Research Fellow in Meteorology, University of Reading

Dr Claire Ryder is a NERC Independent Research Fellow at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK.

Claire's expertise centres around mineral dust in the atmosphere, how it can impact weather and climate, and on using aircraft observations to better understand these impacts.

Dr Ryder has been involved in various airborne observation projects since 2006 measuring airborne aerosol particles over Africa, the tropical Atlantic Ocean, south America, western Europe and around London and the UK. She uses aircraft observations to examine detailed aerosol processes and how they interact with shortwave and longwave radiation, particularly for absorbing aerosols such as dust and smoke.


  • –present
    NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Reading
  • 2014–2015
    SAMBBA PDRA, University of Reading
  • 2010–2014
    Fennec PDRA, University of Reading
  • 2009–2010
    ALERT PDRA, Imperial College London


  • 2009 
    University of Reading, PhD/Meteorology