Alex Sokolowsky


I was born and raised in central New Jersey and spent most of my childhood as a resident of Marlboro, NJ. I graduated from Colts Neck High School in 2012, and went on to study Meteorology at Penn State University. I graduated from Penn State with my B.S. in Meteorology (Atmospheric Science Option) in December 2015, and immmediately began work towards my M.S. in Meteorology at Penn State the following January under the advising of Dr. Jerry Harrington. About 2 and a half years later, I graduated with my M.S. in Meteorology in May 2018, with my thesis research under Dr. Harrington focusing on computer modeling of bulk atmospheric ice crystal evolution. Following a few months' break from school, in August 2018 I began working towards my Ph.D in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University under the advising of Dr. Sue van den Heever. My Ph.D research focuses on simulating and assessing aerosol effects on the properties of shallow tropical convection (cumulus and cumulus congestus), as well as other cloud processes, though I also have research interests and experience in atmospheric radiative transfer and remote sensing.


Ph.D. Candidate, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University (CSU), Expected Spring 2022

Advisor: Dr. Susan C. van den Heever

Master of Science, Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University (PSU), 2018

Thesis:A New Bulk Adaptive Habit Microphysical Model Including Deposition Coefficient Prediction and its Applications in Different Model Frameworks

Advisor: Dr. Jerry Y. Harrington

Bachelor of Science, Meteorology, PSU, 2015


Awards and Honors

2nd Place Student Oral Presentation at AMS 12th Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, 2020

Recipient of a Kruhoeffer Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology, Fall 2015

Member of Chi Epsilon Pi National Meteorology Honor Society, since Fall 2014

Recipient of a Chelius Family Scholarship in Meteorology, Fall 2014

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, August 2012


Field Research Experience

Instrument Scientist/Operator for AVAPS (Dropsondes), NASA Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex), August-October 2019.



Sokolowsky, G. Alexander, E. E. Clothiaux, C. F. Baggett, S. Lee, S. B. Feldstein, E. W. Eloranta, M. P. Cadeddu, N. Bharadwaj, K. L. Johnson (2020): Contributions to the Surface Downwelling Longwave Irradiance during an Arctic Winter at Utqiaġvik (Barrow) Alaska. Journal of Climate. Accepted, currently an Early Online Release. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0876.1


Oral Presentations

Sokolowsky, G. Alexander, S. W. Freeman, and S. C. van den Heever (2020), Exploring the Sensitivity of Tropical Oceanic Convective Clouds to Aerosol Characteristics under Differing Thermodynamic Environments . 12th Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, American Meteorological Society 100th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 16 January 2020. 2nd Place Award Winner

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Poster Presentations

Sokolowsky, George A., E. L. Dunnavan, A. A. Jensen, Z. Jiang, W. Wu, G. M. McFarquhar, and J. Y. Harrington (2017), Predicting Deposition Coefficients in a Bulk Adaptive Habit Microphysical Model and Comparison to In-situ Measurements. Department of Energy Office of Science Atmospheric Radiation Measurement/Atmospheric System Research Joint User Facility and PI Meeting, Tyson's Corner, VA, March 2017


Teaching Experience

METEO 414 (Mesoscale Meteorology), Teaching Assistant, PSU, Fall 2015


Last Updated: 4/2020