Dr. Sally McFarlane joined the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division of the Department of Energy as a Program Manager for the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Program in December 2012. She co-manages the ASR Program with Dr. Ashley Williamson.
Previously a research scientist in the Climate Physics group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), McFarlane’s research focused on the use of remote sensing measurements and radiative transfer models to improve understanding of the radiative effect of clouds and aerosol on the Earth’s atmosphere, with an emphasis on the vertical structure of radiative heating. Her recent projects involved the use of radar and satellite observations and cloud resolving model simulations to explore links between tropical convection and cirrus anvil clouds.
At PNNL, McFarlane was actively involved in the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) and ASR Programs, serving as the ARM Tropical Western Pacific (TWP) Associate Site Scientist and the science Translator for the Radiative Processes and Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions Working Groups, and leading ASR research projects on cloud radiative forcing. She was also involved in several NASA research projects that used satellite measurements to study tropical cloud properties and ice crystal shape.
“We are delighted to have Sally join the team here at DOE,” said Williamson. “We could not have asked for a candidate with the depth of experience with the ARM and ASR programs that she brings to the position, and she has a track record of solid science contributions of her own.”
McFarlane received her B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado. She is an author on over 45 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and her honors include a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Mary Lyon Award young alumna award from Mount Holyoke College, and the Ronald L. Brodzinski Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement from PNNL.
This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.