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Department Alumni

Student Publication List Available here!


Department graduates with links to thesis pdf and listing of current positions


  • Abraham Melesse Endalamaw, Ph.D. (R.Bolton), 'Development of a Parameterization for mesoscale hydrological modeling and application to landscape and climate change in the Interior Alaska boreal forest ecosystem'. pdf.


  • Colin Triplett, Ph.D. (Collins), 'Rocket and LIDAR Studies of Waves and Turbulence in the Arctic Middle Atmoshere', pdf.
  • Jintai Li, M.S. (Collins), ' Radar Studies of Turbulence and Lidar Studies of The Nickel Layers in The Arctic Mesosphere', pdf, PhD Program D. Atmos Sci. UAF.
  • Amy Hendricks, MS (Walsh/Saito),'Late Quaternary and Future Biome Simulations for Alaska and Eastern Russia', pdf, PhD Program D. Atmos Sci. UAF.
  • Stanley Edwin, MS (Mölders),'Climatology and Forcing Mechanisms of Funnel Clouds in Alaska', pdf, PhD Program D. Atmos Sci. UAF.


  • Reynir Winnan, M.S. (Bhatt), 'Using Self-Organizing Maps to Detail Synoptic Connections Between Climate Indices and Alaska Weather', pdf, Meteorologist at Risk Management Solutions.
  • Vinay Kayetha, Ph.D. (Collins), 'Ice Clouds over Fairbanks, Alaska', pdf, Support Scientist at NASA Goddard.
  • Mary Butwin, M.S. (Mölders), 'Theoretical Investigations on Strategies for Sampling Metoerological and Chemical Field Quantities in Smoke Plumes Using UAVS', pdf. PhD Program University of Iceland.
    <==Video Summary of Thesis.

  • Derek Starkenberg, Ph.D. (Fochesatto/Prakash), 'The Analysis of Turbulent Sensible Heat Fluxes within a Heterogeneous Black Spruce Boreal Forest in Alaska', pdf. Post Doc University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
    <==Video Summary of Thesis.
  • Gregory Deemer, M.S. (Bhatt/Eicken), 'On Using Numerical Sea-Ice Prediction and Indigenous Observations to Improve Operational Sea-Ice Forecasts During Spring in the Bering Sea', pdf.
    Anchorage, AK.
    <==Video Summary of Thesis.


  • Richard Lader, M.S. (Bhatt),
    'An Evaluation of Reanalysis Products for Alaska to Facilitate Climate Impact Studies', pdf.
    UAF PhD program (J. Walsh)
  • Joshua Walston, M.S. (Gibson),
    'Evaluation of High Latitude Variability, with a Focus on Bering Sea Extremes Simulated by the Community Earth System Model, Version 1', pdf.
    Utah State PhD program
  • Soumik Basu, Ph.D., (Zhang),
    'Modeling investigation of Northern Hemisphere Extratropical Storm Variability and Changes in a Warming Climate', pdf.
    Lecturer Calcutta
  • Michael Pirhalla, M.S. (Mölders),
    'Assessment of Particulate Accumulation Climatology under Inversions in Glacier Bay for the 2008 Tourist Season Using WRF/Chem Data'. M.S. Thesis, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 148 p., pdf.

    National Park Service, Fairbanks, AK.
  • Vinay Kayetha M.S. (Sassen),
    'Ice Clouds Over Fairbanks', Alaska, pdf.
    DAS PhD program (Collins)
  • Bithi De, M.S. (Zhang),
    'Arctic Spring Transition in a Warming Climate: Analysis by Using a Reanalysis Dataset' , pdf.
    PhD Program, Atmos Sci Purdue University
  • Michael Madden, M.S. (Mölders),
    'Using WRF/CHEm Surface Observations, and CALIPSO Data to Develop Synthetic Pixels for the Assessment of Smoke Signals at High Latitudes', pdf.
  • Cecilia Borries, M.S. (Zhang),
    'Atmospheric Moisture Transport and Its Impact on the Water Cycle over the North Pacific: The Roles of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and El Nino', pdf.


  • Ketsiri Leelasakultum, M.S. (Mölders),
    'Investigation on the Impacts of Low-Sulfur Fuel Used in Residential Heating and Oil-Fired Power Plants on PM2.5-Concentrations and its Composition in Fairbanks', Alaska, pdf.
  • Matthew Gruber, M.S. (Fochesatto),' Sensitivity Analysis and Solution Method for Scintillometer Measurements of Area-Average Turbulent Fluxes', pdf.
  • Cameron Martus, M.S. (Collins), 'Exploration of Mesospheric Metal Layers from Chatanika, Alaska', pdf.


