Gabrielle "Bee" Leung

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I grew up in Baguio City in the Philippines (so I'm still learning to think in Fahrenheit). I did my undergraduate degree at Ateneo de Manila University, where I majored in Physics and minored in Creative Writing. I worked at the Air Quality Dynamics laboratory at the Manila Observatory and participated in the NASA CAMP2Ex field campaign before joining the van den Heever group in Fall 2020. My M.S. thesis focused on how aerosol loading, chemical composition, and spatial distribution can modulate aerosol effects on shallow clouds. Currently, my work looks at how anthropogenic changes to the land surface and aerosol environment (like deforestation or urbanization) impact clouds and precipitation in Southeast Asia. I use a combination of high-resolution satellite data and RAMS simulations to better understand the processes driving these aerosol-land surface-cloud interactions. When I'm not at work, I like to spend my time reading, cooking (and eating), biking, and travelling.


M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA, 2022
B.S. (magna cum laude), Physics, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines, 2019

Awards and Fellowships

Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology Fellowship, 2022
David L. Dietrich Honorary Scholarship for Outstanding Aerosol Research, 2022
2nd Place Student Oral Presentation at AMS 19th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, 2022
Walter Scott Jr. Graduate Fellowship, 2020
NASA Group Achievement Award (CAMP2Ex), 2020
ADMU Award for Most Outstanding Scholar, 2019
ADMU Award for Excellent Basic Reserch in the Environmental Sciences, 2019
ADMU Department of Physics Program Award, 2019


Leung, G.R., S.M. Saleeby, G.A. Sokolowsky, S.W. Freeman, and S.C. van den Heever, 2023: Aerosol-cloud impacts on aerosol detrainment and rainout in shallow maritime tropic clouds. Accepted pending minor revisions at Atmos. Chem. Phys.

Leung, G.R. and S.C. van den Heever, 2023: Aerosol breezes drive cloud and precipitation increases. In press at Nat. Comm.

Leung, G.R. and S.C. van den Heever, 2022: Controls on the Development and Circulation of Terminal and Transient Congestus Clouds and Implications for Midlevel Aerosol Transport. J. Atmos. Sci.

Sokolowsky, G.A.*, S.W. Freeman*, [and 13 others, including G.R. Leung], 2022; *these authors contributed equally to this work. In preparation for Geo. Mod. Dev.

Reid, J.S., [and 76 others, including G.R. Leung], 2022: The coupling between tropical meteorology, aerosol science, convection and the energy budget during the Clouds, Aerosol Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex). In review at Bull. Amer. Soc..

Crosbie, E., [and 23 others, including G.R. Leung], 2022. Closure analysis of aerosol-cloud composition in tropical maritime warm convection. EGUsphere (preprint).

Stahl, C., [and 20 others, including G.R. Leung], 2021. Total organic carbon and the contribution from speciated organics in cloud water: airborne data analysis from the CAMP2Ex field campaign. Atmos. Chem. Phys..,

Lorenzo, G.R., [and 20 others, including G.R. Leung], 2021. Measurement report: Firework impacts on air quality in Metro Manila, Philippines, during the 2019 New Year revelry. Atmos. Chem. Phys..,

First-Authored Conference Presentations

Leung, G.R. and S.C. van den Heever, 2023: "Aerosol breezes" from mesoscale aerosol gradients drive precipitation increases. AMS 3rd Symposium on Mesoscale Processes Denver, CO. Oral.
Leung, G.R. and S.C. van den Heever, 2022: Thermal circulations and precipitation increases driven by mesoscale aerosol gradients. AMS 16th Conference on Cloud Physics Madison, WI. Oral.
Leung, G.R. and S.C. van den Heever, 2022: Updraft structure and detrainment in transient and terminal congestus clouds. AMS 19th Conference on Mesoscale Processes Virtual. Oral.
Leung, G.R., S.C. van den Heever, and J.S. Reid, 2021: Convective transport and midlevel detrainment from congestus clouds. AGU Annual Fall Meeting New Orleans, LA. Oral.

Field Experience

Operations manager, NSF BioAerosols and Convective Storms (BACS-II) campaign, 2023
Drone pilot, radiosonde operator, NSF BioAerosols and Convective Storms (BACS-I) campaign, 2022
Flight scientist, flight planner, weather forecaster, NASA Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex), Summer 2019
Instrumentation set-up and maintenance, NASA CAMP2Ex Weather and Composition Monitoring (CHECSM), 2019-2020

Service, Outreach, and Teaching

CSU/CIRA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Member, 2022-Present
CSU Atmospheric Science International Student and Scholar Association (ATSISSA), Board Member, 2022-Present
FAA Part 107 Licensed UAS Pilot
Little Shop of Physics, Science Demo Volunteer, 2022
The Mind Museum, science communicator, 2018
Ateneo Mathematics Olympiad, tutor, 2015-2016

Last Updated: 4/23