Dr. Christopher received his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University in 1995. He also holds a Master's degree in Meteorology from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) and a Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
After completing his PhD, Dr. Christopher joined the faculty at SDSMT in the Department of Meteorology. In 1997, he joined the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UAHuntsville as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor at UAHuntsville in 2001 and was awarded tenure in 2002. He became a Full Professor in 2007.
In August 2007, he was appointed Associate Director of the Earth System Science Center. He was also appointed Chairman of the Department of Atmospheric Science in 2010. He succesfully designed a Master's level graduate program in Earth System Science that educates and trains graduate students in new paradigms involving research to decision making.
Dr. Christopher's research interests include satellite remote sensing of clouds and aerosols and their impact on air quality, environment, health, and global and regional climate. He works with numerous satellite data sets from polar orbiting and geostationary satellites, ground-based instruments, and aircraft data to study the earth-atmosphere system.He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers in national and international journals including several review papers related to aerosols, air quality and the climate impacts of aerosols. He has served on numerous national and international committees including the Climate Change Science Panel and the GEWEX.
Dr. Christopher enjoys teaching and has designed and developed undergraduate and graduate level courses with special emphasis on hands-on training using satellite data. He also designed a professional development course for graduate students and maintains a blog to help students navigate graduate school. In 2011 AGU published his book titled Navigating Graduate School and Beyond : A Career Guide for Graduate Students and a Must Read for every Advisor.
Dr. Christopher has published extensively in national and international peer-reviewed journals and has also presented his work at major scientific conferences. He has been invited to speak at major venues including the World Federation of Scientists (Erice, Sicily), the United Nations Symposium in 2007 (Graz, Austria), the American Association for Aerosol Research, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS), the United Nations Symposium on Space Applications, 2008 (Graz, Austria), the Osher Institute of Higher Learning, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and various national and international universities (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Purdue University, Texas A&M, University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin, Goddard Space Flight Center, Colorado State University, and others).
He has also won several million dollars in numerous grants and contracts from NASA, NOAA, and other federal agencies for studying earth-atmosphere processes.
He has won several awards including the University Award for Research and Creative Achievement in 2006 and NASA New Investigator Award. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has served as an expert reviewer for the Climate Change Science Program (CCSP).
He is a citizen of the United States of America.
1995 PhD (Atmospheric Science): Colorado State University
2002 MA (Industrial/Organizational Psychology), University of Alabama in Huntsville
1989 MS (Atmospheric Science): South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
1985 BE (Engineering): P.S.G. College of Technology, India
2010- Chairman, Department of Atmospheric Science, UAHuntsville
2007- Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, UAHuntsville
2007- Associate Director, Earth System Science Center , UAHuntsville
2001-2007 Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, UAHuntsville
2004-2005 Gordon Godfrey Fellow, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
1997-2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, UAHuntsville
1995-1997 Assistant Professor, South Dakota School of Mines and Tech (SDSMT)
1994-1995 Research Scientist, South Dakota School of Mines and Tech (SDSMT)
2007 NASA Group Achievement Award CERES Science for Algorithms and Data Products
2006 UAH Research and Creative Achievement Award
2003 NASA Group Achievement Award CERES Science for Algorithms and Data Products
2000 NASA Group Achievement Award CERES Science for Algorithms and Data Products
1996-1999 NASA New Investigator Award
1992-1993 NASA Fellowship in Global Climate Change Research
Mini-grant for developing web-based GIS/Remote Sensing tools, UAHuntsville.
Satellite Remote Sensing, Biomass burning, Aerosols, Air Quality
Aerosol Climate Forcing, Earth Radiation Budget, and Cloud Property Retrievals.
Employee Motivation and Job Satisfaction
Professional Activities and Affiliations (Current and previous)
2012- Editorial Review Board for British Journal of Environment and Climate Change
2010-2013 CALIPSO Science Team
2010-2013 NASA Interdisciplinary Science Team
2008 Chair for GEWEX Aerosol Working Group
2007-current Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Associate Editor
Editorial Board for the Journal Atmosphere
Canadian Space Agency, Scientific Study and Evaluation Program.
GOES-R Independent Verification and Validation
GEOCAPE Aerosol Science Working Group
CCSP, Expert reviewer
Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Working Group - Aerosols and Climate
Solar Occultation Satellite Science Team (SOSST)
CERES-II Science Team
MODIS-II Science Team
Global Aerosol Climatology Project Science Team (GACP)
SCARAB Science Team, Principal Investigator
International ScaRaB Science Working Group (ISSWG)
ERBE -II Science Team
American Association for Aerosol Research
EOSDIS Subsetting Working Group
EOSDIS, Science Advisor
American Meteorological Society
American Geophysical Union
University Working Group Langley DAAC
TOMS Science Team
2010 and 2011: Investment Board for Rostock Initiatives Committee
2010 and 2011 :Investment Board for CATHALAC Initiatives, Lead Committee Member
University Benefits Committee
2009 Dean Evaluation Committee
2008- Current, Research Council
2007- UAHuntsville NASULGC representative (Oceans and Atmosphere)
2008 UAHuntsville Strategic Planning Committee for Research
2008 UAHuntsville, Focused hire proposal lead for ATS
2007, 2008 College of Science, Promotion and Tenure Committee
1998-2003 Faculty Senate
University Research Awards
2010 University Research Grant for Land Use Land Cover Research in Panama.
Key Invited Presentations
2011 American Meteorological Society, Seattle
2009 American Geophysical Union, Terra at Ten
2009 Air and Waste Management Presentation, Critical Review
2008 United Nations Symposium on Space Applications
2007 United Nations Symposium on Space Applications
2006 American Association for Aerosol Research
Australian Meteorological and Oceanic Society
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society, Student Professional Development
Dr. Christopher has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in various journals. He has more than 200 conference presentations and publications.
In 2011, The American Geophysical Union Published Dr. Christopher's book titled : Navigating Graduate School and Beyond : A Career Guide for Graduate Students and a Must Read for every Advisor.
TEACHING ACTIVITIES (Click here)
Dr. Christopher teaches several courses emphasizing hands-on activities using satellite remote sensing data including the following:
1) Satellite Remote Sensing I
2) Satellite Remote Sensing II
3) Physical Climatology
4) GIS and Remote Sensing
5) Professional Development
6) High Resolution Aerosol Remote Sensing
7) Data Fusion for Climate and Air Quality Applications.
Dr. Christopher is actively involved in service activities at the university (faculty senate, employment benefits, commencement committees, Dean evaluation, research council, STEM initiaives, strategic planning) He is also involved in activities at the national level (reviewer for several journals, text books & funding agencies, science teams, science panels) and international level (science committees and invited speaker and editorial boards).
Dr. Christopher is involved in consulting activities by providing technical expertise related to satellite remote sensing and other related topics.
Dr. Christopher has mentored several graduate students towards their MS and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Science: Kristine Barbieri, Dr. Jianglong Zhang (winner of the 2010 PECASE award and the 2011 NOAA David Johnson Award), Dr. Jun Wang (winner of NASA's New Investigator proposal, 2009), Dr. Patadia, Dr. Gupta, Dr. Xiang Li, Madhur Sud, Danqing Qi, Amit Seth, Steve Supercizynski, Aaron Naeger, Nan Feng, Eric Dobbs.