Valentina Aquila

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Valentina Aquila

  • RESEARCH SCIENTIST
  • 202.476.0010
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 614
  • WASHINGTON ,
  • Employer: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Aquila has been working since February 2013 at GESTAR/Johns Hopkins University, where she investigates the climate effect of stratospheric aerosol. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics at NASA GSFC.
    Dr. Aquila received a M.S. in Physics at the University of Genoa, Italy in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Meteorology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germanym in December 2009. She conducted her doctoral research at the Institute for Physics of the Atmosphere of the DLR – German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. During her Ph.D. she developed and implemented the aerosol microphysics module MADE-in within the Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy). Currently, MADE-in is used for studies of potential ice nuclei composition in the upper troposphere – lowermost stratosphere.

    Research Interests

    Climate Impact of Volcanic Aerosol


    Geoengineering


    Aerosol microphysics


    Positions/Employment

    2/2013 - Present

    Associate Research Scientist

    GESTAR/Johns Hopkins University, 314 Olin Hall, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD
    2/2010 - 2/2013

    NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
    5/2006 - 12/2009

    Doctoral Research Scientist

    German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

    Teaching Experience

    • Fall 2014: Teacher for the course "Freshmen Seminar: Introduction to Climate Change" at Johns Hopkins University.
    • April 2014: Lecture on climate change at George Mason University for 40 Environmental Engineering students.
    • March 2014: Lecture on Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies (Pacala and Socolow, Science, 305, 2014) at Johns Hopkins University for 40 undergraduate students.
    • March 2013: Lecture at the Mount View Middle School (Marriottsville, MD) on volcanoes and climate for 7th graders.
    • 2005: Teaching assistant for the Advanced Quantum Mechanics course for master students in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilian University.
    • 2000: Teaching assistant for the Physics laboratory for master students in biology.

    Education

    • Dec. 2009 Ph.D in Physics (Meteorology), Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany. Research Advisor: Prof. Dr. R. Sausen (Ludwig Maximilian University – LMU, and German Aerospace Center – DLR) and Dr. J. Hendricks (DLR). Dissertation title: "Global model studies on the distribution and composition of potential atmospheric ice nuclei". Ph.D. Defense: 11 December 2009
    • Sep. 2004 M.S. in Physics, University of Genoa, Italy. Research Advisor: Dr. G. Ridolfi. Master Thesis: Semileptonic B meson decays. Thesis Defense: 22 September 2004

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union, 2010 - Present
    Earth Science Women Network, 2010 - Present

    Professional Service

    • Since 2014 Committee member of the AeroCenter, and interdisciplinary union of researchers in aerosol science
    • May 2013 Service work for NASA proposal review panel
    • Sep. 2012 Participation in Worldwide Views on Biodiversity, a project to engage ordinary citizens in the process of policymaking and awareness raising on biodiversity.
    • Since 2012 Reviewers for proposals for NASA and Swiss National Science Foundation
    • Since 2011 Volunteer judge for the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2011 and 2012 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
    • Since 2011 Peer-reviewer for Aerosol Science and Technology, Geoscientific Model Development, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

    Awards

    • 2013 NASA Earth Science Division Atmospheres Contractor Award for outstanding performance in science.
    • 2013 Travel support to SSiRC (Stratospheric Sulfur and its Role in Climate) Workshop, Atlanta, GA

    Other Professional Information

    Additional Training
    • 2014 Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences, NAGT workshop, University of Pittsburgh
    • 2014 Summer Teaching Institute, Johns Hopkins University
    • 2014 University Teaching 101, Johns Hopkins University online course
    • 2013 6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, MITx online course
    • 2011 Technical Writing Workshop, NASA GSFC
    • 2011 Proposal Writing Workshop, NASA GSFC
    • 2008 School on Science Communication to Non-Scientists, JRC, Ispra, Italy
    • 2007 European Research School on Atmosphere, Grenoble, France
    Languages
    • Native Language Italian. Fluent in English, Spanish and German.
    Computer Skills
    • OS: Linux/Unix, MacOsX, Microsoft Windows.
    • Programming: FORTRAN, Python, LaTeX, csh, bash.
    • Software: Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Keynote, iWeb, IDL and CDO (data processing and plotting), GMT and GrADS (plotting of geographical data).

    Publications

    Refereed

    Garfinkel, C. I., S.-W. Son, K. Song, V. Aquila, and L. D. Oman. 2017. "Stratospheric variability contributed to and sustained the recent hiatus in Eurasian winter warming." Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (1): 374-382 [10.1002/2016gl072035]

    Garfinkel, C. I., V. Aquila, D. W. Waugh, and L. D. Oman. 2017. "Time-varying changes in the simulated structure of the Brewer–Dobson Circulation." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17 (2): 1313-1327 [10.5194/acp-17-1313-2017]

    Zhu, X., J.-H. Yee, M. Cai, et al. W. H. Swartz, L. Coy, V. Aquila, R. Garcia, and E. R. Talaat. 2016. "Diagnosis of Middle-Atmosphere Climate Sensitivity by the Climate Feedback–Response Analysis Method." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 73 (1): 3–23 [10.1175/jas-d-15-0013.1]

    Aquila, V., W. H. Swartz, D. W. Waugh, et al. P. R. Colarco, S. Pawson, L. M. Polvani, and R. S. Stolarski. 2016. "Isolating the roles of different forcing agents in global stratospheric temperature changes using model integrations with incrementally added single forcings." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., [10.1002/2015jd023841]

    Jones, A. C., J. M. Haywood, A. Jones, and V. Aquila. 2016. "Sensitivity of volcanic aerosol dispersion to meteorological conditions: a Pinatubo case study." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121 (12): 6892–6908 [10.1002/2016jd025001]

