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Graduate Fellowship Opportunities at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

News (12/17/2014): Merit-based first-year graduate fellowships available

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 the appropriate 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 (ksulia@albany.edu). 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.

Graduate Student Opportunities at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

There are current or planned graduate student opportunities in the following areas for 2015-16:

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 at crferguson@albany.edu

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 at jfreedman@albany.edu

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 at lharrison@albany.edu

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 assimilation.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Lu at clu4@albany.edu

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 at smiller@albany.edu

Dr. James Schwab
Dr. Schwab has opportunities for graduate study in one or more of the following topics:

  • 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 at jschwab@albany.edu

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 areas:

  • 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 at ksulia@albany.edu

Dr. Wei-Chyung Wang
Dr. Wang´s research is focused on the following topics:

  • 1. Aerosol–cloud interactions.
  • 2. Climate–chemistry interactions
  • Current research:
    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 at wcwang@albany.edu