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Jeffrey (Jeff) French holds 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 intial development of drizzle in warm, shallow cumuli observed from aircraft and airborne and ground-based radars. Following completion of his doctoral work, he began working for the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory. At NOAA/ARL his research was centered on developing new meteorological instruments for research aircraft, such as the NOAA P3 'Hurricane Hunters'. His atmospheric science work at NOAA invovled 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 evaulation for airborne research instruments.

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


Jeff French in the mountains

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Jeffrey R. French, PhD
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Atmospheric Science
University of Wyoming
1000 E. Unviersity Ave
Laramie, WY 82071

ph: (307) 766-4143
fax: (307) 766-2635


View from airplane looking at clouds and sky

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