This photo of Wiesje Mooiweer Bryan was taken on a backpacking trip in the Platte River Wilderness of Wyoming
Image Courtesy of Ben Bryan

Wiesje Mooiweer Bryan

I am originally from the Netherlands, and moved to Wyoming, USA when I was 17. I've been interested in weather, clouds, and science ever since I was a little girl. I was first introduced to the field of Atmospheric Science when I was working on a bachelors' degree in Physics at the University of Wyoming. I realized that our atmosphere, from the small scale chemical and physical processes to the large scale dynamics and weather systems, is so beautifully complicated that I had to learn more about it! Studying the atmosphere allows me to apply my science to research, and I have the sky as my laboratory.

I have recently finished a Masters degree in Atmospheric Science. I studied the dependence of local ambient aerosol particle hygroscopicity on chemical composition. I am currently a PhD student, and will do my dissertation research using data collected during VOCALS.

I will be participating in the VOCALS campaign with a team from the University of Wyoming, and will be working for Dr. Jefferson Snider and Dr. Dave Leon. During VOCALS I will be involved in making airborne measurements of aerosol particles from aboard the C-130 aircraft, and I will be working with colleagues who make measurements of clouds. Some of the instruments that we are using are the Wyoming Cloud Radar and Lidar (WCR and WCL), an Ultrafine Condensation Particle Counter (UCPC), a Cloud-Condensation Nuclei Counter (CCN counter), a Passive Cavity Aerosol Spectrometer Probe (PCASP), and a forward scattering spectrometer probe 300 (F300). We will use the data to study clouds and different aspects of precipitation and precipitation formation.

When I am not doing science, I love to be outdoors. My husband Ben and I like to go running, hiking, camping, and fishing in the summer, and snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter. We also enjoy traveling and exploring different parts of the world.

Last modified September 18, 2008 by Becca Hatheway.

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