Curriculum VitAE

Brenda Dolan, Ph. D.

 


Education

2005-2009Ph.D. Atmospheric Science

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

2002-2005M.S. Atmospheric Science

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Thesis: “An Integrated Display and Analysis Tool for Multi-Variable Radar Data”

1997-2001B. S. Physics, minors: Math/German, Honors Scholar

Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Employment and Experience

2009-Research Scientist I, Radar Meteorology Group,

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, CO

Research topics include X-band radar analysis, polarimetric rainfall retrieval, satellite and ground-based radar inter-comparisons, cloud microphysics and dynamics., cold-season microphysics.

2009-2009Postdoctoral Fellow, Radar Meteorology Group,

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, CO

Research topics include X-band radar analysis, polarimetric rainfall retrieval, satellite and ground-based radar inter-comparisons, cloud microphysics and dynamics.

2002-2009Graduate Research Assistant, Radar Meteorology Group

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, CO

Research areas: Polarimetric radar, X-band radar, dual-Doppler analysis, data integration, cloud microphysics, rainfall estimation, cloud electrification, storm evolution and interactions, real-time analysis.

2007Inhibition of Snowfall by Pollutions Aerosols (ISPA), Storm Peak Lab, CO

Assisted with snow measurements, rime ice collection, and ice crystal observations.

2005, 2006Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Thermodynamics and cloud physics (AT620)

2004North American Monsoon Experiment, Mazatlan, Mexico

Performed duties as a radar scientist at ground-based radar site as well as participation as a scientist on the ARM Altair Mexican research ship launching radiosondes.

2002Goddard Costal Research Fellowship

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Participated in CRYSTAL-FACE field project in Florida working at the N-Pol radar including data analysis and processing, as well as scientific observations.

Final project: “A preliminary look at the data collected by the N-Pol radar during the summer of 2002 in southern Florida”

2001-2002Teaching Assistant

Department of Physics, Colorado State University

Included teaching four introductory physics laboratory classes (PH111), grading papers for Electricity and Magnetism (PH351), and grading papers for the introductory physics lecture (PH121).

2001Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Oceanography Program

Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, RI

Worked in oceanic chemistry lab testing and developing new dissolved gas sensors.

Final project: “Development and testing of new dissolved gas sensor technologies for monitoring air-sea gas exchange”

2000-2002Research Technician, Radar Meteorology Group

Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, CO

Worked with research associates in the Radar Meteorology Group to process and analyze radar data.  Included work with FORTRAN, UNIX, HTML, and IDL.

Honors and Awards

20023F Scholarship, Dept. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University (CSU)

2001Society of Physics Students Outstanding Scholar Scholarship

1999-2000Dean’s List Scholar, College of Natural Sciences, CSU

1997-2001Distinguished Scholars Scholarship, CSU

1997College of Natural Sciences Scholarship, CSU

1997Dean’s List Scholar, College of Natural Sciences, CSU

Leadership and activities

2007-2008President, CSU Chapter, Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) Student Leadership Council (SLC)

2004-presentMember, CASA SLC

2006Outreach Coordinator, CSU Chapter, CASA SLC

2006,2007Responsible Conduct of Research Course, NSF/Univ. Oklahoma

2005-2006Ph.D. Student Representative, Dept. Atmospheric Science, CSU

2003-2004M.S. Student Representative, Dept, Atmospheric Science, CSU

2000-2001President, Society of Physics Students, CSU Chapter

1999-2000Treasurer, Society of Physics Students, CSU Chapter

1999Study Abroad Program, Lincoln University, New Zealand

Affiliations

2005 -2009Student Member, American Meteorological Society

2006-2007, 2009Student Member, American Geophysical Union

2004 -presentCollaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere Engineering Research Center

2000 -presentSigma Pi Sigma Honor Society

1999-2001Society of Physics Students, CSU Chapter

1997-2001Honors Program, CSU


Refereed publications

McLaughlin, D., and Co-authors, 2009: Short-wavelength technology and the potential for distributed networks of small radar systems. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., early online release, 10.1175/2009BAMS2507.1.

