

Dr. Min’s research interests encompass the combination of passive/active instrumentation and modeling to improve the understanding of the physics of the atmosphere, land-atmosphere interactions, and atmosphere-climate interactions. Ongoing projects in his group are:

1. Advancing the WRF-solar model to improve solar irradiance forecast for renewable energy applications

2. Integrating multi-platform observations and WRF simulations to understand the feedback mechanisms associated with the water and energy cycles

3. Establishing innovative remote sensing techniques through the synthesis of visible, infrared, and microwave passive and active measurements for retrieving aerosol and cloud optical properties, vegetation properties, and precipitation and latent heat

4. Developing novel instrumentation for applications in weather, climate, air quality, and renewable energy

For more information, please contact Dr. Qilong Min at qmin@albany.edu.

Dr. Justin Minder

Dr. Justin Minder is conducting research in the following areas:

  1. The response of lake-effect snow storms to climate variability and change
  2. Precipitation type in high-impact near-freezing winter storms over the northeastern US
  3. Improving forecasts of snowpack and streamflow in hydrological models
  4. The use of stochastic physics in probabilistic simulations of winter precipitation
  5. Regional climate change over mountainous regions

No funded positions are available at this time. For more information, please contact Dr. Minder at jminder@albany.edu

Dr. Paul Roundy

Various projects in large scale organized tropical convection and the global atmospheric circulation.

Dr. Jim Schwab

Dr. Schwab expects an opening for a new graduate student interested in atmospheric chemistry measurements starting in 2020. His group is currently involved in the following projects:

  1. Aerosol Mass Spectrometer Measurements: Our group has a high resolution Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer that we have recently used in support of cloud chemistry related measurements at Whiteface Mountain, New Particle Formation related measurements at Pinnacle State Park, and the LISTOS project described below. (New student opportunities)
  2. Long Island Sound Tropospheric Ozone Study: ASRC participated in this multi-organization field study in 2018 to investigate the complex chemistry and transport downwind of NYC influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. Additional mobile monitoring and fixed site measurements are planned. (New student opportunities)
  3. ASRC Mobile Laboratory: we operate a 2007 Dodge Sprinter van with 6-8 hours of battery capacity (depending on instrument and air conditioning load). Instruments we have deployed on the lab include the AMS – see above – ozone and nitrogen dioxide monitors, Cloud Condensation Nuclei Counter, a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer, and more. We have used this for projects across New York State and could go beyond. (New student opportunities)
  4. Accountability and Air Pollution–Using long–term measurements to assess progress in air pollution reduction, or other projects involving "mining" the extensive archive of ASRC (and NYS) measurement data. (funded)

For more information, please contact Dr. Schwab at jschwab@albany.edu

Dr. Kara Sulia

For more information, please contact Dr. Sulia at ksulia@albany.edu

Dr. Brian Tang

Professor Corbosiero and Professor Brian Tang are looking for one new graduate student to research the interactions between tropical cyclones (TCs) and the environments in which they are embedded. With funding from NSF and NASA (and potentially ONR), this research will seek to improve our understanding of how ventilation, the process by which vertical wind shear interacts with a TC to inject environmental air into the storm, affects TCs at all stages of development, including rapid intensification. This study will be conducted through the use of idealized numerical experiments or through the examination of NASA field campaign data, depending on the interests of the student. Please contact Prof. Corbosiero at kcorbosiero@albany.edu and Prof. Tang at btang@albany.edu for more details.

Dr. Chris Thorncroft

My research is mainly focused on improving our understanding of the West African monsoon and how it impacts Atlantic tropical cyclone variability. The research spans a wide range of timescales from diurnal to multidecadal. At the weather scale my research is focused on understanding the physical processed that impact the nature and variability of African easterly waves (AEWs). This includes a special emphasis on how AEWs interact with the ubiquitous mesoscale convective systems and ultimately how this affects the probability that AEWs will help spawn tropical cyclones. Recent work at the weather scale has also emphasized the role of convectively coupled equatorial Kelvin waves on the West African monsoon and Atlantic tropical cyclogenesis frequency. At the climate scale I am interested in better understanding the annual cycle of the West African monsoon as well as the processes that impact interannual to decadal variability and predictability of Sahel rainfall. Depending on the availability of external funding I would be interested in advising students in any of these areas.

Dr. Ryan Torn

Professor Torn has a teaching assistant position for Fall 2020 admission to study the sensitivity of tropical cyclone track and intensity forecasts to features at earlier times using operational ensemble forecast output. Sensitive regions are indicative of where to take observations using either aircraft or supplemental rawinsondes that can reduce the uncertainty in the forecast. This project is part of a NOAA Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT) and involves work with the National Hurricane Center. Please contact Professor Torn for more information.

Dr. Mathias Vuille

There are no funded openings for new students at this time.

Dr. Wei-Chyung Wang

A PhD student is needed to use observations and climate model simulations to study weather extremes over Northeastern United States and East Asia. Potential future changes in these weather extremes under global climate changes are also the focus of the graduate research.

Dr. Fangqun Yu

Dr. Yu is looking for a PhD student or postdoc to study atmospheric particles and their environmental and climate impacts. Dr. Yu´s group is conducting research in the following areas:

  1. Particle formation and growth processes in the atmosphere.
  2. Regional and global modeling of size-resolved particle microphysics and chemistry.
  3. Aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions.
  4. Aerosol direct/indirect radiative forcing and climate change.
  5. Health effects of ultrafine particles and co-pollutants.

Students with an interest in one or more of the above topics and with strong modeling and/or data analysis skills are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Dr. Fangqun Yu at fyu@albany.edu

Dr. Liming Zhou

There are no funded openings for new students at this time.

For more information about Prof. Zhou’s past and current research projects, visit his website http://www.atmos.albany.edu/facstaff/zhou/lzhou.html. Please contact Prof. Zhou lzhou@albany.edu for more details.