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Atmospheric Science

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Zachary J. Lebo, Associate Professor

Room 6025, Engineering Building
Office Phone: (307) 766-3245
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Dr. Lebo joined the Department of Atmospheric Science in the Fall of 2015. His research interests can be broadly categorized as follows: 1) improving our understanding of fundamental cloud microphysics, 2) examining microphysical-dynamical interactions in both stratiform and convective clouds, 3) mesoscale dynamics, and 4) improving and formulating parameterizations for cloud microphysics models. Dr. Lebo’s research focuses on the application of numerical models of various scales and complexity, and he has developed several cloud models that are applied in his research. Moreover, he has also advanced our understanding of the aerosol-cloud-precipitation system in the context of deep convective clouds and suggested new pathways by which cloud microphysical characteristics may change under different aerosol conditions.


  • B.S., Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • B.S., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • M.S.,Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2012
  • PostDoc,  Advanced Study Program,National Center for Atmospheric Research, 2012-2013

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cloud microphysics and dynamics, mesoscale dynamics, numerical modeling

Recent Publications:

  • Lebo, Z. J., C. Williams, G. Feingold, and V. E. Larson, 2015: Parameterization of the spatial variability of rain for large-scale models and remote sensing. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 54, 2027-2046.
  • Lebo, Z. J., and H. Morrison, 2015: Effects of horizontal and vertical grid spacing on mixing in simulated squall lines and implications for convective strength and structure. Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 4355-4375.
  • Kumjian, M. R., Z. J. Lebo, and H. C. Morrison, 2015: On the mechanisms of rain formation in an idealized supercell storm. Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 2754-2773.
  • Lebo, Z. J., 2014: The sensitivity of a numerically simulated idealized squall line to the vertical distribution of aerosols. J. Atmos. Sci., 71, 4581-4596, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-14-0068.1.
  • Lebo, Z. J., and G. Feingold, 2014: On the relationship between responses in cloud water and precipitation to changes in aerosol. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 11817-11831.

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