Two NCAR researchers join senior scientist ranks

Three Scientist IIIs also named

May 21, 2013 | At its meeting on May 15–16 in Washington, D.C., the UCAR Board of Trustees appointed two new NCAR senior scientists:

Marika Holland, NESL/CGD
Jean-François Lamarque, NESL/ACD

You’ll find profiles of each of them below.

Senior scientists provide NCAR with long-term scientific leadership. The qualifications for the position are analogous to those for a full professor at a university. Selection is based on individual competence in research and activities that enhance NCAR’s interaction with scientists in the broader community.

The board also appointed three NCAR researchers to the Scientist III level, which is one step below senior scientist:

Mark Miesch (HAO)
David Lawrence (NESL/CGD)
Hugh Morrison (NESL/MMM)

Six researchers were appointed as affiliate scientists, working with the following labs and programs:

Guido Cervone (George Mason University), RAL
Paul Charbonneau (University of Montreal), HAO
Ineke De Moortel (University of St. Andrews), HAO
Veronika Eyring (German Aerospace Center), NESL
Song-You Hong (Yonsei University), NESL
J.D. Huba (Naval Research Laboratory), HAO

Marika Holland

Marika Holland
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Marika’s research has focused on sea ice and its role in the climate system. One of her areas of specialty is using computer models to determine how rapidly climate change over the next few decades will spur the melting and retreat of summertime sea ice in the Arctic. She also researches high-latitude climate variability and the influence of sea ice on the atmosphere and ocean.

Marika is also in her second year as chief scientist of the Community Earth System Model and chair of the CESM Scientific Steering Committee. Her duties include oversight of the CESM’s 12 working groups, coordination of model experiments, and decision making on model definition and development.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at CU-Boulder, Marika went on to earn a doctorate at CU in aerospace engineering through the Program in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences. She joined NCAR’s scientific staff in 2000 following postdoctoral appointments at the University of Victoria and NCAR. Marika has been an active member of numerous committees and advisory panels for the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. and NSF, among others, and has contributed to a number of national and international assessments on the changing Arctic climate. [Marika Holland's home page]

Jean-François Lamarque

Jean-Francois Lamarque
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Jean-François uses global models to study chemistry-climate interactions. He has analyzed the role of nitrogen in shaping how much carbon is absorbed by plants and soils, the impact of black carbon and other aerosols on future warming in the Arctic and United States, and the evolution of ozone in the troposphere.

For the last six years, Jean-François has cochaired the CESM’s chemistry-climate working group. He is serving as a lead author for the chapter on radiative forcing in the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group 1). Jean-François has authored or coauthored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers.

A native of Belgium, Jean-François completed his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physics at Catholic University of Louvain, graduating in 1993. While finishing his Ph.D. program, Jean-François was a graduate research assistant at NCAR. He became an ASP postdoc in 1993 and joined NCAR’s scientific staff afterward. [Jean-François Lamarque's home page]