Dr. Eric M. Wilcox

Associate Research Professor Climatology
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climate, aerosols, clouds, remote sensing, satellites, climate modeling, NASA, climate forcing

Research Areas

  • Radiative forcing of aerosols and clouds
  • Remote sensing and in-situ observation of clouds
  • Atmospheric convection
  • Climate modeling

Professional Interests

Dr. Wilcox's research addresses the interactions among aerosols, clouds, and precipitation towards a goal of improved understanding of precipitation, cloud variability and radiative forcing of climate at regional scales. This work relies on satellite and in-situ observations, as well as simulations with numerical models of the atmosphere and climate.

Dr. Wilcox manages DRI's climate modeling group, which implements a wide range of numerical models, including fine-resolution atmospheric models for regional climate studies and applied research in water resources and renewable energy projects, air quality and chemistry models, and global coupled ocean/atmosphere climate models.

Dr. Wilcox teaches Atmospheric Physics (ATMS 411/611) and Atmospheric Modeling (ATMS 746) at University of Nevada, Reno. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, an associate director of the Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium for DRI,and he serves as a member representative to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D. 2002 Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, UCSD Oceanography
B.S. 1995 University of California, San Diego Physics

Professional Experience

DatesExperience
2013-present Associate research professor climatology, Desert Research Institute, Reno NV.
2011-present Graduate faculty, Interdisciplinary atmospheric sciences program, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno, NV.
2010-2013 Assistant research professor, Desert Research Institute, Reno NV.
2005-2010 Physical scientist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD.
Spring 2005 Adjunct instructor, Montclair State University Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, Montclair, NJ.
2003-2005 Visiting fellow of the NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change, Princeton University Dept. of Geosciences Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.
2002-2003 Postgraduate research atmospheric physicist, Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
1996-2002 Graduate student researcher, Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society

Publications & Presentations

2017

McAdams, D., Wilcox, E.M., Gao, L., Fernandez, E., Vogel, S., O'Reilly, J., Kolodziejski, N., Stapels, C., Christian, J. (2017). Development of a UAV-mounted Holographic Cloud Particle Imager, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Seattle, WA, January 23, 2017-January 26, 2017
Shan, Y., Wilcox, E.M., Zhao, T., Yin, Y., Gao, L. (2017). Evaluation of and Suggested Improvements to the Morrison Microphysics in WRF Model -Part I: Analysis on Triple-Moment Size Distribution Function and Sedimentation Section, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Seattle, WA, January 23, 2017-January 27, 2017
Wilcox, E.M. (2017). Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing of Sea Fog with Simultaneous Passive Infrared and Microwave Sensors, Eds. Koracin, D. R., Dorman, C., In Marine Fog: Challenges and Advancements in Observations, Modeling and Forecasting, Springer Atmospheric Sciences, Springer International Publishing: Basel, Switzerland
Wilcox, E.M. (2017). Dynamics of Shallow Cumulus Clouds in the Presence of Black Carbon Aerosol, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Seattle, WA, January 23, 2017-January 26, 2017

