Atmospheric Sciences


Will H. Cantrell

  • Professor, Physics
  • Director, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI)
  • Associate Dean, Graduate School

Graduate Activities

  • Graduate Program Assessment
  • Professional Development of Graduate Students
  • Graduate Program Review

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Cloud and aerosol physics and chemistry
  • Nucleation

Simon Carn

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Using satellite measurements to constrain global volcanic SO2 production and emissions from individual volcanoes
  • Validation of OMI SO2 retrievals using correlative data from ground-based, airborne and space-borne instruments
  • Tracking volcanic SO2 and ash clouds operationally for aviation hazard mitigation
  • Remote sensing of tropospheric volcanic plumes using DOAS and FTIR
  • Quantifying anthropogenic emissions of SO2 from sources such as copper smelters and oil and gas fields
  • Mitigation of the environmental and health impacts of volcanic degassing using satellite data
  • Comparisons between satellite observations and chemical transport model simulations of volcanic clouds and plumes

Paul V. Doskey

  • Professor, SFRES

Research Interests

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry of Surface-Atmosphere Exchange
  • Atmospheric Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Alex B. Kostinski

  • Professor, Physics


  • Atmospheric Physics

Mark Kulie

  • Research Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Areas of Interest

  • Snowfall remote sensing using spaceborne and ground-based instruments
  • Global snowfall characterization and future snowfall trends
  • Measuring snow microphysical properties
  • Lake effect snow (satellite and radar observations, modeling, forecasting)

Research Interests

  • Understanding future global snowfall trends using combined modeling, reanalysis, and observational datasets
  • Using spaceborne radar and microwave radiometer observations to quantify global snowfall
  • Evaluating spaceborne precipitation estimates using ground-based radar and in situ snow microphysics observations
  • Studying systematic snow microphysical property differences associated with distinct snowfall modes (lake effect vs. synoptic snow)
  • Characterizing uncertainties in spaceborne snowfall estimates due to snow and ice particle microphysics
  • Improving snow/ice microphysical properties and processes in numerical models
  • Developing improved lake effect snow forecasting tools using satellite data

Claudio Mazzoleni

  • Associate Professor, Physics


  • Atmospheric Science
  • Aerosol properties (optical, physical and morphological) and effects on clouds and climate
  • Instrument development and environmental optics

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Understanding the identities, occurrence, and transformation of aerosol organic compounds
  • Identifying organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments
  • Exploration of new LC column chemistries with ultrahigh pressure pumps for fast and thorough separations
  • Aqueous reaction pathways

Judith A. Perlinger

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transport & Transformation of Organic Chemicals
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and Water Quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability

William I. Rose

  • Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Volcanology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Volcanic Clouds
  • Geoheritage

Raymond A. Shaw

  • Professor, Physics
  • Director, Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. Program

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Cloud Physics
  • Nucleation
  • Turbulence
  • Digital Holography

Shiliang Wu

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Interactions among climate, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, and land use/land cover
  • Impacts of global change on atmospheric chemistry and long-range transport of air pollution
  • Anthropogenic perturbations to the atmosphere and implications for environmental sustainability
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions, especially in the context of global change
  • Impacts of aerosols on the global hydrological cycle
Xin Xi

Xin Xi

  • Research Assistant Professor, Physics

Research Interests

  • The sources, sinks, transformations, and transport of atmospheric aerosols and gases
  • Human-induced changes in land-cover/land-use and atmospheric composition
  • Impacts of atmospheric particulates and gases on Earth’s energy balance, ecosystems, air quality, public health, and food production
  • Remote sensing science and applications
  • Synergistic application of ground, airborne, and satellite observations, chemical transport models, Earth system models, and inverse modeling

Pengfei Xue

  • Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Numerical Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Great Lakes Research Center

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Coupled physical-biological modeling
  • Dynamics of coupled ocean-atmosphere models
  • Ocean data assimilation
  • Estuary and coastal ocean circulation
  • Bio-physical processes in the Great Lakes