Holly Mallinson

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  • M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
  • B.S. Atmospheric Science, cum laude, University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2016

I joined the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois in Fall 2016. Prior to this I attended the University of Louisiana-Monroe for my bachelor's degree in atmospheric science while minoring in history.  During this time, I participated in the Gulf Coast Region Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) hosted at Texas A&M University and was an intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory.  


I completed my Master's degree in Summer 2018 where I worked with Dr. Sonia Lasher-Trapp on a DOE-ASR sponsored project investigating the microphysical influences on cold pool properties.  Specifically, we looked at the effects of microphysical processes in rain, graupel, and hail production and their influence on cold pool development.  To investigate this we used the CM1 model to perform high-resolution simulations on the NCSA Blue Waters Supercomputer.  We are currently preparing a manuscript for submission to an AMS Journal on this work.  


In Fall 2018 I began work on my PhD. and plan to continue using high-resolution modeling to investigate precipitation processes.  Additionally, I will be taking part in the RELAMPAGO field campaign in Argentina where I will work with DAS Department Head Jeff Trapp.


I currently serve on the AMS Student Conference Planning Committee for the 2019 Student Conference January 5-6 in Phoenix, AZ.  For this I am helping plan the Resume Workshop in addition to serving as one of the liaisons to the Society of Physics Students.  

Please visit my website or contact me if you're interested in learning more about my research. 

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