2016

Chung, C.E., Lewinschal, A., Wilcox, E.M. (2016). Relationship between low-cloud presence and the amount of overlying aerosols, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, (9), 5781-5792, doi: 10.5194/acp-16-5781-2016 Copernicus Publications
Gao, L., Wilcox, E.M., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K. (2016). Impact of Anthropogenic Aerosol on the Properties of Shallow Maritime Cumulus Clouds, Poster, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, January 13, 2016
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2016). A New Look to Impacts of Aerosols on Storm Track Dynamics through Wave Activity, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, January 14, 2016
Ichoku, C., Ellison, L. T., Willmot, K. E., Matsui, T., Desfuli, A. K., Gatebe, C. K., Wang, J., Wilcox, E.M., Lee, J., Adegoke, J., Okonkwo, C., Bolton, J., Policelli, F. S., Habib, S. (2016). Biomass Burning, Land-Cover Change, and the Hydrological Cycle in Northern Sub-Saharan Africa, Environ. Res. Lett., 11, (9), doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/095005
Pistone, K., Praveen, P., Thomas, R., Ramanathan, V., Wilcox, E.M., Bender, F. (2016). Observed correlations between aerosol and cloud properties in an Indian Ocean trade cumulus regime, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, (8), 5203-5227, doi:10.5194/acp-16-5203-2016Copernicus GmbH
Shan, Y., Wilcox, E.M., Gao, L., Yin, Y., Zhao, T. (2016). Improvement to microphysical schemes in WRF Model based on observation data, part I: size distribution function, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, January 13, 2016
Shan, Y., Wilcox, E.M., Zhao, T., Yin, Y., Gao, L. (2016). Evaluation of and Suggested Improvements to the Morrison Microphysics in WRF Model. Part I: Analysis on Triple-moment Size Distribution Function and Sedimentation Section, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2016-December 16, 2016
Thompson, D. R., McCubbin, I. B., Gao, B., Green, R. O., Matthews, A. A., Mei, F., Meyer, K. G., Platnick, S., Schmid, B., Tomlinson, J., Wilcox, E.M. (2016). Characterization of Liquid and Ice Clouds with Shortwave Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 9174-9190, doi: 10.1002/2016JD024999
Wilcox, E.M. (2016). Semi-direct Effects of Aerosols on Low Clouds: Mechanisms for Climate Cooling by Black Carbon Aerosols, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, January 12, 2016
Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F. (2016). The transport of southern Africa smoke aerosols and transient dynamics of the subtropical circulation, Ed. Shan, Y., American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2016-December 16, 2016
Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F., Gao, L., Thomas, R., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F. A., Ramanathan, V. (2016). Semi-direct effects of black carbon aerosols on low clouds: Mechanisms for climate cooling, Aerosols and Clouds: Connections from the Laboratory to the Field to the Globe: Telluride Science Research Center, CO, June 27, 2016-July 1, 2016
Wilcox, E.M., Mejia, J. F., Shan, Y., Giordano, M. (2016). Solar Irradiance Forecasting, Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Nevada Annual Meeting: Reno, March 14, 2016-March 15, 2016
Wilcox, E.M., Thomas, R. M., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F. A., Ramanathan, V. (2016). Black Carbon Solar Absorption Suppresses Turbulence in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 113, (42), 11794-11799, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1525746113, 2016

2015

Gao, L., Wilcox, E.M., Praveen, P. S. (2015). Impact of anthropogenic aerosol on the properties of shallow maritime cumulus clouds, Gordon Conference on Radiation and Climate: Lewiston, ME, July 28, 2015-July 31, 2015
Gao, L., Wilcox, E.M., Shan, Y. (2015). Impact of Anthropogenic Aerosol on the Properties of Shallow Maritime Cumulus Clouds, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). Aerosol Radiative Forcing and Interactions with Atmospheric Wave Activity, Paper, 95th AMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 7, 2015
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). Aerosol-Climate Interactions through Atmospheric Wave Activities, Gordon Conference on Radiation and Climate: Lewiston, ME, July 26, 2015-July 31, 2015
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). A New Look to Interactions of Saharan Dust with Waves in the Tropical Atlantic Storm Track, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015
Ichoku, C., Ellison, L. T., Willmot, K. E., Matsui, T., Gatebe, C. K., Wang, J., Wilcox, E.M., Lee, J., Adegoke, J., Okonkwo, C., Bolton, J., Policelli, F. S., Habib, S. (2015). Biomass burning, land-≠cover change, and the hydrological cycle in Northern sub-≠Saharan Africa, Environmental Research Letters
Munchak, L., Levy, R., Mattoo, S., Patadia, F., Wilcox, E.M., Marshak, A. (2015). Retrieval of Aerosol Within Cloud Fields Using the MODIS Airborne Simulator (MAS), American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015
Posselt, D., Wilcox, E.M., Yuan, T. (2015). An Observation and CRM Based Analysis of Large Scale Aerosol-Convection Interaction in the Tropics, Presentation, 95th AMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 5, 2015
Shan, Y., Wilcox, E.M., Gao, L., Zhao, T., Yin, Y. (2015). Improvement to microphysical schemes in WRF Model based on observed data, part I: size distribution function, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015
Watts, A. C., Fenstermaker, L.F., McGwire, K. C., Wilcox, E.M., Brown, T. J. (2015). Fire and UAS projects at the Desert Research Institute, Presentation at University of British Columbia: Okanagon, June 18, 2015
Wilcox, E.M. (2015). Multi-spectral Remote Sensing of Sea Fog with Simultaneous Passive Infrared and Microwave Sensors, Eds. Koracin, D. R., Dorman, C., In Marine Fog, Springer, In Press
Wilcox, E.M., Thomas, R. M., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F. A., Ramanathan, V. (2015). Black carbon solar absorption suppresses turbulence in the atmospheric boundary layer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Reviewed
Wilcox, E.M., Thomas, R. M., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F. A., Ramanathan, V. (2015). Response of low clouds and turbulence to light-absorbing aerosol, Gordon Conference on Radiation and Climate: Lewiston, ME, July 28, 2015-July 31, 2015

