Detailed CV is available here.


1. Education, Employment, and Honors

1.1 Education

Ph.D.,        Colorado State University,            Atmospheric Science,         1992

M.S.,         Chinese Academy of Sciences,      Meteorology,                      1987

B.S.,          University of Nanjing,                   Atmospheric Physics,         1984


1.2 Employment

2018-2019:      Co-Chair, University Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee

2018-2019:      Member, University President’s Cabinet

2014-present:   Agnese N. Haury Chair in Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2008-present:   Founding Director, Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology Center (CDHC)

                              with 45 faculty members from 14 departments, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2009-2011:       Founding Co-Director, ATMO/HWR Hydrometeorology M.S. and Ph.D. Program

                              (which is the first such program in the U.S.), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1994-present:   Professor (2004 - present), Associate Professor (2000-2004), and Research Assistant Professor (1994-2000),

                              Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

2019-present:   Affiliated professor, UA Applied Mathematics Interdisciplinary Program

2005-present:   Affiliated professor, UA Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Interdisciplinary Program (Ph.D. Minor)

1998-present:   Affiliated professor, UA Global Change Interdisciplinary Program (Ph.D. Minor)

1988-1994:       UCAR Climate System Modeling Project Postdoctoral Associate (1992-1994) and Graduate Research Assistant

                              (1988-1992), Department ofAtmospheric Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado


1.3 Awards

Fellow,                                    American Geophysical Union, 2021

Charles Franklin Brooks Award    American Meteorological Society, 2021, "For skillful and effective service in senior leadership role                                                              that has materially improved the Society;s meetings and other activities."    

Fellow,                                    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2018   

Outstanding Alum                  Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science, 2018

Fellow,                                    UA Academic Leadership Institute, 2015-2016

Agnese N. Haury Chair,         University of Arizona, 2014

Outstanding Faculty Award,   UA Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association , 2014                                       

Special Creativity Award,       National Science Foundation, 2014

Fellow,                                    American Meteorological Society, 2011

Galileo Circle Fellow,            The highest recognition awarded by the UA College of Science, 2011

Corresponding Member,         China Science Center of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, elected in 2008

Honorary Commander,           25th Operational Weather Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base,Tucson, AZ, 2012- 2014


2. Research


See Publications, Research, and Highlights

  • 210+ Peer-Reviewed Articles                                                                 
  • 11 Major Advisory Reports                                                                           
  • 25 Chapters, Technical Reports, and Book Review                                       
  • 6-10 Current Grants                                                                                            
  • 150+ Invited Presentations                                                                                  
  • 300+ Contributed Presentations                                                                         
  • Print, Online, TV, and Radio News Coverage


3. Teaching and Educational Activities


See Teaching and Students

  • Hydrometeorology Graduate Degree Program Developed
  • 11 Formal Courses Taught                                                                              
  • 36 M.S. and Ph.D. Dissertations + 9 current graduate students (as Advisor or Co-Advisor)                  
  • 50 M.S. and Ph.D. Dissertations + 3 current graduate students (as Committee Member)                       
  • 15 Undergraduate Interns (as Mentor)                                                           
  • 25 Current and Previous Technical and Support Staff (as Supervisor)   


4. Leadership


4.1 Advisory Committees

Co-chair,                  Global Energy and Water EXchanges (GEWEX) Project Scientific Steering Group, May 2021-2024

Co-chair,                  International GEWEX Global Atmospheric System Study (GASS) Panel 2017-April 2021

Chair,                       NOAA Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) Report, 2018-2019

Member,                   Science Advisory Board of the Earth & Biological Sciences Directorate,  DOE

                                      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 2016 - present

Member,                   NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) External Advisory Committee, 2015 - 2020

Member,                   NOAA Science Advisory Board Environmental Information Services Working Group, 2015-present

Member                   Community Terrestrial Systems Model (CTSM) Advisory Committee, 2018-present

