How will our world respond to climate change? In our research group, we focus on the relationship between the atmosphere and the terrestrial biosphere and are working to understand and quantify the complex feedbacks within the Earth System that occur at this interface.
Why do we study the terrestrial biosphere? Trees are a living, breathing dynamic component of the Earth system. Like humans, they can respond and adapt to climate change in ways that we cannot anticipate. Further, these responses can influence atmospheric composition through the release of gas phase compounds like water vapor and volatile organic compounds (VOC) and particulate matter such as pollen. These gas and aerosol components can cause changes in climate at the local and regional scale by altering surface air temperatures and precipitation.
How can we represent such a dynamic, responsive component such as trees into our climate models? And how important are these natural changes in comparison to those that are driven by human beings? Our research group works to integrate the dynamic biosphere into high-resolution models and compare with observations, with the ultimate goal of developing a comprehensive understanding of regional scale climate and atmospheric chemistry.
We're changing up the format for AOSS 747 (Graduate Student Seminar) this term - students will be writing a research proposal and working on professional development. Contact Dr. Steiner if you are interested!
Group meetings for the semester will be held on Thursdays from 2-3PM in SRB 2218. All interested students are welcome to attend.August 2014
Congratulations to Alex Bryan for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on August 15! Alex will be starting a postdoc at the Northeastern Regional Climate Center in UMass Amherst in the fall.
Welcome to Cristina Davila Arriaga, a graduate student from the University of Sao Paolo, and working with the group on regional climate modeling. Her visit is funded by the UM-Brazil partnership for sustainability.
Farewell to REU undergraduate Sam Pennypacker, who is headed back to UC Berkeley. Stay tuned for Sam's presentation of his REU work at the AMS Student Meeting in January 2015.
Dr. Steiner and MS student Samantha Basile present recent work on Great Lakes precipitation intensity to stakeholders at three workshops sponsored by the NOAA COCA (Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications) project.July 2014
Dr. Steiner is co-author on a forum piece is published in Eos on strategies for improving scientist and stakeholder communication. This is the outcome of a 2012 AGU session co-chaired with Charles Vorosmarty, Bill Gutowski and Bernice Rosenszweig.June 2014
The Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere GRC is finally here! Thanks to our US funding agencies (NSF, NASA and NOAA) for providing early career scientist support, and also to all the speakers and discussion leaders for a great conference.
Dr. Steiner participates in the GLISA Adaptation in the Great Lakes region Conference in Ann Arbor, and will be part of a panel discussion on June 25 titled "Projections and Downscaling Data."
Grad student Stacey Kawecki heads off to Boulder for the WRF User's Meeting. She will be presenting a poster on her work titled "The impact of pollution state on the direct and indirect aerosol effects on convective events in the Southern Great Plains."
Congratulations to graduate student Yang Li for passing the qualifying exam!
Welcome to new graduate student Matthew Wozniak! Matthew will be starting in the group this summer after completing his undergradate degree in Physics from Slippery Rock University.May 2014
Last call for GRC Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere registration! Applications will be accepted until June 1. Janne and I hope to see you in Spain!
Welcome to AOSS undergraduate and CoE SURE student Jordan Swift. Jordan will be working with postdoc Kirsti Ashworth this summer on the NSF canopy project and meteorological events that lead to clean and polluted conditions at the canopy field sites.
Congratulations to graduating Master's student Dori Mermelstein. She'll be around for the summer before moving on to a new job at Accenture. Dori has been with the group for a long time and we'll miss her!
The first semester of our CoE Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) project is wrapping up... stay posted for more progress on the maple-seed microdrone project!April 2014
April 7: Graduate students Alex Bryan and Stacey Kawecki present recent work at the Michigan Geophysical Union (MGU). Congratulations to Alex for winning the Student Choice award!
As a result of our US-Egypt collaboration grant, we have a new paper published on the simulation of ozone and aerosols over Cairo using the coupled regional chemistry-climate model RegCM-CHEM.March 2014
Registration for the Gordon Conference on Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere is now open. We will be accepting applications until June 1. Abstracts for Early Career Scientist oral presentations are due by April 15 to Thomas Karl (Thomas.Karl@uibk.ac.at).January 2014
Dr. Steiner is appointed as a new editor for JGR Atmospheres and will be covering papers on land-atmosphere interactions.
A new paper co-authored on the effects of land cover expansion on biogenic VOC emisisons is now online.
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