  • Huy N. Q. Tran (Mölders)
    'Analyiss of Model and Observation Data for the Development of a Public PM2.5 Air-Quality Advisories Tool (AQuAT)', pdf.
  • Theodore Fathaur, M.S. (Mölders)
    ‘The Relation of Spring Pollen Release to Weather in Fairbanks, Alaska’, pdf.
    NWS Fairbanks
  • Brita Irving, M.S. (Collins)
    'Rayleigh LIDAR studies of Mesospheric Inversion layers at Poker Flat Research Range, Chatanika, Alaska', pdf
  • Peter Bieniek, Ph.D. (Bhatt)
    ‘Assessing River Ice Breakup Date, Coastal Tundra Vegetation and Climate Divisions in the Context of Alaska Climate Variability’, pdf
    Postdoc at IARC (J. Walsh)
  • Oceana Francis, Ph.D. (Bhatt/Atkinson)
    ‘Atmospheric Forcing of Wave States in the Southeast Chukchi Sea’, pdf,
    Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii.


  • John Mayfield, M.S. (Fochesatto)
    ‘The Micrometeorological Effects of Drainage Flow in the Winter Atmospheric Boundary Layer’, pdf
  • Paula Moreira, M.S. (Zhang)
    'Mesoscale Modeling of a Polar Low in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas',  pdf.
  • Jean K Talbot, M.S. (Bhatt)
    'Use of Hurst and Renyi Analysis to Detect and Characterize Pacific Decadal Oscillation Impacts on Climate Variability in Alaska', pdf,
    Physics Dept. Lab Supervisor, UAF. ,UAF ATM Ph.D. program.
  • Dyre O. Dammann, M.S. (Bhatt)
    'Role of Arctic Sea Ice Variability in Climate Models', pdf,
    UAF Geophysics Ph.D. program.
  • Jiang Zhu, Ph.D. (Sassen)
    'Investigation on Cirrus Clouds by the Cloud-Aerosol LIDAR and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation Data', pdf,
    GINA, UAF, Fairbanks, AK.


  • Austin Cross, M.S. (Atkinson)
    'Synoptic drivers of storm surge In Kotzebue Sound', pdf,
    National Weather Service, Monterrey, CA.
  • Julie Malingowski, M.S. (Atkinson)
    'An  Observational  study  of  the  surfaced-­-based  radiation  temperature  inversion   in  Fairbanks,  Alaska', pdf.
    National Weather Service,NOAA.
  • Rebecca Legatt (Heim), M.S. (Polyakov)
    'North Atlantic Air-Sea Interactions Driven by Atmospheric and Oceanic Stochastic Forcing in a Simple Box Model', pdf.
    NOAA Sea Ice Forecaster, Anchorage, Alaska.


  • Debasish Pai Mazumder,Ph.D (Mölders),
    ' A concept to access the performance of a permafrost model run fully coupled with a climate model', pdf,
    Postgraduate Scientist, NCAR, Boulder, CO.
  • Stacy E. Porter, M.S. (Mölders),
    'Investigation of the impact of ship emissions on atmospheric composition and deposition in remote, coastal landscapes of southwest Alaska', pdf,
    Postdoctoral Researcher, OSU, past position: Ph.D. student at Ohio State University.
  • Brentha Thurairajah, Ph.D. (Collins),
    ' Role of waves on the circulation of the arctic middle atmosphere: Rayleigh LIDAR measurements and analysis', pdf ,
    Post-doc position at Virginia Tech.
  • Michel dos Santos Mesquita, Ph.D.(Atkinson),
    ' Characteristics and variability of storm tracks in the North Pacific', Bering Sea and Alaska, pdf,
    Scientist at Bjerknes Center in Bergen Norway.
  • Agatha Light, M.S. (Collins),
    'Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Resonance Fluorescence Lidar for Measurements of N+2 in the Auroral Atmosphere', pdf,
    U Montana Missoula, Past positions: Physics Dept. Lab Supervisor, UAF.
  • Jennifer March, M.S. (Atkinson),
    'Synoptic Climatology of the Eastern Brooks Range, Alaska: A Data Legacy of the International Geophysical Year', pdf, Fairbanks, AK.


