Hi, from my office in beautiful Davis, California. I’m a new member of the faculty here at UCD in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. I am an affiliate of the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Group which is a cluster of about a dozen and a half faculty members from across the university who work with students on problems related to Earth’s atmosphere. I study convective clouds of various types and with various methods. See my Research page. I graduated with BS’s in Physics and Meteorology from NC State University (Go Wolfpack) in 2009. I moved on to graduate school at Colorado State University in June of that year. I received my Master’s degree in 2011 after working with Graeme Stephens and my PhD in 2014 after working with Sue van den Heever. I won an National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which I used to study for two years at the University of Miami with Brian Mapes. Since September 2016, I’ve been working here at UCD.
OK, now a little bit of information about me that isn’t on my CV. I love the outdoors. In the summer, I spend my time in the mountains hiking. In the winter, I spend my time in the mountains…snowboarding. I’m an avid Atlanta Braves fans and baseball fan in general. I enjoy traveling. Either for science or vacation I have been to the UK, France, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Australia, and Thailand over the past 5 years. Finally, since living in the Napa Valley of beer during grad school, I have enjoyed home brewing and tasting the efforts of the pros.
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(Updated Spring 2019)
Nathan Pope (PhD: 2019-) will be joining us here at Davis in the Fall. He recently received his bachelors of science in physics from Harvey Mudd College. He has always been passionate about atmospheric science and now has the opportunity to pursue that passion in his post-graduate studies.
Past Group Members
Nick Falk (Undergraduate: 2018-2019) is currently working on a project examining the impact of hydrometeor fall speed relationships and the care we need to take in comparing bin and bulk CRM simulations. Nick is currently attending Colorado State University. Nick’s webpage.
Hrag Najarian (Undergraduate: 2017-2019) is currently attending the University of Oklahoma. See Hrag’s description (sorry, no slides…) of our work together at the 2019 AMS Annual Meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiYjaKahvzw . Or, read his extended abstract.