Bowen Pan


I grew up in Beijing, China and attended school at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) before going to Purdue University at West Lafayette, IN in 2011. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue in 2013. At Texas A&M University, I completed both Masters and PhD degrees at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences working with Dr. Renyi Zhang. For my Masters research, I investigated the impacts of Saharan Dust on the Atlantic Regional Climate using the Community Earth System Model (CESM). For my PhD research, I studied the impacts of anthropogenic and natural aerosols on Atlantic hurricanes using the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF). My general research interests involve aerosol-cloud interactions as well as aerosol impacts on lightning. Apart from work, I love traveling, enjoy good food and nice conversation with friends.


Doctor of Philosophy, Atmospheric Sciences, 2019, Texas A&M University-College Station
Master of Science, Atmospheric Sciences, 2015, Texas A&M University-College Station
Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences, 2013, Purdue University- West Lafayette


Pan, B., Y. Wang, Y. Lin, J. Hsieh, T. Logan, and R. Zhang, 2019 (In preparation): Impact of Saharan Dust on the genesis of hurricane Earl and development of Hurricane Danielle (2010).

Pan, B., Y. Wang, J. Hu, Y. Lin, J. Hsieh, T. Logan, X. Feng, J.H. Jiang, Y.L. Yung, and R. Zhang, 2018: Impacts of Saharan Dust on Atlantic Regional Climate and Implications for Tropical Cyclones. J. Climate, 31, 7621–7644,

Zhang, R., P. Tian, Y. Ji, Y. Lin, J. Peng, B. Pan, Y. Wang, G. Wang, G. Li, W. Wang, F. Zhang, X. Feng, L. Duan, J. Hu, W. Marrero-Ortiz, J. Secrest, M. Hu, Overview of Persistent Haze Events in China, in Air Pollution in Asia: An Integrated Perspective, edited by I. Bouarar, X. Wang, and G.P. Brasseur, Springer, 2017.

Lin, Y., Y. Wang, B. Pan, J. Hu, Y. Liu, and R. Zhang, Distinct impacts of aerosols on an evolving continental cloud complex during the RACORO field campaign, J. Atmos. Sci. 73, 3681-3700, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-15-0361.s1 (2016).

Wang, Y., M. Wang, R. Zhang, S. J. Ghan, Y. Lin, J. Hu, B. Pan, M. Levy, J. H. Jiang, and M. J. Molina (2014), Assessing the effects of anthropogenic aerosols on Pacific storm track using a multi-scale global climate model, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(19), 6894–6899.


Best Student Paper Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2018

National Center for Atmospheric Research Advanced Study Program (ASP) Summer Colloquium, Boulder, CO, 2018

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF, 73 out of 425 applicants)-“Quantification of the Impacts of Saharan Dust on Atlantic Tropical Cyclones Using Satellite and Aircraft Observations and Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean Models”, 2016-2019

Student travel awards, American Chemistry Society (ACS) National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA 2016

Teaching Experience

Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) mentor (Claire Onak), 2019

ATMO 201: Weather and Climate Lab GTA, 2015-2016

ATMO 606/613: Atmospheric Chemistry GTA, 2016-2018

Selected Conference Presentations

Jan. 2019 “Implication of the impact of Saharan Dust on Atlantic Tropical Cyclones” 2019 AMS Annual meeting, Phoenix, AZ (O)

Dec. 2018 “Impacts of Saharan Dust on the Genesis and Intensification of hurricanes Earl (2010) and Danielle (2010)” 2018 AGU Fall Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (P)

Dec. 2017 “Impact of Saharan Dust on the development of Hurricane Danielle (2010)” 2017 AGU Fall meeting, New Orleans, LA (O)

Aug. 2016 “The impacts of Saharan Dust on the Genesis and Evolution of Hurricane Earl (2010)” 252nd American Chemistry Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (P)

Aug. 2016 “The impacts of Saharan Dust on the Tropical Climate and Tropical Cyclongenesis” 13th Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Annual Meeting, Beijing, China (O)


Chemistry Open House, Texas A&M University, Fall 2016-2017

Physics Festival, Texas A&M University, Spring 2016-2019

Student Research Week, Texas A&M University, Spring 2016

Congressional Visit Day, Washington D.C., Spring 2017

Department of Atmospheric Science graduate student representative, 2014-2019


The Science Friday “This dust cloud has a silver-lining-fewer hurricanes” (

The Eagle “A&M researchers find correlation between Saharan dust plume and hurricanes”

The Newsweek “Saharan dust is plaguing the Southern U.S. — But it may prevent deadly storms”

Last Updated: 09/2019