Supervisory Physical Scientist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Madison, WI, 2003-present. Perform satellite meteorology and climatology research focusing on the polar regions. Branch Chief, Advanced Satellite Products Branch. Manage a seven-member team involved in the algorithm development, the specification of future satellite systems, calibration, and the use of satellite products in weather prediction systems.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Madison, WI, 1999-2002. Perform satellite meteorology research and develop high-latitude satellite products. Acting Team Leader, Advanced Satellite Products Team, 4/2001-12/2002. Manage a seven-member team involved in the algorithm development, the specification of future satellite systems, calibration, and the use of satellite products in weather prediction systems.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000-present.
Department of Geography, Boston University, 1995-1999. Taught courses in meteorology, climatology, and remote sensing; conducted research in climatology and satellite remote sensing. Director of Graduate Studies, 1996-1998.
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder (Climatology), 1988
M.A., Northern Michigan University (Resource Analysis), 1982
WMO Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar Observations, Research and Services, U.S. representative (one of three), 2009-present.
WMO Gloal Cryosphere Watch co-lead, 2008-present.
WMO Polar Space Task Group (formerly the International Polar Year STG), NOAA representative, 2007-present (Vice Chair).
Associate Editor (radiation), Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 2004-present.
University of Wisconsin: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (U. Wisconsin) Board of Directors, 2001-present. Space Science and Engineering Center (U. Wisconsin) Science Council, 2001-present.
McMurdo, Antarctica, October-November 2004
SHEBA, western Arctic Ocean, July 1998
Greenland, May-June 1995
BASE, Beaufort Sea, September-October 1994
SIMMS'93, Canadian Arctic, May 1993
SIMMS'92, Canadian Arctic, June 1992
LeadEx, western Arctic Ocean, April 1992
Interests: Polar climatology; cloud radiative effects; satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere; surface radiation budgets.
Summary: PI, Co-PI, or Co-I on 63 grants totaling over $25M.
Summary: Taught 15 different courses in remote sensing, meteorology, statistics, geography, and computer science at Boston University, the University of Colorado, the University of Alaska, and Northern Michigan University.
U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal “For the timely creation and leadership of the team to increase the scientific value of the Suomi satellite environmental data products to meet NOAA users’ needs.”, 2014 (with 12 others)
NASA Group Achievement Award to Suomi NPP Mission Development Team “For extraordinary dedication, skill, teamwork, and perserverance in developing and delivering the Suomi NPP Mission for the Nation”, 2012.
NOAA Administrator’s Award for scientific leadership and excellence in support of domestic and international polar observing activities during the International Polar Year (with Pablo Clemente-Colón), 2009.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bronze Medal, 2008, for "innovative uses of operational weather satellites to understand climate change and to quantify trends in the global climate system" (with A. Heidinger, R. Ferraro, T. Smith, M. Eakin, and K. Gallo).
U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for Scientific and Engineering Achievement, 2005 - improving global weather forecasts through better utilization of satellite observations over the polar regions (with J. Daniels).
Summary: Author/co-author on over 100 journal papers and other peer-reviewed publications, 5 book chapters, 16 technical and data reports (some peer-reviewed), numerous workshop reports, and 82 conference proceedings papers and newsletter articles.