How tiny particles in the atmosphere change temperature, rainfall, and the transport of heat

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013

Graduate student Ilissa Ocko speaks about contrasting features of scattering and absorbing aerosol radiative forcings and climate responses.

Ocko is a 2013 Emerging Alumni Scholar. She is one of three distinguished graduate students recognized by the Alumni Council's Committee on Academic Programs for Alumni (CAPA). The annual program is designed to share with alumni some of the best doctoral research being conducted at the University.

The 2013 presentations will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in 219 Aaron Burr Hall.

Dissertation Title: Contrasting features of scattering and absorbing aerosol radiative forcings and climate responses

Advisor(s): Dr. V. Ramaswamy

Bio: Ilissa Ocko grew up in Chappaqua, New York, and earned her undergraduate degree in Earth System Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, with a minor in Math. Upon graduation, she immediately enrolled in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Ph.D. program at Princeton to establish herself as a credible science expert, with the career aspiration of communicating science to non-scientists. Her graduate research explores the important role that pollution particles play in tipping Earth's energy balance, which contributes to our changing climate. Meanwhile, to prepare herself for a career in science communication, Ilissa has become a skilled scientific illustrator, designing schematics and infographics for several climate organizations and lab groups at Princeton.