2014

Fenstermaker, L.F., McGwire, K. C., Wilcox, E.M., Tilley, J., Watts, A. C., Baker, J. L., Huntington, J. L. (2014). UAS environmental research, Invited talk, Nevada Governors Conference on Small Business: Las Vegas, NV, September 19, 2014
Gatebe, C. K., Ichoku, C. M., Poudyal, R., Roman, M. O., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). Surface albedo darkening from wildfires in northern sub-Saharan Africa, Environ. Res. Lett., 9, (6), 065003 (12pp), doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/6/065003
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). Aerosol interactions with African/Atlantic climate dynamics, Environ. Res. Lett., 9, 075004, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/7/075004
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). A Dynamic Perspective on aerosol-vorticity-wave Interactions, Oral presentation at the 94th American Meteorological Society (AMS): Atlanta, GA, February 2, 2014
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). An Energetic Perspective on Aerosol Radiative Forcing and Interactions with Atmospheric Wave Activity, Poster, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Ichoku, C., Ellison, L., Willmot, E., Gatebe, C., Matsui, T., Wang, J., Okonkwo, C., Damoah, R., Lee, J., Adegoke, J., Bolten, J., Policelli, F., Wilcox, E.M., Habib, S. (2014). Fire-Induced Variation of Essential Climate Variables in Northern Sub-Saharan Africa, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Koracin, D. R., Dorman, C. E., Lewis, J. M., Hudson, J. G., Wilcox, E.M., Torregrosa, A. (2014). Marine fog: A review, Atmos. Res., 143, 142-175
Wilcox, E.M. (2014). Interactions among South Asian haze, radiation, and cloud systems of the Northern Indian Ocean, Invited talk. NASA MODIS Science Team Meeting: Columbia, MD, April 29, 2014-May 1, 2014
Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F., Colarco, P. R. (2014). Signatures of semi-direct radiative forcing by absorbing aerosols in satellite observations and models, Poster, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Wilcox, E.M., Posselt, D. J., Yuan, T. (2014). Radiative forcing by aerosol modification of deep convective cloud cover: An evaluation with cloud-resolving simulations and satellite observations, American Meteorological Society 2014 Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA, February 2, 2014
Wilcox, E.M., Thomas, R. M., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F., Feng, Y., Ramanathan, V. (2014). Shallow cumulus clouds embedded in a deep regional haze: Results from Indian Ocean CARDEX experiment, American Meteorological Society 2014 Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA, February 2, 2014
Yuan, T., Li, Z., Wilcox, E.M., Oreopoulos, L., Remer, L., Yu, H., Platnick, S., Posselt, D., Zhang, Z., Martins, J. (2014). Aerosol Microphysical and Macrophysical Effects on Deep Convective Clouds, American Geophysical Union 2014 Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014

