Curriculum Vitae

Kristen Lani Rasmussen
Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Email: kristenr@rams.colostate.edu


EDUCATION
2014 Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA Dissertation: On the nature of severe orographic thunderstorms near the Andes in subtropical South America.
2011 M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2007 B.S., Meteorology and Math, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
2007 B.A., Music, Jazz trumpet emphasis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

RESEARCH POSITIONS
2016 - Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
2014-2016 Advanced Study Program (ASP) Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Laboratory and Research Applications Lab (RAL). Research projects: Mesoscale dynamics and thermodynamics of convection in South America, mesoscale dynamics and microphysical characteristics of nocturnal mesoscale convective systems observed during the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) field campaign, and hydrological modeling using spaceborne precipitation forcing in WRF-Hydro over Hawaii.
2007-2014 Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington,Seattle, WA, Research Advisor: Dr. Robert A. Houze, Jr.
Research focus: Global nature of convection, orographic precipitation, extreme storms in South America, dynamics and organization of mesoscale convective systems, TRMM Precipitation Radar analysis, intense flooding in Pakistan/India, mesoscale modeling of convective storms, and rainfall estimation from the TRMM Precipitation Radar.
2005-2017 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Meteorology, University of Miami,Coral Gables, FL, Research Advisor: Dr. Bruce Albrecht
Senior Thesis: Aerosol measurements and rawinsondes from the Rain in Cumulus over the Ocean (RICO) Project.
2005 Student Research Assistant,NOAA Boulder and University of Miami, Boulder, CO, Research Advisors: Professors Bruce Albrecht and Paquita Zuidema
Processed aerosol, flux, and rawinsonde data from the RICO field campaign.
2004 Student Assistant,National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO
Processed aircraft radar data from the IMPROVE II field campaign, trained on Matlab, Linux, and Solo II.

HONORS AND AWARDaS
2015 Very Early Career Award, 2015 AMS Mesoscale Processes Conference, Boston, MA
Graduate Awards
2014 Outstanding Student Paper Award, Atmospheric Sciences section,2014 AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
2014 Outstanding Community Impact Award,College of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2013 Outstanding Student Paper Award, Hydrology section, 2013 AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
2013 Best Student Oral Presentation Award (Second Place), AMS Mesoscale Processes Meeting, Portland, OR
2012 Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Science, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV
Undergraduate Awards
2003-2007 Constance Weldon Scholarship(academic and music talent), University of Miami
2006 Coral Gables Pen Woman Scholarship, University of Miami
2005 Ladies in Jazz Scholarship, University of Miami
2004 Mas & Majiu Uyesugi Memorial Scholarship,Japanese American Citizens League

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Grants in Progress
2016 NSF grant "Remote sensing of electrification, lightning, and mesoscale/microscaleprocesses with adaptive ground observations (RELAMPAGO) field campaignproposal," Science Team member,recommended for funding
2016 NSF grant "RELAMPAGO Hydrometeorology Component: Land surface controls on heavy precipitation and flooding in the Carcarana River Basin," Co-Investigator, submitted
Grants Funded
2015 NASA grant "Precipitation Processes over the Globe," Collaborator
2015 ARM grant "Cloud, aerosol, and complex terrain interactions (CACTI) experimentproposal," Co-Investigator
2015 NASA grant "Improving understanding and predictability of tornadic supercells via assimilation of high-resolution GOES-R atmospheric motion vectors and cloud top temperatures," Collaborator
Fellowships
2014-2016 Advanced Study Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Center for Atmospheric Research
2011-2014 NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship
2007-2008 American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship 2007-2008

FIELD CAMPAIGNS
2015 Olympic Mountains Ground Validation Experiment (OLYMPEX), Olympic Peninsula, WA,NCAR
Lead radar scientist with the Doppler on Wheels (DOW) and N-Pol radars.
2015 Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) field project, Hays, KS, NCAR
Led the PECAN Precipitation Instrumentation Experiment (PIE) team. Deployed three mobile disdrometers, operated the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR)Scout 4 Mesonet. Research Advisor for two NCAR SOARS undergraduate protés.
2011 Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO) field project, Addu Atoll, Maldives, University of Washington
Computer technical support, data processing, algorithm/code writing, IT support, computer administration duties, research products, researched/wrote daily science reports.
2010 SNOW-V10 field project, Vancouver Olympic Games, B.C., Canada, University of Washington
Cloud microphysical observations on Whistler Mountain, snow crystal photography, ski-sounding profiles.
2004-2005 Rain in Cumulus over the Ocean (RICO) field project, University of Miami
Ship-based operations: Launched and plotted rawinsondes, monitored radars. Supervisor: Professors Bruce Albrecht and Pavlos Kollias.

