Graduate Students

Overview

The research program provides students with a fundamental background in atmospheric physics, including geophysical fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, chemistry and electrodynamics of the ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere system and its coupling to the atmospheric layers below and to the Sun above. Thesis topics are related to satellite data analysis, modeling and theoretical studies.

Requirements

I am seeking highly motivated students with a strong background in physics or, if significant course work in physics has been taken, an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science, chemistry, engineering, mathematics or meteorology. Previous experiences with atmospheric physics and computer programming are not required, but students are expected to have a strong interest in accquiring such skills. General information about the graduate program and admission can be found here.

Current Opportunities

I have a number of current and pending projects from NASA and NSF that provide research assistantships. Right now, I am seeking graduate students who are interested in one of the following two topics:

Short-term tidal variability in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere region. The goal of this funded project in collaboration with the University of Louisville, KY, is to develop a statistical empirical model and to understand the physical causes of the observed variability.

Exploring the causes of water vapor variability in SABER/TIMED water vapor data. This pending project is expected to start in 2016 and involves data analysis and mesospheric data assimilation in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, and Hampton University, VA.