2013

Gatebe, C. K., Ichoku, C., Rajesh, R., Roman, M., Wilcox, E.M., Schaaf, C. (2013). Impact of Wildfires on Albedo in Northern Sub-Saharan Africa, Presented at 4th North American Carbon Project All-Investigators Meeting,: Albuquerque, NM, February 7, 2013
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2013). Large-Scale Interactions of African Smoke and Dust Aerosols with Tropical/Subtropical Atmospheric Circulations and Precipitation, Presentation at the 93rd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Austin, TX, January 5, 2013
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2013). Interactions between Oceanic Saharan Air Layer and African Easterly Jet- African Easterly Waves System, Presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2013
Wilcox, E.M. (2013). Observations of aerosol semi-direct effects at multiple scales, Invited Talk. Special session on: Cancun, Mexico, May 14, 2013
Wilcox, E.M. (2013). Deep convective cloud system size and structure: thermodynamic forcing and modification by aerosols, NASA MODIS Science Team meeting: Silver Spring, MD, April 15, 2013
Wilcox, E.M., Thomas, R. M., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F., Feng, Y., Ramanathan, V. (2013). Moisture dynamics in the cloudy and polluted tropical atmosphere: The Cloud Aerosol Radiative Forcing Dynamics Experiment (CARDEX), ). Presentation at the 93rd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Austin, TX, January 5, 2013
Wilcox, E.M., Thomas, R. M., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F., Feng, Y., Ramanathan, V. (2013). Trade cumulus clouds embedded in a deep regional haze: Results from Indian Ocean CARDEX experiment, AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2013
Wilcox, E.M., Yuan, T., Posselt, D. (2013). Deep convective cloud system size and structure: A quantitative study of the forcing by atmospheric thermodynamics and modification by aerosols, Presentation at the 93rd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Austin, TX, January 5, 2013
Wilcox, E.M., Yuan, T., Posselt, D. J. (2013). Interrelationships among deep convective cloud systems size, atmospheric thermodynamics, aerosols, and cloud radiative forcing, Invited Talk. Special session on: Cancun, Mexico, May 14, 2013

2012

Chakrabarty, R. K., Garro, M. A., Moosmuller, H., Wilcox, E.M. (2012). Strong Radiative Heating due to Wintertime Black Carbon Aerosols in the Brahmaputra River Valley, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, (9), L09804, doi: 10.1029/2012GL051148
Chakrabarty, R. K., Garro, M. A., Wilcox, E.M., Moosmuller, H. (2012). The Brahmaputra River Valley: A Regional Hotspot of Black Carbon Emissions, Aerosol and Atmospheric Optics: Visibility and Air Pollution, Air & Waste Management Association: Whitefish, MT, September 24, 2012
Feng, Y., Kotamarthi, V. R., Jefferson, A., Wilcox, E.M., Thomas, R. M., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F., Ramanathan, V. (2012). Observation-constrained Estimation of Aerosol Climate Impacts over S Asia, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 5, 2012
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2012). Mechanisms of African Aerosol-Climate Interactions and their Forcing on Dynamical Systems, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2012
Ichoku, C., Gatebe, C., Bolton, J., Policelli, F., Habib, S., Lee, J., Adegoke, J., Wang, J., Wilcox, E.M. (2012). Possible links between biomass burning and the water cycle in Northern sub-Saharan Africa, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2012
Praveen, P. S., Ramanathan, V., Wilcox, E.M., Thomas, R. M., Pistone, K., Bender, F. (2012). Source specific aerosol radiative heating over tropical Indian Ocean during Cloud Aerosol Radiative Forcing Dynamics Experiment (CARDEX), AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2012
Wilcox, E.M. (2012). Direct and semi-direct radiative forcing of smoke aerosols over clouds, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 139-149

2011

Gatebe, C., Wilcox, E.M., Poudyal, R., Wang, J. (2011). Effects of ship wakes on ocean brightness and radiative forcing over ocean, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, (17), Wiley Online Library

2010

Gatebe, C. K., Poudyal, R., Wilcox, E.M., Wang, J. (2010). Effects of ship wakes on ocean brightness and radiative forcing over ocean, Atmos Chem Phys Discuss, 10, 21683-21696, doi:10.5194/acpd-10-21683-2010
Wilcox, E.M. (2010). Stratocumulus cloud thickening beneath layers of absorbing smoke aerosol, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, (23), 11769-11777, Copernicus GmbH
Wilcox, E.M., Lau, K. M., Kim, K. (2010). A Northward Shift of the North Atlantic Ocean Intertropical Convergence Zone in Response to Summertime Saharan Dust Outbreaks, Geophys Res Lett, 37, doi:10.1029/2009GL041774.2010

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