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“The high-quality, collaborative environment at Aeris allows me to diversify and further my expertise in atmospheric science applications.”
Aaron J Piña, PhD
Aaron Piña received a B.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University in 2011, a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Ecology at Colorado State University in 2016.
Aaron was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellow, and his research experience as a graduate student focused on atmospheric dispersion modeling, numerical modeling, mountain meteorology, agricultural ecosystems, land cover change impacts on regional climates, and social-ecological systems. For his M.S. thesis, Aaron used the weather research and forecasting (WRF) model to study the transport and dispersion of emissions from agricultural operations in eastern Colorado into the Rocky Mountains. Aaron utilized the knowledge from his M.S. thesis for his Ph.D. dissertation and co-developed and managed an early warning system, based on meteorological output from the WRF model, which alerted livestock producers to enact practices that minimize agricultural emissions.
Aaron joined Aeris as a Staff Scientist in January 2016. He currently works on projects that apply his extensive experience with the WRF model and dispersion modeling to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) source estimation, transport/dispersion, and deposition near complex topography such as mountains and urban areas.