Leah Grant

Research Scientist I

leah.grant (at) colostate.edu


Biosketch

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.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, 2018, Colorado State University

Master of Science, 2014, Colorado State University

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

Publications

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., in press. (Available Online in Early View)

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)

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)

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)

Awards

CSU Graduate Student Council Travel Award, European Geophysical Union General Assembly, 2017

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide Award, 2016:
Travel and research support to conduct a 3-month research project with Prof. Todd Lane at the University of Melbourne

Alumni Award for an outstanding paper based on Ph.D. research, 2016

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 for an outstanding paper based on M.S. research, 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

Teaching Experience

ATS 724: Cloud Microphysics GTA, Spring 2017
ATS 623: Atmospheric Boundary Layer GTA, 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

Field Experience

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

Selected Conference Presentations

Grant, L. D., S. C. van den Heever, P. J. Marinescu, S. W. Freeman, J. Bukowski, and P. C Kennedy, 2018: Spatial and temporal variability in midlatitude cold pools from C3LOUD-Ex observations. 98th AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (O).

Grant, L. D., T. P. Lane, and S. C. van den Heever, 2017: Tropical convective system and cold pool interactions. 17th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, San Diego, CA (O).

Grant, L. D., T. P. Lane, and S. C. van den Heever, 2017: The role of cold pools in tropical convective systems. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria (O).

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).

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).

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).

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



Last Updated: 09/2018