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Department Alumni

Student Publication List Available here!


Department graduates with links to thesis pdf and current status


Gregory Deemer, M.S. (Bhatt/Eicken),


  • Richard Lader, M.S. (Bhatt),
  • Joshua Walston, M.S. (Gibson),
  • Soumik Basu, Ph.D., (Zhang),
  • Michael Pirhalla, M.S. (Mölders),
    Pirhalla, M.A. (2014) 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 here.
  • Vinay Kayetha M.S. (Sassen)
  • Bithi De, M.S. (Zhang),
  • Michael Madden, M.S. (Mölders),
  • Cecilia Borries, M.S. (Zhang),



  • 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)
  • Cameron Martus, M.S. (Collins)


  • 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, Fairbanks, AK.
  • Rebecca Legatt, 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,
    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,
    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,
    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 ,
    Energy Analyst at DNV Global Energy Concepts, Inc Seattle, Washington.
  • Morgan Brown, M.S. (Mölders),
    ' Impact of Local External Forcing of the 2006 Augustine Volcano Eruption on Regional Weather Conditions' , pdf,
    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,
  • 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,
    DAS UAF Ph.D. Program/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,
    Scientist at NASA/GSFC.
  • 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,
    University of Oslo-Physics Dept., 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,
    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 .
    Scientist at 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,
    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.