Chair,                       AMS Researcher Involvement Committee, 2015-2017

Member,                   National Academies NASA/NOAA/USGS Decadal Survey Panel on Weather and Air

                                    Quality: Minutes to Subseasonal, 2016-2017

Chair,                       NASA Earth Science Community Workshop and White Paper on future directions in

                                     the Weather Focus Area, 2014-2015 

Co-Chair,                 NSF/AGS Community Workshop and White Paper on lower-atmosphere observing

                                     facilities (LAOF) for climate studies, 2012-2013

Co-Chair,                 NRC Committee on Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting End Users' Needs, 2011-2012

Elected Member,      Executive Committee of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), 2011-2013

Elected Member,      Council (governing body) of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), 2010-2013           

Member,                   National Academies Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC), 2008-2014

Member,                   International CLIVAR Asian-Australian Monsoon Panel, 2009-2012

Member,                   U.S. CLIVAR Process Studies and Model Improvement (PSMI) Panel (2007-2010)

Member,                   AGU Publications Committee, 2002-2006

Member,                   International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) Integrated Land Ecosystem -

                                        Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) development team, 2003-2004

Chair,                        AMS Committee on Air-Sea Interaction (Chair, 2000-2003; member, 1998-2000)

Co-Chair,                  Scientific Steering Committee, National Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Boundary

                                         Layer Physics and Atmospheric Chemistry (LAPC), Chinese Academy of sciences (2006 – 2010)


4.2 Editorial and Review Service

Coordinator,            Review of the National Academies Report: Frontiers in Decadal Climate

                                        Variability: Summary of a Workshop, 2016

Editor,                      Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 2009-2015


4.3 Conference Organizations

Co-Chair                  American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting (with 3,800 attendees),

                                       January 2019, Phoenix, AZ, 2017-2019

Co-Chair                  Symposium on the Implications of Water Cycle Science and Technology for

                                      Resource Management, AAAS Annual Meeting, 18 February 2018, Austin, TX.

Co-Chair                   Robert E. Dickinson Symposium, AMS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, January

                                       2020, 2018-2020

Co-Chair                  Workshop on the Scientific Challenges and Opportunities in the NASA Weather

                                       Focus Area, 7-9 April 2015, Arlington, VA.

Co-Chair,                 NSF/AGS Community Workshop on lower-atmosphere observing facilities (LAOF),

                                       Boulder, Colorado, 18-20 June 2012.

Co-Chair,                 National Academies Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) Summer Study on Urban

                                        Meteorology: Scoping the Problem, Defining the Needs, Woods Hole, MA, 27-29 July 2011.

Co-Chair,                 Symposium on Observing and Understanding the Variability of Water in Weather and Climate, which is the main

                                         cross-cutting symposium during the 2003 AMS Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, 9-13 February 2003

Chair,                      11th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction, San Diego, 14-18 May, 2001 


4.4 University Service

Co-Chair,                UA SPBAC Committee (appointed by the UA President) and

                                       Member of the President's Cabinet, Jan 2018 - Jun 2019

Lead,                       UA Strategic Plan Sub-Initiative: Predict and plan for future Earth (appointed by the UA President), 2018-2020

Member,                  UA College of Science Transition Committee (appointed by the Interim Dean), 2019-2020

Member,                  UA College of Science Dean Search Committee (appointed by the Provost), 2019-2021

Member,                  Criterion 5 Accreditation committee for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 2020 review (appointed by the

                                       UA Provost), 2018-2021

Member,                  UA Environmental Research Landscape Review (appointed by the UA SVP for Research), 2017 - 2018

Member,                  Arizona Leadership Institute Advisory Board (appointed by the UA VP-Human Resources, 2016-2018

Member,                  Executive Committee of the UA TRIF (Water, Environmental, and Energy

                                       Solutions (WEES) Program, 2016 - 2020(appointed by the UA SVP-Research).