Alyson Douglas

PhD Candidate
PhD Topic: 
Cloud Processes and Controls
MS Topic: 
Cloud-Aerosol Radiative Effects
Completed in 2014
BS Major: 
Atm Ocn Sci, Life Sci Comm
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 1321
1225 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706
Student Bio: 

After becoming a Badger in 2010, I knew I wanted to find a path in life helping the world. Originally this meant climate change communication, but as I learned more about cloud aerosol effects with my senior thesis work with Tristan L'Ecuyer, I realized I wanted a more active role in climate research.

My master's work is on the indirect effect, where cloud-aerosol interactions lead to a change in the cloud's radiative properties. Future work carrying on into my PhD will include looking at changes in precipitation and cloud cover patterns.

Much of my research not only looks for trends in satellite observations from CloudSat and CALIPSO, but in understanding what physical processes could be altering the cloud's state.

As an undergraduate, I worked with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin as a communications assistant, eventually transitioning to run their yearly Birdathon fundraiser. I also worked with the Lakes Department of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, running their Lake's blog. Growing up in a small town on Moose Lake, Wisconsin, communicating the expected changes is a passion of mine; when I visit home, family and friends use me as their "Google" to convey our current understandings of climate and how they can expect it to affect their lives.

Research Highlights