Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming

Jeffrey (Jeff) French is an Atmospheric Scientist holding degrees in Physics, Meteorology, and Atmospheric Science. Dr. French received his Doctoral Degree from the University of Wyoming in 1998. His dissertation work focused on the evolution of droplet spectra and the initial development of drizzle in warm, shallow cumuli observed from aircraft and airborne and ground-based radars. Following this, he worked for NOAA Air Resources Laboratory through 2005. With NOAA his research was centered on the development of meteorological instrument for research aircraft, such as the NOAA P3 'Hurricane Hunters'. His atmospheric science work at NOAA involved the airborne measurements of air/surface energy exchange.

Dr. French returned to UW in 2006 as lead Project Manager for the King Air research aircraft. From 2006 through 2014 he led several deployments of the aircraft, working with engineers, pilots, mechanics, and scientific users. He continued instrument development and measurement evaluation for airborne research instruments.

In 2015, Dr. French was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at UW. His research continues to focus on precipitation growth and development in clouds. Airborne observations are key to Dr. French's research interest, thus instrument development, calibration, and measurement evaluations are an important part of the work conducted in his research group.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming
  • 2006–2015
    Senior research scientist, University of Wyoming
  • 1999–2005
    Physical Scientist, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

Education

  • 1998 
    University of Wyoming, Ph.D. Atmospheric Science
  • 1994 
    South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, M.S. Meteorology
  • 1992 
    South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, B.S. Physics

Publications

  • 2018
    Precipitation formation from orographic cloud seeding, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences USA
  • 2017
    Chapter 4: Microphysical properties of convectively forced mixed phase clouds, in Mixed-Phase Clouds: Observations and Modeling; Elsevier
  • 2017
    Chapter 11: Processing of ice cloud in situ data collected by bulk water, scattering, and imaging probes: fundamentals, uncertainties, and efforts towards consistency, in Meteorological Monographs, Am. Meteorol. Soc.
  • 2016
    The Convective Precipitation Experiment (COPE): Investigating the origins of heavy precipitation in the southwestern United Kingdom, Bulletin of American Meteorological Society
  • 2016
    Air-sea interactions in light of new understanding of air-land interactions, Journal Atmospheric Science
  • 2016
    Characteristics of vertical air motion in isolated convective clouds, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • 2016
    Theoretical study of mixing in liquid clouds--Part I: Classical concepts, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • 2016
    Observations of cloud microphysics and ice formation during COPE, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • 2015
    Wave induced boundary layer separation in the lee of the Medicine Bow Mountains. Part II Model results, Journal Atmospheric Science
  • 2015
    Wave induced boundary layer separation in the lee of the Medicine Bow Mountains. Part I Observations, Journal Atmospheric Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    SNOWIE: Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds-the Idaho Experiment
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 2014
    Wyoming King Air as a National Facility
    Role:
    co-PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 2013
    The Convective Precipitation Experiment
    Role:
    co-PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 2008
    Airborne Radar Investigation of Mountain Waves and Rotors
    Role:
    co-PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society