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.
Congratulations to Yang Li who was awarded an NCAR Graduate Visitor fellowship! She will visit Boulder next summer to work with Mary Barth on LES modeling with chemistry.
November 14: Grad students Stacey Kawecki and Yang Li present posters on recent research at the UM Engineering Graduate Symposium.October 2014
October 20: Dr. Steiner presents at the NC State Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department seminar.
October 9: SNRE postdoc Zhiyuan Song presents a poster at the UM MCubed symposium titled "Dynamics of rural community forest use and labor migration in developing countries."September 2014
Postdoc Kirsti Ashworth publishes a News and Views piece in Nature Climate Change titled Atmospheric chemistry: A new player in climate change.
September 29: Dr. Steiner presents recent work on pollen phenological modeling at International Congress of Biometeorology in Cleveland, OH.
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.
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