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Ryan Reynolds Neely III


2012 Ph.D. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Dept. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, U. Colorado, USA. Title of Thesis: Exploring the Variability of Stratospheric Aerosol. Ph.D. Committee: J. Thayer, O. Toon, S. Solomon, M. Hardesty, C. Randall, K. Rosenlof
2010 M.Sci. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Dept. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, U. Colorado, USA.
2008 B.A. Physics summa cum laude with Honors, Dept. of Physics, North Carolina State University, USA.
Current Post
2014-Present Lecturer of Observational Atmospheric Science, School of Earth and Environment (SEE) and National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), University of Leeds, UK
Fellowships and Previous Posts
2013-2014 Advanced Study Program (ASP) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA. 2-year independent fellowship awarded to ~10 people per year from >100 applicants due to the excellence of proposed research and track record.
2012-2012 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), USA.
2008-2012 ESRL-CIRES Graduate Research Fellowship, NOAA’s ESRL, CIRES & Dept. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado, USA. Comprehensive 4-year graduate fellowship (including resources for travel and research supplies) funded by NOAA and awarded based on outstanding academic merit and excellence in undergraduate atmospheric research.
2008-2009 American Meteorological Society’s Industry Graduate Fellowship Dept. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado, USA. Prominent first-year graduate fellowship and travel to the AMS Annual Meeting for educating outstanding students about the unique challenges in of meteorology.
2007-2008 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, North Carolina State University and NOAA’s ESRL, USA. 2-year undergraduate summer internship at NOAA laboratory awarded to ~110 people out of over 500 applicants based on scholastic merit.
Supervision of Students and Academic Staff
I have supervised 3 MRes (2 completed, 1 ongoing), 5 Ph.D. students (1 completed, 4 ongoing), 2 post-docs (1 completed, 1 on-going) and 2 Instrument Scientists (1 on-going). Former MRes students are still active, one was recently awarded full funding to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Leeds. My former Ph.D. student is now placed at NCAR as an Advanced Study Program Post-doctoral Fellow.
Major Research Infrastructure
• PI of the Cloud, Aerosol Polarisation and Backscatter Lidar (CAPABL), Multiple polarisation backscatter lidar developed at the University of Colorado/CIRES/NOAA and operating at Summit, Greenland.
• PI of the Arctic Polarised Raman Lidar (PRL), Arctic deployable Raman lidar capable of observing water vapor and temperature profiles at day and night being developed at the University of Colorado/CIRES/NOAA. (See:
• PI of NCAS’s Mobile X-Band Dual-polarisation Doppler Weather Radar (NXPol).
Significant Institutional & Teaching Responsibilities
2016-Present Program Leader, Masters of Research in Climate and Atmospheric Science
2014-Present Lecturer, Atmospheric Science Field Skills (week long field course for 3rd year students)
2014-Present Lecturer, Atmospheric Measurement Summer School, NCAS, UK (2 Week Ph.D. Level Course)
Commissions of Trust
2017-Present Associate Editor, Atmospheric Science Letters, Royal Meteorological Society, UK.
2015-Present Member, Inter-Agency Committee on the Hydrological Use of Weather Radar, UK.
2015-Present Member, NCAS’s Atmospheric Measurement Facility Advisory Board, UK.
2015-Present Member, Advisory Board for the Centre of Excellence for Modelling Atmosphere and Climate
2017 Ph.D. External Examiner, University of Manchester, UK.
2017 Co-Author of the community white paper, ‘Sustaining the Science Impact of Summit Station, Greenland’.
2014 Proposal Reviewer for NOAA's Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate Program call on Observational Constraints on Sources and Sinks of Aerosols and Greenhouse Gases.
2013 Invited participant of the ‘Workshop on Future Directions for Arctic Research Logistics’, Arlington, USA.
2013 Panelist, ‘Cryosphere Career Development Mentor Panel and Pub Meet-up’, AGU, San Francisco, USA.
• Selected to be a member of the first ever Leeds Crucible cohort, 2016. Crucible aims to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration and generate research with impact, through building active networks of researchers and growing individual researchers’ Creativity, Innovation and Leadership Skills.
• Participant in the 12th Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XII) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2013. ACCESS brings together young researchers and representatives of the principal federal government agencies that fund research to engage in scientific discussion.
• Sigma Xi, Awarded Full Membership in 2012.
• Outstanding Student Presentation, World Climate Research Program Open Science Meeting, 2011.
• NOAA’s Office of Atmospheric Research’s Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, 2010.
• Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting for ‘Initial Results of the Cloud, Aerosol Polarization and Backscatter Lidar at Summit, Greenland’, 2010.
• First Place for Outstanding Oral Presentation at the Hollings Scholarship Program Conference, 2008.
• NCSU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Graduating Senior Research Award, 2008.
• Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America, USA, 2002.
Major Collaborations
Much of my work has been done in collaboration with internationally leading scientists. Key collaborators are:
• Prof. Susan Solomon (MIT, USA): Stratospheric aerosol and ozone observational analysis and modeling.
• Dr. Matthew Shupe (CIRES, NOAA, USA): Radar and lidar observations of clouds over the central GrIS.
• Prof. Von Walden (Washing State University, USA): Passive observations of clouds over the central GrIS.
• Dr. Dave Turner (NOAA, USA): Multi-sensor observations of mixed phase clouds and Raman lidar.
• Dr. Michael Mills (NCAR, USA): Global aerosol modelling.
• Prof. Benjamin Murray (Leeds, UK): Aerosol and ice microphysics.
• Dr. Anja Schmidt (Cambridge, UK): Volcanic contributions to the stratospheric aerosol layer.
• Dr. Ben Black (City College of New York, USA): Role of volcanic emissions in paleoclimate.
• Dr. Matthew Hayman (NCAR, USA): Polarisation lidar theory and thermodynamic profilers.
Recent Notable Media Work and Outreach Activities
2016 & 2017 Leeds Festival of Science Public Lecture, ‘A Tale of Two Poles’.
2016 Article written for The Conversation.
2016 Extensive series of interviews (CCN, BBC & Al Jazeera) on the release of an article in Science.
2016 Public Lecture as part of the ‘Pint of Science’ Series in Leeds, UK.
2015 2 Appearances on Paul Hudson's BBC Local Radio Weather Show.