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Atmospheric Science

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jefferson Robert Snider, Professor

Room 6019, Engineering Building
Office Phone: (307) 399-7026


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming, 1989
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Arizona, 1984
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Oregon, 1980


Research Statement

The general theme of Jeff Snider’s research is water in its various phases (vapor, liquid and ice), water’s interactions with other atmospheric constituents (aerosol and trace gases), and implications of those interactions for clouds, precipitation, and atmospheric pollution. Recent examples of research he has directed include, 1) precipitation quantification, 2) droplet spectra broadening in stratocumulus, 3) atmospheric condensation and freezing nuclei, and 4) atmospheric aerosols. He is addressing these topics by conducting field measurements of precipitation, aerosols, clouds, lidar- and radar-based retrievals of precipitation and clouds, and by conducting laboratory-based investigations of aerosols.

Research Areas

  • Precipitation quantification
  • Atmospheric cloud condensation and freezing nuclei
  • Atmospheric aerosols
  • Lidar Remote Sensing

Selected Publications

  • Fults, S. L., Massmann, A. K., Montecinos, A., Andrews, E., Kingsmill, D. E., Minder, J. R., Garreaud, R. D., and Snider, J.R. : Wintertime Aerosol Measurements during the Chilean Coastal Orographic Precipitation Experiment, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics,, 2019
  • Ortega, J., J.R.Snider, J.N.Smith, and J.M.Reeves, Comparison of aerosol measurement systems during the 2016 airborne ARISTO campaign, Aerosol Science and Technology, 53, 871-885,, 2019
  • Zelasko, N., Wettlaufer, A., Borkhuu, B., Burkhart, M., Campbell, L. S., Steenburgh, W. J., and Snider, J.R.: Hotplate precipitation gauge calibrations and field measurements, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 441-458,, 2018
  • Snider, J.R., D.Leon and Z.Wang, Droplet Concentration and Spectral Broadening in Southeast Pacific Stratocumulus, J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 719-749, 2017

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Graduate Students

  • Sam Marlow, M.S., started 2019
  • Shelby Fuller, M.S., started 2018
  • Nicholas Zelasko M.S., Graduated 2017
  • Sara Fults, M.S., Graduated 2016

Student Opportunities (PDF)


Grant Funding

Title: Hotplate Precipitation and Wind Measurement Improvement
Source: National Science Foundation
Award Amount: $306,000
Period: June 2019 to June 2022

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