Nick Falk


I grew up in Chatsworth, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. I attended UC Davis for my undergraduate where I graduated with degrees in Atmospheric Science and Mathematics. While at Davis, I was involved in research with Ian Faloona, Matthew Igel, and Adele Igel. For my Masters Thesis, I simulated over 11,000 idealized cold pool collisions to understand how different tested parameters (such as the starting distance between the cold pools) influence the chance that the collision initiates new convection. I also ran the CAMP2Ex Forecast-Like simulations (quicklooks can be viewed here). My current research involves analyzing both observed and simulated CAMP2Ex cold pools. I am also a member of the drones and sondes team for the BACS field campaign! Outside of work and classes, I like to run, hike, practice piano, and read about history.


MS, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2022
BS, Atmospheric Science, University of California, Davis, 2019
BS, Mathematics, University of California, Davis, 2019


Walter Scott Jr. Graduate Fellowship, 2019
UC Davis Outstanding Senior Award, 2019


Falk, N.M. and S.C. van den Heever, 2022: Environmental Modulation of Mechanical and Thermodynamic Forcing from Cold Pool Collisions. In review at J. Atmos. Sci.
Falk, N.M., A.L. Igel, and M.R. Igel, 2019: The Relative Impact of Ice Fall Speeds and Microphysics Parameterization Complexity on Supercell Evolution. Mon. Wea. Rev.,147, 2403–2415,
Caputi, D. J., Faloona, I., Trousdell, J., Smoot, J., Falk, N., & Conley, S. (2019). Residual layer ozone, mixing, and the nocturnal jet in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 19(7), 4721–4740.


Drone pilot, visual observer, radiosonde operator, and forecaster during BACS Field Campaign
FAA Part 107 Licensed UAS Pilot
Co-mentored Brittney Smith during Summer 2021 CSU Atmospheric Science REU program
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van den Heever Research Group
Prof. Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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