TEACHING AND MENTORING
2015 Research mentor for two NCAR Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) undergraduate protés during the PECAN field campaign
2010-2014 Advisor for six undergraduate research projects resulting in four Atmospheric Sciences publications (3 completed, 1 in preparation), University of Washington
2011-212 Invited presenter at the Seattle Mariners baseball team.s Weather Education Day
2008-2012 Guest lecturer for two undergraduate atmospheric sciences courses (12 lectures), Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, (Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences; Thermodynamics and Cloud Processes)
2009 Lead Teaching Assistant, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
2008 Teaching Assistant for Weather 101course for Professor Robert A. Houze, Jr., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
2007 Teaching Assistant for Meteorological Instrumentation course for Professor Bruce Albrecht, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT
2016 Seminar organizer, "MMM Dynamics Happy Hour", National Center for Atmospheric Research, Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory
2015-2016 Invited planning committee member for the NSF-sponsored Postdoctoral Professional Development Workshop, National Center for Atmospheric Research
2015-2016 Invited panelist for the "Promoting Geoscience Research Education and Success" workshop, Estes Park, CO
2015 Session co-chair, AGU Annual Meeting, Intense Convective Systems sessions I & II
2015 Session co-chair, AMS Mesoscale Processes Conference, Mesoscale Convective Systems I
2014- Member of the WMO International Precipitation Working Group
2013- Student representative, AMS Committee on Researcher Involvement (invited by Dr. Marshall Shepard)
2013-2014 Student Advisory Council member, College of the Environment, University of Washington
2012-2014 Graduate Students' Distinguished Visitor Coordinator, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
2012-2013 Student Representative, College of the Environment Diversity Committee, University of Washington, (invited by the Assistant Dean, College of the Environment)
2012 Attended the NCAR WRF Tutorial, Boulder, CO
2010-2012 Founder and President, AMS Student Chapter, University of Washington, 2010-2012.
2010-2011 WeatherFest Planning Board Member, 2011 AMS Annual Meeting (invited by Dr. Cliff Mass)
2005-2007 President, University of Miami Atmospheric Sciences Club and AMS Student Chapter
2005-2007 Founder and President, University of Miami Chi Epsilon Pi Atmospheric Sciences Honor Society

PRESENTATIONS
Invited Presentations
2015-2016 Panelist for the "Promoting Geoscience Research Education and Success" workshop, Estes Park, CO
2015 "On the nature of severe orographic thunderstorms near the Andes in subtropical South America," Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
2015 Young Scientists Symposium on Atmospheric Research (YSSAR), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
2014 "Convective initiation and hydrometeorological influence of extreme storms in subtropical South America," Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
2014 "Convective initiation and hydrologic influence of extreme storms in subtropical South America," University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
2012 Award recipient presentation for the Peter B. Wagner Award, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV
Conference Presentations
2016 "High-resolution regional climate simulations of warm season convection in the United States," GEWEX Convection-Permitting Climate Modeling Workshop, Boulder, CO
2016 "High-resolution regional climate simulations of warm season convection in the United States," CFMIP Conference, Trieste, Italy
2016 "High-resolution regional climate simulations of warm season convection in the United States," Severe Convection and Climate Workshop, New York City, NY
2015 "Interactions between the convective lifecycle and terrain in subtropical South America," AMS Mesoscale Processes Conference, Boston, MA
2015 Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory seminar, "On the nature of severe orographic thunderstorms near the Andes in subtropical South America," NCAR, Boulder, CO
2014 Ph.D. Defense, "On the nature of severe orographic thunderstorms near the Andes in subtropical South America," Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2014 "Convective initiation in the vicinity of the subtropical Andes," AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
2014 "Convective initiation in the vicinity of the subtropical Andes," NASA Precipitation Measurement Missions Science Team Meeting, Baltimore, MD
2013 "TRMM precipitation analysis of extreme storms in South America: Bias and climatological contribution," AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
2013 "Mesoscale organization/dynamics of subtropical South American storms," AMS Mesoscale Processes Conference, Portland, OR
2013 "Extreme storms in South America," International Conference on Alpine Meteorology, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
2013 "South American storms and TRMM rain bias," NASA Precipitation Measurement Missions Science Team Meeting, Annapolis, MD
2012 "Extreme convection in South America," AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
2012 "Extreme convection in South America" presentation, Mountain Meteorology Conference, Steamboat Springs, CO
2011 OLYMPEX field project presentation at the SNOW-V10 workshop, Huntsville, Ontario
2010 "Anomalous atmospheric events leading to the Summer 2010 floods in Pakistan," PMM Science Team Meeting, Seattle, WA
2007 "Boundary layer aerosols in the Caribbean during RICO," Poster, AMS Annual Meeting

OUTREACH AND SERVICE
2016 and Science outreach event at the Natural History Museum, Denver, CO
2015-2016 Colorado State Science Fair, senior division Earth and Space Sciences, judging Assistant Captain and Grand Awards Judge
2015 Girls Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (GESTEM) session organizer, Denver, CO
2013 Interviewed by the New Scientist for an article on the use of drones to monitor flash floods
2011-2014 Science fair judge, North Seattle Deanery Middle Schools
2007-2014 Led numerous elementary/middle school outreach visits to the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and science demo nights, University of Washington
2012 Invited "expert scientist" for the science educational program and mobile application, .Science Trak., Beyond Home Productions, Seattle, WA
2012 Invited expert scientist for the documentary, "Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey,Episode 2", BBC/Discovery Channel, Jujuy, Argentina
2008-2010 Led and presented "Expanding Your Horizons" high school girls workshop module
2004-2007 Red Cross volunteer during hurricane seasons in Miami-Dade County
2010- Journal Reviewer: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Natural Hazards, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Weather and Forecasting, and Hydrologic Processes

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Houze, R. A. Jr., K. L. Rasmussen, L. McMurdie, M. M. Chaplin, and A. Kumar, 2016: Synoptic and mesoscale aspects of the June 2013 flooding in Uttarakhand, India. Wea. Forecasting, in preparation.

