Dr. Jennifer D. Small Griswold

Assistant Professor of Meteorology

Meteorology Department, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822

Research Interests

Cloud Microphysics, Aerosols and Climate, Satellite Remote Sensing of Clouds and Aerosol


University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA

Ph.D. Earth & Planetary Sciences, June 2009

Thesis: Observational studies of the microphysics and dynamics of warm cumulus

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

B.S. Meteorology, May 2002

B.S. Environmental Science, May 2002

Research Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Meteorology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012-present

Cloud microphysics, Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions and Remote Sensing of Clouds and Aerosols

Postdoctoral Researcher, Jet Propulsion LaboratorySmall_CV_10-17-12.html, 2009-2012

Influence of aerosols on clouds, precipitation and climate using multi-satellite data analyses and application of satellite observations to evaluate global climate.

Graduate Student Researcher, UC Santa Cruz, 2002-2009

Observational studies of warm clouds using a flight phase Doppler interferometer to measure cloud drop size distributions and drop velocity for understanding the microphysical processes of precipitation initiation and mixing in warm clouds. Research supervised by Prof. Patrick Chuang.

Refereed Publications

Small, J.D., J. H. Jiang, and H. Su, Seasonal variation in the relationships between aerosol and cloud fraction, in prep.

Small, J.D., P.Y. Chuang, and H. Jonsson, Microphysical imprint of entrainment in warm cumulus, Submitted to Tellus B.

Small, J.D., From clouds to precipitation: Water in our atmosphere, invited Nature Knowledge Project article, Submitted.

Small, J.D., J. H. Jiang, H. Su, and Chengxing Zhai, 2011: Relationship between aerosol and cloud fraction over Australia, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L23802, doi:10.1029/2011GL049404.

Small, J.D., P.Y. Chuang, G. Feingold, H. Jiang, 2009: Can aerosol decrease cloud lifetime? Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L16806, doi:10.1029/2009GL038888.

Small, J.D. and P.Y. Chuang, 2008: New observations of precipitation initiation in warm cumulus clouds, J. Atmos. Sci., 65, 2972-2982, doi:10.1175/2008JAS2600.1

Chuang, P. Y., E. W. Saw, J. D. Small, R. A. Shaw, C.M. Sipperley, G. A. Payne, and W. D. Bachalo, 2008. Airborne phase Doppler interferometry for cloud microphysical measurements, Aerosol Sci. Tech., 42, 685-703.

Robert M. R., B. Stevens, J. Davison, S. Göke, O. L. Mayol-Bracero, D. Rogers, P. Zuidema, H. T. Ochs III, C. Knight, J. Jensen, S. Bereznicki, S. Bordoni, H. Caro-Gautier, M. Colón-Robles, M. Deliz, S. Donaher, V. Ghate, E. Grzeszczak, C.Henry, A.M. Hertel, I. Jo, M. Kruk, J. Lowenstein, J. Malley, B. Medeiros, Y. Méndez-Lopez, S. Mishra, F. Morales-García, L. A. Nuijens, D. O'Donnell, D. L. Ortiz-Montalvo, K. Rasmussen, E. Riepe, S. Scalia, E. Serpetzoglou, H. Shen, M. Siedsma, J. Small, E. Snodgrass, P. Trivej, J. Zawislak: In the Driver’s Seat – RICO and Education, Bull. Am. Met. Soc., 88 (12): 1929-1937.

Harnack, R. and J. Small, 2002: Identification and analysis of dry periods in New Jersey using the New Brunswick precipitation record. Bull. of the New Jersey Acad. of Sci, 47(1):1-6.

Invited Talks

Small, J.D., 2010: The sky is not the limit, 5th annual West Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, University of California Santa Cruz.

Small, J.D. and P.Y., Chuang, 2007: Understanding warm clouds: Answering old questions with new observations and insights, GISS/Columbia University Friday Seminar Series.

Small, J.D. and P.Y., Chuang, 2008: Chasing the Warm Rain Mystery: Investigating buoyancy, entrainment and microphysical processes in shallow cumulus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, seminar.

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012-Present

Course: Introduction to Meteorology

Adjunct Faculty, Cerritos College, 2011-2012

Courses: Weather and Climate, Physical Geography

Subject Matter Expert (Meteorology), South University Online, 2011-present

Course: Introduction to Meteorology

Instructor, University of California – Santa Cruz, 2007-2009

Courses: Weather and Climate, Concepts of Environmentalism, Writing 1 for Freshman

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, University of California – Santa Cruz, 2004-2007

Honors, Fellowships and Awards

Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Award, 2011

Best Student Oral Presentation, 2006: AMS 12th Conference on Cloud physics

Outstanding Earth Science TA (EART 006), 2005: University of California Santa Cruz

Center for Informal Learning and Schools Graduate Science Fellow, 2005-07: University of California Santa Cruz

Outstanding Earth Science TA (EART 80C), 2004: University of California Santa Cruz

American Meteorological Society/NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise Graduate Fellowship, 2002-03: University of California Santa Cruz