Paquita Zuidema

Professor

Phone:
(305) 421-4276
Locator Code:
VK

 
About

Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Position and Research Expertise

Paquita Zuidema is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Her research focuses on the relationship of warm, shallow clouds to the large-scale environment, with an emphasis on the connection to radiation.

Teaching and Mentoring

Dr. Zuidema teaches graduate courses on physical meteorology (cloud physics and radiative transfer) and teaches undergraduate Atmospheric Observations (Instrumentation) and Remote Sensing. She mentors graduate students in the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program and Meteorology and Physical Oceanography graduate program.

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Career

Career Summary


Dr. Zuidema has a Ph.D. from the then-Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was a National Resource Council postdoctoral fellow and Research Associate at the NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory in Boulder, CO for three years before coming to the Rosenstiel School in 2005.

Awards and Leadership Positions

Dr. Zuidema organized the 2014 AMS Conference on Atmospheric Radiation, was an editor for the AMS Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology from 2012 through 2015 and Undergraduate Meteorology Program Director from 2010-2015, co-chaired the US CLIVAR Eastern Tropical Oceans Synthesis Working Group, and is the Lead Scientist for the Department of Energy ARM Mobile Facility Deployment to Ascension Island in 2016- 2017.

Career Summary


Dr. Zuidema has a Ph.D. from the then-Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was a National Resource Council postdoctoral fellow and Research Associate at the NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory in Boulder, CO for three years before coming to the Rosenstiel School in 2005.

Awards and Leadership Positions

Dr. Zuidema organized the 2014 AMS Conference on Atmospheric Radiation, was an editor for the AMS Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology from 2012 through 2015 and Undergraduate Meteorology Program Director from 2010-2015, co-chaired the US CLIVAR Eastern Tropical Oceans Synthesis Working Group, and is the Lead Scientist for the Department of Energy ARM Mobile Facility Deployment to Ascension Island in 2016- 2017.

Research

Scientific Research

Dr. Zuidema studies cloud processes and their radiative impacts, and the relationship of clouds to their large-scale environment. Scientists still lack a guiding theory for low cloud behavior, a lack that acutely affects our ability to predict future climate. Dr. Zuidema is primarily an observationalist, but also uses a combination of observations and modeling to help articulate the low cloud response. While observations of clouds help describe what is happening, models help describe why it is happening

For her research, Dr. Zuidema utilizes observations spanning a range of scales, from in-situ datasets provided by aircraft to surface-based remote sensing datasets to satellite datasets. She then uses data integration – combining slices of information from instruments and models – to build a bigger picture of the processes she is studying.