Alex Matus

PhD Candidate
PhD Topic: 
Aerosol Direct Effects and Forcing
MS Topic: 
A Global Survey of Aerosol Direct Effects
BS Major: 
Meteorology, Penn State University
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 1345
1225 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706
Student Bio: 

Hello! I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, advised by Prof. Tristan L'Ecuyer. My research investigates the complex role of aerosol particles in the global energy budget through satellite and model analyses to improve the prediction of future climate. I am a strategic storyteller, data visualizer, complex problem solver, and dedicated researcher. My passion is sharing science stories with the public through engaging data visualizations. My research interests include satellite remote sensing, cloud-aerosol-radiation interactions, atmospheric chemistry, and air quality. I have been involved in the field of atmospheric sciences through interning at NASA LaRC, attending workshops (WAS*IS, NCAR ULW), and presenting at professional conferences (AMS, AIAA, ESIP). Upon graduation (expected summer 2017), I plan to pursue a career in atmospheric science at a government research lab.


Matus, A. and T. L'Ecuyer, 2017: The role of cloud phase in Earth's radiation budget. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 2559-2578, doi:10:1002/2016JD025951 [Download]
Matus, A., T. S. L'Ecuyer, J. E. Kay, J.-F. Lamarque, and C. Hannay, 2015: The Role of Clouds in Modulating Global Aerosol Direct Radiative Effects in Spaceborne Active Observations and the Community Earth System Model. J. Climate, 28, 2986-3003 [Download]

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