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Susan C. van den Heever
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Leah Grant

Leah Grant
ldgrant (at) atmos.colostate.edu

(970) 491-8592
 
Biosketch: I grew up in central Wisconsin and obtained my Bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee. For my Masters research, I investigated the relative influence of aerosols and the environment on organized deep convection (check out some 3D animations from our simulations below!). My general research interests involve cloud and convective processes. Outside of work, I try to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer, including biking, skiing, hiking and snowshoeing, camping, and cooking.
 
Research: 3D animations created using VAPOR
Splitting convective storms: total condensate and surface precipitation rate
  
Tropical sea breeze convection: total condensate and an isosurface of potential temperature
 
 
Education:

Master of Science, 2014, Colorado State University

Bachelor of Science, 2011, University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
   Major - Atmospheric Sciences, minor - Mathematics

 
 
Awards:

Early Career Travel Grant, HD(CP)2 Understanding Clouds and Precipitation conference, Berlin, Germany, 2016

Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU Fall Meeting, 2015

CSU University Distinguished Professors Scholarship, 2015

Student Travel Award, 16th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, 2015

Outstanding Student Presentation Award, Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions Symposium, AMS 95th Annual Meeting, 2015

Herbert Riehl Memorial Award, 2014

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) Graduate Fellowship, 2011

American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship, 2011

 
 
Publications:

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2016: Cold pool dissipation. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 1138-1155. (link)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2015: Cold pool and precipitation responses to aerosol loading: Modulation by dry layers. J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 1398-1408. (link)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2014: Aerosol-cloud-land surface interactions within tropical sea breeze convection. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 8340-8361. (link)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2014: Microphysical and dynamical characteristics of low-precipitation and classic supercells. J. Atmos. Sci., 71, 2604-2624. (link)

 
 
Teaching Experience:

ATS 623: Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Spring 2016

ATS 712: Dynamics of Clouds GTA, Spring 2015

CMMAP Summer Internship Program mentor (Renee Duff), 2014

ATS 620: Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics GTA, Fall 2013

CMMAP Weather and Climate for Educators Professional Development Series for Teachers: "Weather and Climate Across the Globe", July 2013 and July 2014

 
 
Outreach:

2014 Young Scientist Symposium on Atmospheric Research planning committee

FORTCAST AMS local chapter Vice President, Spring 2014-present
     Secretary, Spring 2013-2014

Department of Atmospheric Science graduate student representative, 2012-2013

Little Shop of Physics volunteer

 
 
Conference Presentations:

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2016: Modeling cold pool - surface flux interactions. HD(CP)2 Understanding Clouds and Precipitation Conference, Berlin, Germany. (O)

van den Heever, S. C., L. D. Grant, S. R. Herbener, P. J. Marinescu, and A. M. Sheffield, 2016: Modulation of aerosol impacts on convective clouds. AMS 96th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (O)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2015: Cold pool and surface flux interactions in different environments. 2015 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (O)

van den Heever, S. C., P. Stier, W.-K. Tao, L. D. Grant, S. R. Herbener, P. J. Marinescu, S. M. Saleeby, and A. M. Sheffield, 2015: The modulation of aerosol impacts on convective clouds and precipitation. Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2015 Conference, Frascati (Rome), Italy. (O)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2015: How do surface fluxes influence cold pool evolution? 16th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Boston, MA. (O)

Grant, L. D., R. Duff, and S. C. van den Heever, 2015: Aerosol-induced microphysical processes and electrification in pyrocumulus. AMS 95th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. (O)

Duff, R., L. D. Grant, and S. C. van den Heever, 2014: Effects of wildfire pollution on the microphysical and electrical properties of pyrocumulus. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (P)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2014: Multicellular deep convection sensitivity to aerosols and midlevel dry layers. 14th Conference on Cloud Physics, Boston, MA. (P)

van den Heever, S. C., and L. D. Grant, 2014: The importance of the vertical location of aerosol layers on convective storms. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria. (Invited)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2014: The relative influence of aerosols and midlevel dryness on deep convective morphology. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria. (P)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2014: The relative impact of aerosols and environmental moisture on the characteristics of low-precipitation supercells. AMS 94th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. (O)

van den Heever, S. C., and L. D. Grant, 2014: The impacts of elevated aerosol layers on the dynamics and microphysical characteristics of deep convective storms. AMS 94th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. (O)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2013: The influence of aerosols and environmental moisture on the characteristics of supercellular and multicellular deep convection. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (P)

Igel, A. L., S. M. Saleeby, L. D. Grant, and S. C. van den Heever, 2013: Feedbacks between vertical velocity and microphysical processes in a single-column model. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (P)

Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2013: A modeling investigation into the dynamics and microphysics of low-precipitation supercells. 15th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Portland, OR. (O)

Sheffield, A. M., L. D. Grant, and S. C. van den Heever, 2013: Aerosol-cloud feedbacks between supersaturation and updraft speed. 15th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Portland, OR. (O)

Grant, L. D., S. C. van den Heever, and L. Lu, 2013: Aerosol-cloud-land surface interactions within tropical convection simulations. 19th International Conference on Nucleation and Atmospheric Aerosols, Fort Collins, CO. (O)

Grant, L. D., S. C. van den Heever, and L. Lu, 2012: Land-atmosphere interactions and mesoscale circulations in an idealized modeling framework. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (O)

van den Heever, S. C., S. M. Saleeby, S. Herbener, R. L. Storer, R. B. Seigel, A. L. Igel, A. M. Sheffield, C. J. McGee, M. R. Igel, L. D. Grant, T. L'Ecuyer, and W. K. Berg, 2012: Microphysical contributions to the latent heating structures of midlatitude and tropical storms and feedbacks to storm organization. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (O)

Grant, L. D., S. C. van den Heever, and L. Lu, 2012: An investigation into the feedback mechanisms amongst cloud and precipitation processes, aerosols, and terrestrial carbon and water cycles. 1st PAN-GASS Workshop, Boulder, CO. (P)

 
 
Last updated: 02/2016

Prof. Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
email: sue (at) atmos.colostate.edu

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