Dolan, B., and S. A. Rutledge, 2009: Using CASA IP1 to diagnose kinematic and microphysical interactions in a convective storm. Mon. Wea. Rev., early online release, 10.1175/2009MWR3016.1.

Dolan, B., and S. A. Rutledge, 2009: A theory-based hydrometeor identification algorithm for X-band polarimetric radars. J. Oceanic Atmos. Technol., 46, 1196-1213, 10.1175/2009JTECHA1208.1.

Dolan, B. A. and S. A. Rutledge, 2007: An Integrated display and analysis methodology for multi-variable radar data. J. Appl. Meteor., 46, 1196-1213.

Conference proceedings

Dolan, B. S. A. Rutledge, and M. Gosset, 2009: Microphysical and precipitation characteristics of West African convection observed by polarimetric radar. 34th Conference on Radar Meteorology, Willimsburg, VA, 5-9 October 2009.

Philips, B., Przybylinski, R., Brotzge, J., Rude, D.J., Diaz, W., Dolan, B., Bass, E., 2009: The leading edge: using CASA radars to detect lower troposphere winds in quasi-linear convective systems. American Meteorological Society, 13th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface, Phoenix, AZ, January 11-15, 2009.

Dolan, B. and S. A. Rutledge, 2008: Microphysical and kinematic observations from the CASA IP1 network of polarimetric X-band radars. 5th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, Helsinki, Finland, 30 June – 4 July 2008.

Wang, Y., V. Chandrasekar, and B. Dolan, 2008: Development of scan strategy for dual Doppler retrieval in a networked radar system. International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, Boston, MA, 2008.

Dolan, B. A. and S. A. Rutledge, 2007: Microphysical and kinematic analysis algorithms for a network of X-band radars.  33rd Conference on Radar Meteorology, Cairns, Australia, 6-10 August 2007.

Dolan, B. A. and S. A. Rutledge, 2006: Development of a Fuzzy Logic X-band Hydrometeor Identification Algorithm.  4th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, Barcelona, Spain, 18-22 September 2006.

Dolan, B. A. and S. A. Rutledge, 2005: An integrated display and analysis methodology for multi-variable radar data.  32nd Conference on Radar Meteorology, Albuquerque, NM, 23-29 October 2005.

Conference Presentations

“Microphysical and precipitation characteristics of West African convection observed by polarimetric radar”, American Meteorlogical Society, Willimsburg, VA, 2009.

“Microphysical and kinematic observations of an ordinary storm from the CASA IP1 network of polarimetric, X-band radars”, Poster presentation, 5th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, Helsinki, Finland, July 2008.

“Microphysical and kinematic analysis algorithms for a network of X-band radars”, 33rd Conference on Radar Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Cairns, Australia, August, 2007.

“Development of a fuzzy logic X-band hydrometeor identification algorithm”, 4th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 2006.

“An integrated display and analysis methodology for multi-variable radar data”, Poster presentation, 32nd Conference on Radar Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Albuquerque, NM, Oct. 2005.

Other Presentations

“Microphysical observations from a network of X-band polarimetric radars”, seminar, Meteo France, Toulouse, France, July 2009.

“3D multiple-Doppler and hydrometeor analysis of the 10 June storm using observations from the CASA IP1 network”, Poster presentation, NSF Annual Site review for ERC CASA, Amherst, MA, April 2008.

“Multiple Doppler analysis of CASA IP1 cases”, ARM Working Group, Annapolis, MD, Nov. 2007.

“Real-time analysis algorithms for S- and X-band radar networks”, Poster presentation, NSF Annual Site review for ERC CASA, Amherst, MA, May 2005.

“An integrated display and analysis methodology for multi-variable radar data”, Poster presentation, Information Science and Technology Conference, Colorado State University, April 2005.

“An integrated display and analysis tool for multi-variable radar data”, Poster presentation, NSF Annual ERC Meeting, Washington, DC, Nov. 2004.

“Real-time dual-Doppler analysis from a network of four Doppler radars”, Poster presentation, NSF Annual Site review for ERC CASA, Amherst, MA, April 2004.