Biographical Sketch of Alan
Read a December 2010 interview in the Newsletter of the
Atmospheric Sciences Section of the AGU.
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In a tie.
In a shirt with peace cranes.
Education and Peace Corps:
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970 with a B.A.
in Meteorology. For the next 2 years I served as a Peace
Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, developing curricula and training
teachers of meteorology in the fishery vocational schools. I then attended
graduate school in the Department of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, receiving an S.M. in 1974 and Ph.D.
Employment: From 1977 until the end of 1997, I was on the faculty of the Department
of Meteorology of the University
of Maryland, where I was a Professor and the State
Climatologist of Maryland (1991-1997). I moved to
Rutgers University in January, 1998, where I am a
Distinguished Professor in the Department of
Environmental Sciences, Associate Director of the
Center for Environmental Prediction, Director of the
Meteorology Undergraduate Program,
and a member of the Graduate Program in
Atmospheric Science. I was a snow forecaster for Montgomery
County (Maryland) Public Schools for the winter of 1980-81.
Honors: Fellow of the American
Meteorological Society, 1998.
Who's Who in America, 1999.
Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America, 2006.
Participant in the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded a Nobel Peace
Prize, 2007. American Meteorological Society/Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, 2008-2009.
Fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2008.
Fellow of the
American Geophysical Union, 2011.
involves many aspects of climate change. I conduct both
observational analyses and climate model simulations. My current
research focuses on
effects of nuclear weapons, soil
moisture variations, the
effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, and
the impacts of climate change on human activities. I have published more than
350 articles on my
research, including more than
200 peer-reviewed papers.
I am Editor of Reviews of Geophysics,
starting in July 2010. I was Editor of the Journal of Geophysical
Research - Atmospheres from April 2000 through March 2005 and of the
of Climate and Applied Meteorology from January 1985 through December
1987. I was Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical
Research - Atmospheres from November 1998 to April 2000 and of
Reviews of Geophysics
from September 1994 to December 2000 and from February
2006 to June 2010.
I recently served as a Lead
Author in Working Group I for the Fifth Assessment Report of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
I have been the Member Representative for
Rutgers University to the
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
since 2001, and serve on its
Board of Trustees, for a term
from 2012 to 2015.
I am a member of the
Meteorological Society, American Geophysical
Union (AGU), American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS), and International
Association of Volcanism and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI).
I was President of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of AGU and
was Chair of the
Hydrospheric Sciences Section (Section W) of the AAAS.
Sabbaticals: I was awarded a
AAAS Congressional Science
Fellowship in 1986, and served as Legislative Assistant to Congressman
Bill Green (NY) and Research Fellow with the Environmental and Energy Study
Conference from September, 1986, through August, 1987. During the 1994-95 academic year I was on sabbatical as a Visiting Research
Scientist in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton
University, conducting climate research at
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. My 2004-05 sabbatical was spent in
Antarctica and at the
Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique,
Paris, France. In the Fall of 2011, I was on sabbatical as a Faculty Fellow
at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
in Boulder, Colorado.
Scientific Exchange: I
was an active participant in the US-USSR Agreement on Cooperation in the Field
of Environmental Protection, visiting the Soviet Union as an Exchange Scientist
6 times from 1979 through 1985. I returned to Russia in 2004 and in 2011.
Music: My favorite music is rock and folk, especially the music of
Tonight as I
Stand Inside the Rain: Bob Dylan and Weather Imagery (©
Copyright 2005 AMS)
Prepared by Alan
- Last updated on March 19, 2014