Leah Grant

Research Scientist I

leah.grant (at) colostate.edu


I grew up in central Wisconsin, obtained my Bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee, and then came to CSU to complete my Masters and PhD degrees. For my Masters research, I investigated the relative influence of aerosols and the environment on organized deep convection. For my PhD research, I studied cold pool interactions with the land surface and with tropical oceanic convective systems. My general research interests involve cloud and convective processes. Outside of work, I try to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer, including biking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, camping, and cooking.


Doctor of Philosophy, Atmospheric Science, 2018, Colorado State University

Master of Science, Atmospheric Science, 2014, Colorado State University

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


  1. Drager, A. J., L. D. Grant, and S. C. van den Heever, 2019: Cold pool responses to changes in soil moisture. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., submitted.

  2. Park, J. M., S. C. van den Heever, A. L. Igel, L. D. Grant, J. S. Johnson, S. M. Saleeby, S. D. Miller, and J. S. Reid, 2019: Environmental controls on tropical sea breeze convection and resulting aerosol redistribution. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., submitted.

  3. Stephens, G. L., S. C. van den Heever, Z. S. Haddad, D. J. Posselt, R. L. Storer, L. D. Grant, O. O. Sy, T. N. Rao, S. Kumar, S. Tanelli, and E. Peral, 2019: A distributed small satellite approach for measuring convective transport in the Earth's atmosphere. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., in press, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2019.2918090. (Available online in Early Access)

  4. Jensen, E. J., S. C. van den Heever, and L. D. Grant, 2018: The lifecycles of ice crystals detrained from the tops of deep convection. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 123, 9624-9634, doi:10.1029/2018JD028832. (link)

  5. Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2018: Cold pool - land surface interactions in a dry continental environment. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 10, 1513-1526, doi:10.1029/2018MS001323. (link)

  6. Grant, L. D., T. P. Lane, and S. C. van den Heever, 2018: The role of cold pools in tropical oceanic convective systems. J. Atmos Sci., 75, 2615-2634, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-17-0352.1. (link)

  7. Grant, L. D., and S. C. van den Heever, 2016: Cold pool dissipation. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 1138-1155, doi:10.1002/2015JD023813. (link)

  8. 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, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-14-0260.1. (link)

  9. 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, doi:10.1002/2014JD021912. (link)

  10. 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, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-13-0261.1. (link)


Teaching Experience

Field Experience

Project Manager and field participant, CSU Convective Cloud Outflows and UpDrafts Experiment (C3LOUD-Ex), July 2016 - July 2017.

First-Authored Conference Presentations (last 5 years)


Last Updated: 10/2019