Graduate Fellowship Opportunities at the
Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
News (10/30/2015): Merit-based first-year graduate
All incoming (2016-2017) 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.
Downloadable PDF version of this announcement
The University at Albany´s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), Albany, NY, USA,
is pleased to announce merit-based first-year fellowships for new ASRC-advised doctoral
students. A first-year fellowship includes full tuition (9 credits per semester) and a research
assistantship stipend for a 12-month period beginning in late August 2016. All first-year
graduate students, domestic and international, interested in being advised or co-advised by an
ASRC faculty member are eligible to
ASRC is a world-class research center with fourteen full-time faculty focused on all aspects of
the atmospheric sciences and spanning the full spectrum from measurement science to coupled
modeling. ASRC operates a premier mountaintop observation facility on
Whiteface Mountain, NY
and co-directs the new, 125-site
New York State Mesonet. ASRC is recruiting
applicants in the areas of: ice microphysics; wind energy; aerosol-cloud radiation interactions;
air-sea interactions; land-atmosphere interactions; air pollution and atmospheric chemistry; and
regional and global air pollution and climate modeling. To be considered for a first-year
fellowship, applicants must submit by February 15, 2016:
(1) an application for admission to
University of Albany doctoral program and
2) a letter requesting
fellowship consideration to the ASRC Graduate Fellowship Committee, c/o Dr. Kara Sulia
The letter of request should be a 1-2 page "cover letter" to their doctoral program
application alerting the committee of research interests of the applicant and the potential
ASRC advisor(s) identified.
While UAlbany´s doctoral program in Atmospheric Science will be an appropriate choice for
most applicants, ASRC is also interested in proposals to conduct interdisciplinary research
leading to degrees in other areas, including but not limited to: physics, chemistry, environmental
health, computer science, information science/geographic information science (GIS), and biology.
In most cases, pending satisfactory academic performance, successful applicants can expect
comparable support levels in subsequent years. 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. Sara Lance
Dr. Lance´s studies aerosol-cloud interactions within the earth´s
atmosphere. Over the next several years, the following research areas will be
1. Cloud processing of aerosol (e.g. aqueous formation of organic aerosol
within haze and cloud droplets)
2. Ice nucleation and cloud phase transitions (e.g. formation of ice within
orographic clouds and Arctic stratus)
Dr. Lance is currently looking for a graduate student to support experimental
investigation of multiphase chemical reactions with levitated micro-droplets,
pertaining to the formation of secondary organic aerosol within clouds. The
advertised position includes instrument development of an optical trap for
highly controlled single-particle experiments, in collaboration with researchers
at the University of Colorado-Boulder. This work will take place within the
laboratory at the ASRC. Deployment of cloud and aerosol instruments to the
Whiteface mountain summit research station is also planned for summer 2017,
including measurements of the physical and chemical properties of cloud
condensation nuclei and cloud droplet residuals. The graduate student taking
this position will be responsible for much of the data analysis from the
planned 2017 field project
For more information, please contact Dr. Sara Lance
- 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 field-based 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), including
Arctic and Antarctic environments;
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 routinely involves collaborations with physical and chemical oceanographers,
ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, limnologists, and atmospheric scientists.
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. Qilong Min
For 2016, Dr. Min is seeking two or three students to participate in any of the three
following funded projects.:
1. Satellite cloud retrievals for the NASA DSCOVR mission, the newest NASA satellite;
2. Synergetic retrieval algorithm development, combining both active and passive sensors;
3. Development of a WRF-SBM model for cloud microphysical processes and
Currently, his research interests encompass the combination of passive/active
instrumentation and modeled data to improve understanding of the physics of the
atmosphere, land-atmosphere interactions, and atmosphere-climate interactions.
Ongoing projects in his group fall into one of three areas:
- Integrating multi-platform observations and WRF simulations to understand
the feedback mechanisms associated with the water and energy cycles, such as
hurricane forecasting, aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions, and
- Establishing innovative remote sensing techniques through the synthesis of
visible, infrared, and microwave measurements for retrieving aerosol and cloud
optical properties, vegetation properties, and precipitation and latent heat
- Developing novel instrumentation for applications in weather, climate,
air quality, and renewable energy
Please contact Dr. Min at email@example.com for additional
information regarding these opportunities and our research group; he encourages dialogue
regarding interest in his group´s projects.
- Dr. James Schwab
Dr. Schwab does not anticipate any openings for new graduate students starting in 2016.
His group is currently working on the following projects:
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. Topics include testing and simulating models with a microphysics scheme
that focuses on the realistic representation of ice crystals. This work entails using
the scheme within WRF with the ability to simulate polarimetric radar variables.
Potential student opportunities for the 2016-2017 academic year include:
1. Modeling ice–ice aggregation: This research includes using an Ice Particle and
Aggregation Simulator to develop a method of aggregation for an adaptive habit ice
growth model to be used in WRF.
2. Development of a bin ice microphysics method to be combined with a detailed
aerosol microphysical model.
3. Investigations of ice-graupel interactions in the production of lightning.
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
- Dr. Fangqun Yu
Dr. Yu´s research is focused on the following topics:
1. Multiple-component nucleation processes: Quantum calculation,
theoretical development, and application.
2. Regional (with WRF-Chem and GEOS-Chem nested) and global (with GEOS-Chem and
CESM-CAM5) modeling of size-resolved particle microphysics; oxidation aging of
organic species and particle growth; Atmospheric chemistry and particulate
3. Aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions; Aerosol direct/indirect radiative
forcing and climate change.
Students with an interest in one or more of the above topics are encouraged to
apply. For more information, please contact Dr. Fangqun Yu at