Dr. Rong Fu received her Bachelor's degree in Geophysics from Peking University in 1984, and Ph.D in Atmospheric Sciences from Columbia University in New York City in 1991. She is currently a professor and associate chair in the Department of Geological Sciences, the University of Texas at Austin. Her research in recent decades has been focused on the mechanisms that control droughts, rainfall seasonality and variability over Amazonian and North American regions, and how changes of global climate, local vegetation and biomass burning, and oceanic decadal variability have influenced these processes in recent past and will influence rainfall seasonality and droughts in future, and also on long-range transport of water vapor and biomass generated pollutants to the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere over the global tropics and Asian monsoon/Tibetan Plateau. Her research is among the earliest to observationally uncover significant roles of tropical rainforests in determining rainfall seasonality over Amazonia and Tibetan Plateau in determining water vapor transport to global stratosphere; She received NSF CAREER and NASA New Investigator Awards, is currently the President-elect of the Global Environmental Change Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union. She has served on many national and international panels either as a member or as a co-chair, and also National Research Council special committees on 'Abrupt Impact of Climate Change' and 'Landscapes on the edge'.

Areas of Expertise

Convection, cloud and precipitation processes and their role in climate; Atmospheric transport in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere; Atmosphere, ocean and land/vegetation interactions; Satellite remote sensing applications and retrievals;


Group Achievement Award, UARS Team - NASA (2007)

Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letter. - AGU (2006)

National Science Foundation (CNSF), Outstanding Oversea-Chinese Scientist Award - The Chinese Natural Science Foundation (2004 - 2007)

Hesbourgh Award Teaching Fellow - Georgia Institute of Technology (2004)

Mission to Planet Earth New Investigator Award - NASA (1996 - 1999)

NSF CAREER Award - NSF (1995 - 1998)

Postdocs

Bing Pu


Graduate Students

Adam R Bowerman, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Supervisor)

Kai Zhang, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Supervisor)
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Lei Yin, Ph.D., expected 2015 (Supervisor)
My research centers on recognizing the basic physical processes and dynamics contributing to climate variability and change on all time scales, understanding the relative importance of natural variability and anthropogenic forcing, and revealing the potential influence of air-land interactions behind the hydrological cycle. Currently, we focus our realization on South America, the south-central US and the Congo basin. Earth system modeling and water isotope technics are employed to facilitate our physical understanding and striking scientific explorations. Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) indicates an unignored bias on regional climate, especially Amazonia. As the largest tropical rainforest, Amazonia contributes to a large fraction of global carbon uptake. The bias attenuates our acceptance of the couple climate models. A deep understanding of physical processes will increase our confidence in the simulations and projections from the climate models. I also share my interest on boundary layer meteorology and emphasize on how the change of surface conditions can impact the turbulent characteristics, which will boost our knowledge on the interactions between the boundary layer processes and large-scale climate.

Sudip Chakraborty, Ph.D., expected 2014 (Supervisor)
I use A-Train as well as ISCCP geostationary satellite data to unfold the mystery behind the convective transport of aerosols and the influence of those transported aerosols on those clouds. I use the software IDL to analyse the data. My primary research interests are: - Transport of Pollutants from the Lower Troposphere to Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere. - Physical and Dynamic Structure of Deep Convection - Analysis of Satellite data (NASA A-Train, ISCCP) - WRF-Chem


Ph.D. Students Opportunities (Graduate)
My group occasionally has openings for graduate students. Solid quantitative backgrounds with computing experience (e.g. Matlab or NCL or IDL, Linux) and climate dynamics courses are required. Qualified applicants with interests in climate are encouraged to contact me to discuss possibilities.

 

Undergratuate Students (Undergraduate)
Undergratuate students who are interested in climate change are always welcome to apply.

 

Postdoc Opportunities (Graduate)
Postdoc positions open for drought and go-Amazon projects. Contact me to discuss opportunities.