  • Stefanie Bourne, M.S. (Bhatt),
    ' A Climate Perspective of Observed and Modeled Surface-based Temperature Inversions in Alaska', pdf ,
    Senior Consultant at DNV Global Energy Concepts, Inc Seattle, Washington.
  • Morgan Brown (Yarker), M.S. (Mölders),
    'Impact of Local External Forcing of the 2006 Augustine Volcano Eruption on Regional Weather Conditions' , pdf,
    Owner/Consultant at Yarker Consulting, Cedar Rapids Iowa, past positions: University of Iowa, PhD Program.
  • Patrick Cobb, M.S. (Sassen),
    ' Assessing the Performance of Several MODIS Level-2 Cloud and Aerosol Products Against a Surface Based Polarization Cloud LIDAR at Fairbanks, AK', pdf.,
    Wind Energy Enterprise, Firefighter, New Mexico.


  • Peter Bieniek, M.S. (Wendler),
    ' Climate and Predictibility of Alaska Wildfires', pdf,
    DAS UAF Ph.D. Program
  • Pavan Kankanala, M.S. (Sassen),
    'Doppler Sodar Observations of the Winds and Structure in the Lower Atmosphere Over Fairbanks, Alaska' , pdf,
    Southern California Edison, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Zhao Li, Ph.D. (Mölders),
    ' Investigations on the Impacts of Land-Cover Changes and/or Increased CO2 Concentrations on Four Regional Water Cycles and Their Interactions with the Global Water Cycle', pdf,
    Scientist at NASA/GSFC.


  • Rawshan Muna, M.S. (Alexeev),
    ' On the Origin of Monson: Conventional Theory vs New Findings', Project M.S., pdf,
    London, UK.
  • Colin Murray, M.S. (Walsh),
    ' A Model Composite Assessment of the Enhancement of Arctic Warming by Sea Ice Retreat', Project MS.
  • Kara Sterling, M.S. (Bhatt),
    ' Multi-Decadal Variability of Atlantic Water Heat Transports as Seen in the Community Climate Systems Model Version 3.0', pdf,
    NOAA Tsunami Warning Center, Palmer, Alaska.
  • Ramaswamy Tiruchirapalli, M.S. (Sassen),
    ' Micropulse Lidar Observations of Free Tropospheric Aerosols over the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement site at Barrow, Alaska', pdf,
    Programmer Analyst at SAIC, NASA/GSFC, Maryland.
  • James Campbell, Ph.D. (Sassen),
    'Autonomous Full-Time Lidar Observations of Polar Stratospheric Clouds at South Pole', pdf,
    Scientist at Naval Postgraduate School.


  • Mihailo Jankov, M.S. (Mölders),
    'Analysis of Uncertainty in Simulated Exchange of heat and Moisture at the Land-Atmosphere Interface', pdf,
    Senior Engineer - Condensed Matter Physics, University of Oslo-Physics Dept., past position: Uof Oslo Ph.D. Program.
  • Bala Narapusetty, M.S. (Mölders),
    'Evaluation of a Hydro-thermodynamic Soil Vegetation Scheme on the Basis of
    Observations and a Galerkin type Finite Element Numerical Scheme', pdf,
    NASA GSFC, past positions: George Mason University/COLA, Ph.D. Program.


  • Ipshita Majhi, M.S. (Mölders),
    'Evaluation of a Hydro-thermodynamic Soil Vegetation Scheme by Observations in Alaska and the Baltic Region', Project MS, pdf,
    UAF, PhD Program.
  • Likun Wang, Ph.D. (Sassen),
    'Mid-latitude Cirrus Cloud Structural Properties Analyzed From the Extended Facility for Atmospheric Remote Sensing', pdf .
    Assistant Research Scientist at ESSIC, University of Maryland.


  • Cecilé Hannay, M.S. (Bhatt),
    'Single Column Model Simulations of Arctic Cloudiness and Surface Radiative Fluxes during the SHEBA Experiment', pdf,
    Associate Scientist at NCAR CGD, Boulder Colorado, Past positions: Scientist NOAA CIRES Boulder
  • Joseph Sheedy, M.S. (Cahill),
    'On the Surface: Energy Budget of Antarctic Sea Ice', Project MS, pdf,
    Velotron Heavy Industries, Seattle, WA.
  • Adrienne Tivy, M.S. (Bhatt),
    'Investigation of North Pacific Sea Ice Anomalies in the Context of Atmospheric and Oceanic Variability', pdf,
    Canadian Ice Service, Past positions: IARC Post-doc at UAF, PhD U. Calgary Edmonton.