Bodine, D. J., and K. L. Rasmussen, 2016: Evolution of mesoscale convective system organization structure and convective line propagation. Mon. Wea. Rev.,submitted.

Rasmussen, K. L., and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2016: Convective initiation near the Andes in subtropical South America. Mon. Wea. Rev., 144, 2351.2374.

Rasmussen, K. L., M. M. Chaplin, M. D. Zuluaga, and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2016: Contribution of extreme convective storms to rainfall in South America. J. Hydrometeorology, 17, 353-367.

Houze, R. A., K. L. Rasmussen, M. D. Zuluaga, and S. R. Brodzik, 2015: The variable nature of convection in the tropics and subtropics: A legacy of 16 years of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. Rev. Geophys.,53, doi:10.1002/2015RG000488

Rasmussen, K. L., A. Hill, V. E. Toma, M. D. Zuluaga, P. J. Webster, and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2015: Multiscale analysis of three consecutive years of anomalous flooding in Pakistan. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 141, 1259-1276, doi:10.1002/qj.2433.

Rasmussen, K. L., M. D. Zuluaga, and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2014: Severe convection and lightning in subtropical South America. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 7359.7366, doi:10.1002/2014GL061767.("AGU Editors Research Spotlight," What causes extreme hail, tornadoes, and floods in South America? EOS, Vol. 96, 11 May 2015; GRL Cover Article; 2015 NASA "Sensing our Planet" research highlight article, "Stormy vineyards")

Kumar, A., R. A. Houze, Jr., and K. L. Rasmussen, 2014: Simulation of a flash flooding storm at the steep edge of the Himalayas. J. Hydrometeorol., 15, 212.228.

Rasmussen, K. L., S. L. Choi, M. D. Zuluaga, and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2013: TRMM precipita-tion bias in intense convection in South America. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 3457.3461, DOI: 10.1002/grl.50651. ("AGU Editors Research Spotlight," Precipitation underestimated in extreme storms in South America, Eos, Vol. 94, No. 35, 27 August 2013, DOI: 10.1002/2013EO350009)

Viale, M., R. A. Houze, Jr., and K. L. Rasmussen, 2013: Upstream orographic enhancement of a narrow cold-frontal rainband approaching the Andes. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 1708.1730.

Joe, P., B. Scott, C. Doyle, G. Issac, I. Gultepe, D. Forsyth, S. Cober, E. Campos, I. Heckman, N. Donaldson, D. Hudak, R. Rasmussen, P. Kucera, R. Stewart, J. M. Theriault, T. Fisico, K. L. Rasmussen, H. Carmichael, A. Laplante, M. Bailey, F. Boudala, 2012: The monitoring network of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Pure Appl. Geophys., doi:10.1007/s00024-012-0588-z.

Theriault, J. M., K. L. Rasmussen, T. Fisico, R. E. Stewart, P. Joe, and G. A. Issac, 2012: Weather observations along Whistler Mountain during five storms. Pure Appl. Geophys., doi:10.1007/s00024-012-0590-5.

Rasmussen, K. L., and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2012: Flash flooding at the steep edge of high terrain: Disaster in the Himalayas. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 93, 1713.1724.

Rasmussen, K. L., and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2011: Orogenic convection in South America as seen by the TRMM satellite. Mon. Wea. Rev., 139, 2399.2420.

Houze, R. A., Jr., K. L. Rasmussen, S. Medina, S. R. Brodzik, and U. Romatschke, 2010: Anomalous atmospheric events leading to the Summer 2010 floods in Pakistan. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 92, 291.298.(BAMS Cover Article)

Rauber, Robert M., B. Stevens, J. Davidson, S. Goke, O. L. Mayol-Bracero, D. Rogers, P. Zuidema, H. T. Ochs, C. Knight, J. Jensen, S. Bereznicki, S. Bordoni, H. Caro-Gautier, M. Colon-Robles, M. Deliz, S. Donaher, V. Ghate, E . Grzeszczak, C. Henry, A. M. Hertel, I. Jo, M. Kruk, J. Lowenstein, J. Malley, B. Medeiros, Y. Mendez-Lopez, S. Mishra, F. Morales-Garcia, L. A. Nuijens, D. O.Donnell, D. L. Ortiz-Montalvo, K. Rasmussen, E. Riepe, S. Scalia, E. Serpetzouglou, H. Shen, M. Siedsma, J. Small, E. Snodgrass, P. Trivej, and J. Zawislak, 2007: Inthe Driver's Seat: Rico and Education. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 88, 1929.1937.