Jennie Bukowski, Ph. D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Pronouns: She / Her

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My background is quite eclectic: before pursuing a career in atmospheric science, I studied the humanities, taught ESL abroad, and even worked in a plant museum and a virology laboratory. While enthusiastic about many subjects, my true passion is earth science. Always fascinated by weather, I eventually switched to studying meteorology and climatology.

My research involves high-resolution mesoscale modeling and ensemble modeling of aerosol-cloud-environment interactions, storm dynamics, and cloud systems in arid / semi-arid regions. I did my dissertation with Sue van den Heever at CSU, which focused on how thunderstorms interact with mineral dust aerosol and the land surface in dry environments, as well as representation of these processes in numerical models. Currently, I work with my postdoc advisors, Daniel Swain (UCLA-IoES) and James Done (NCAR), to investigate precipitation extremes that are connected in time / space and the physical mechanisms that contribute to these extremes in the American Southwest.

When not doing science, I enjoy playing music and learning new instruments, running, biking, hiking, gardening, reading, and over-watering my houseplants.

Research Interests

  • Convective Cloud Systems & Storm Dynamics
  • Precipitation Extremes
  • Atmospheric Aerosol & Cloud Microphysics
  • Convective Dust Storms (Haboobs)
  • Mesoscale Numerical Modeling & Ensemble Modeling
  • Statistical Applications in the Earth Sciences


PhD: Atmospheric Science – Colorado State University
MS: Atmospheric, Oceanic, & Space Sciences – University of Michigan
BS: Russian Language & Literature, History, Eastern European Studies – University of Wisconsin

Selected Publications

Bukowski, J. and S.C. van den Heever, 2022: The Impact of Land Surface Properties on Haboobs and Dust Lofting, JAS. Link

Bukowski, J. and S.C. van den Heever, 2021: Direct Radiative Effects in Haboobs, JGR. Link

Bukowski, J. and S.C. van den Heever, 2019: Convective Distribution of Dust over the Arabian Peninsula: The Impact of Model Resolution, ACP. Link

Bukowski, J., D.J. Posselt, J.S. Reid, and S.A. Atwood, 2017: Modes of Vertical Thermodynamic and Wind Variability over the Maritime Continent, ACP. Link

Grant, L.D., S.C. van den Heever, Z.S. Haddad, R.L. Storer, D.J. Posselt, J. Bukowski, O.O. Sy, and G.L. Stephens, 2022: The Relationship between Vertical Velocity and Microphysical Process Rates in Deep Convection, JAS. Link

Saleeby, S.M., B. Dolan, J. Bukowski, K. Van Valkenburg, S.C. van den Heever, and S.A. Rutledge, 2022: Assessing rain drop breakup parameterizations using disdrometer observations, JAS. Link

van den Heever, S., L. Grant, S. Freeman, P. Marinescu, J. Barnum, J. Bukowski, E. Casas, A. J. Drager, B. Fuchs, G. Herman, S. Hitchcock, P. Kennedy, E. Nielsen, J. Park, K. Rasmussen, N. Razin, R. Riesenberg, E. Riley-Dellaripa, C. Slocum, B. Toms, and A. van den Heever, 2021: The Colorado State University Convective CLoud Outflows and UpDrafts Experiment (C3LOUD-Ex), BAMS. Link

Posselt, D.J., F. He, J. Bukowski, and J.S. Reid, 2019: On the Relative Sensitivity of a Tropical Deep Convective Storm to Changes in Environment and Cloud Microphysical Parameters, JAS. Link

Saleeby, S.M., S.C. van den Heever, J. Bukowski, A.L. Walker, J.E. Solbrig, S.A. Atwood, Q. Bian, S.M. Kreidenweis, Y. Wang, J. Wang, and S.D. Miller, 2019: The Influence of Simulated Surface Dust Lofting and Atmospheric Loading on Radiative Forcing, ACP. Link

Miller, S.D., L.D. Grasso, Q. Bian, S.M. Kreidenweis, J.F. Dostalek, J.E. Solbrig, J. Bukowski, S.C. van den Heever, Y. Wang, X. Xu, J. Wang, A.L. Walker, T.-C Wu, M. Zupanski, C. Chiu, and J.S. Reid, 2019: A Tale of Two Dust Storms: Analysis of a Complex Dust Event in the Middle East, AMT. Link