Graduate Fellowship Opportunities at the
Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
News (12/17/2014): Merit-based first-year graduate
All incoming (2015-2016) ASRC-advised graduate students are eligible to compete for
one-year merit-based graduate fellowships that carry a full tuition waiver and
a stipend. Several research opportunities are highlighted below, however,
interested applicants should not hesitate to inquire with other ASRC
faculty members regarding potential
research opportunities. See the full announcement below.
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The University at Albany´s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), Albany, NY, USA,
is pleased to announce merit-based graduate fellowship opportunities for incoming
doctoral students, beginning Fall 2015. ASRC is a world-class research center focused on
all aspects of the atmospheric sciences. Its active research faculty are affiliated with
the Departments of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Physics, and the School of
Public Health. The Center is specifically recruiting applicants in the areas of:
ice microphysics; wind energy; aerosol-cloud radiation interactions; hurricanes and
tropical meteorology; air-sea interactions; air pollution and atmospheric chemistry; and regional and global
climate modeling. However, outstanding candidates from all areas of Atmospheric Science
are encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit: (1) an application for admission to
University of Albany graduate program
(http://www.albany.edu/graduate/graduate-admissions.php) and (2) a letter requesting
fellowship consideration to the ASRC Graduate Fellowship Committee, c/o
Dr. Kara Sulia
(firstname.lastname@example.org). The letter of request should be a brief "cover letter" to the
academic application alerting the committee of research interests and potential
ASRC advisor(s) identified. Fellowships
carry a full tuition waiver and a stipend. In most cases, pending
satisfactory academic performance, applicants can expect comparable support levels
in subsequent years. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2015. Applicants are
strongly encouraged to coordinate their application with a faculty member at ASRC.
For specific information on faculty, research areas and affiliations, and the application
process, please see the student opportunities below.
- Dr. Craig Ferguson
Dr. Ferguson´s research opportunities include:
1. Applications of satellite remote sensing data to monitor and diagnose
hydrometeorological variability and extremes.
2. Advanced data visualization of multi-scale land-atmosphere interactions.
3. Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) modeling of regional hydrologic extremes.
For more information, please contact Dr. Ferguson
- Dr. Jeffrey Freedman
Dr. Freedman´s main research areas are renewable energy and the atmospheric boundary layer.
He has recently acquired a Leosphere Windcube 100s scanning LiDAR. More specific topics of interest include:
1. Reliability of short-term (0 - 6 hr) wind forecasting
2. Detecting trends in the wind and solar resource
3. Effects of wind farms on the local and regional climate
4. Potential influence of climate change on the distribution of renewable energy resources
5. Using LiDAR in wind energy and boundary layer applications including a recent deployment at Cranberry Lake in the Adirondacks
Depending upon support, for the immediate future Dr. Freedman will be looking to focus on wind farm effects on local climate,
very short term (0 - 1 hr) wind forecasting, and identifying trends and potential climate change influences on the
renewable energy (wind and energy) resource, on regional and CONUS scales.
For more information, please contact Dr. Freedman
- Dr. Lee Harrison
Dr. Harrison seeks a student to work on aircraft-borne hurricane measurement
instrumentation and hurricane data analysis -- support is from Navy ONR. A grad
student taking this position will need to be ready/capable of doing field
campaigns in the NASA/NOAA aircraft operating environment.
For more information, please contact Dr. Harrison
- Dr. Cheng-Hsuan Lu
Dr. Lu´s research is focused on the following topics:
1. Aerosol Processes
2. Chemical Weather Forecasting
3. The impacts of aerosols on weather/climate
Dr. Lu has opportunities for graduate study in the following areas: aerosol modeling,
aerosol-cloud-interaction, regional air quality modeling, and aerosol data
For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Lu
- Dr. Scott Miller
Dr. Miller´s research is focused on surface exchange processes — the
transfer of heat, momentum, moisture, and trace gases (e.g., CO2) between
the earth´s surface and the atmosphere:
1. Air-sea interaction — fluxes of momentum, sensible and latent heat, and
carbon dioxide between ocean and atmosphere (e.g., from ships or buoys)
2. Lake-atmosphere exchange — field studies of the movement of carbon
dioxide within freshwater bodies and it´s exchange with the atmosphere
3. Forest-atmosphere exchange — carbon and energy exchange between forests
and atmosphere, and the effects of disturbance
Research has involved collaborations with physical and chemical oceanographers,
ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, limnologists, and meteorologists.
Students with an interest in geophysical fluid mechanics, turbulence, and
boundary and surface layer processes are encouraged to apply.
For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Miller
- Dr. James Schwab
Dr. Schwab has opportunities for graduate study in one or more of the following
1. Reactive Oxidized Nitrogen: This project involves the measurement of a
range of gaseous and aerosol oxidized nitrogen-containing species.
Understanding the detailed chemical transformation mechanisms of this
family of compounds has been shown to be extremely critical to
atmospheric chemistry. (proposed)
2. Measurement Tools for Responding to Wood Smoke and Other Air Pollution
Complaints: This is also a measurement based project, involving
construction of portable air quality monitoring kits to assess wood smoke
or other localized pollution problems. Deployment of these assemblies and data
analysis are also included as part of the project.
3. 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
- Dr. Kara Sulia
Dr. Sulia´s research is focused on the microphysical and precipitation
processes within clouds and has student opportunities in the following research
1. Ice Growth Model: Testing and simulating models with a microphysics schemes
that focuses on the realistic representation of ice crystals. This work
entails using the scheme within WRF and converting the results into radar
variables through a radar simulator to compare to radar observations (funded).
2. Modeling ice–ice aggregation: This research includes using an Ice Particle
and Aggreagtion Simulator to develop a method of aggregation for the ice growth
model. Aggregation willl then be tested for simulations of the Midlatitude
Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) (proposed).
For more information, please contact Dr. Sulia
- Dr. Wei-Chyung Wang
Dr. Wang´s research is focused on the following topics:
1. Aerosol–cloud interactions.
2. Climate–chemistry interactions
To use observations, and regional and global climate models to study the
effects of anthropogenic aerosols on clouds and climate.
For more information, please contact Dr. Wang