    Kaiser, J. C., J. Hendricks, M. Righi, et al. N. Riemer, R. A. Zavery, S. Metzger, and V. Aquila. 2014. "The MESSy aerosol submodel MADE3 (v2.0b): description and a box model test." Geosci. Model Dev., 7 (3): 1137-1157 [10.5194/gmd-7-1137-2014]

    Aquila, V., C. I. Garfinkel, P. Newman, L. D. Oman, and D. W. Waugh. 2014. "Modifications of the quasi-biennial oscillation by a geoengineering perturbation of the stratospheric aerosol layer." Geophys. Res. Lett., 41 (5): 1738–1744 [10.1002/2013GL058818]

    Pitari, G., V. Aquila, B. Kravitz, et al. A. Robock, S. Watanabe, I. Cionni, N. De Luca, G. Di Genova, E. Mancini, and S. Tilmes. 2014. "Stratospheric ozone response to sulfate geoengineering: Results from the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP)." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119 (5): 2629-2653 [10.1002/2013JD020566]

    Aquila, V., L. D. Oman, R. S. Stolarski, P. R. Colarco, and P. A. Newman. 2013. "Correction to ‘Dispersion of the volcanic sulfate cloud from a Mount Pinatubo-like eruption’." J. Geophys. Res., 118 (14): 7849 [10.1002/jgrd.50616]

    Aquila, V., L. D. Oman, R. S. Stolarski, A. R. Douglass, and P. Newman. 2013. "The Response of Ozone and Nitrogen Dioxide to the Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo at Southern and Northern Midlatitudes." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70 (3): 894-900 [10.1175/JAS-D-12-0143.1]

    Aquila, V., J. Hendricks, and M. Righi. 2012. "Global atmospheric aerosol modeling." Chapter in Atmospheric Physics. Background - Methods – Trends, ed. U. Schumann, Springer,

    Hendricks, J., M. Righi, and V. Aquila. 2012. "Global atmospheric aerosol modeling." Chapter in Atmospheric Physics. Background - Methods – Trends, Ed. U. Schuman,

    Aquila, V., L. D. Oman, R. S. Stolarski, P. R. Colarco, and P. Newman. 2012. "Dispersion of the volcanic sulfate cloud from a Mount Pinatubo-like eruption." J. Geophys. Res., 117 (D6): D06216 [10.1029/2011JD016968]

    Aquila, V., J. Hendricks, A. Lauer, et al. N. Riemer, H. Vogel, D. Baumgardner, A. Minikin, A. Petzold, J. Schwarz, J. Spackman, B. Weinzierl, M. Righi, and M. Dall'Amico. 2011. "MADE-in: a new aerosol microphysics submodel for global simulation of insoluble particles and their mixing state." Geosci. Model Dev., 4 (2): 325-355 [10.5194/gmd-4-325-2011]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Aquila has been working since February 2013 at GESTAR/Johns Hopkins University, where she investigates the climate effect of stratospheric aerosol. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics at NASA GSFC.
    Dr. Aquila received a M.S. in Physics at the University of Genoa, Italy in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Meteorology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germanym in December 2009. She conducted her doctoral research at the Institute for Physics of the Atmosphere of the DLR – German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. During her Ph.D. she developed and implemented the aerosol microphysics module MADE-in within the Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy). Currently, MADE-in is used for studies of potential ice nuclei composition in the upper troposphere – lowermost stratosphere.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Garfinkel, C. I., S.-W. Son, K. Song, V. Aquila, and L. D. Oman. 2017. "Stratospheric variability contributed to and sustained the recent hiatus in Eurasian winter warming." Geophysical Research Letters 44 (1): 374-382 [10.1002/2016gl072035]

    Garfinkel, C. I., V. Aquila, D. W. Waugh, and L. D. Oman. 2017. "Time-varying changes in the simulated structure of the Brewer–Dobson Circulation." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (2): 1313-1327 [10.5194/acp-17-1313-2017]

    Zhu, X., J.-H. Yee, M. Cai, et al. W. H. Swartz, L. Coy, V. Aquila, R. Garcia, and E. R. Talaat. 2016. "Diagnosis of Middle-Atmosphere Climate Sensitivity by the Climate Feedback–Response Analysis Method." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 73 (1): 3–23 [10.1175/jas-d-15-0013.1]

    Aquila, V., W. H. Swartz, D. W. Waugh, et al. P. R. Colarco, S. Pawson, L. M. Polvani, and R. S. Stolarski. 2016. "Isolating the roles of different forcing agents in global stratospheric temperature changes using model integrations with incrementally added single forcings." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. [10.1002/2015jd023841]

    Jones, A. C., J. M. Haywood, A. Jones, and V. Aquila. 2016. "Sensitivity of volcanic aerosol dispersion to meteorological conditions: a Pinatubo case study." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 121 (12): 6892–6908 [10.1002/2016jd025001]

    Kaiser, J. C., J. Hendricks, M. Righi, et al. N. Riemer, R. A. Zavery, S. Metzger, and V. Aquila. 2014. "The MESSy aerosol submodel MADE3 (v2.0b): description and a box model test." Geosci. Model Dev. 7 (3): 1137-1157 [10.5194/gmd-7-1137-2014]

    Aquila, V., C. I. Garfinkel, P. Newman, L. D. Oman, and D. W. Waugh. 2014. "Modifications of the quasi-biennial oscillation by a geoengineering perturbation of the stratospheric aerosol layer." Geophys. Res. Lett. 41 (5): 1738–1744 [10.1002/2013GL058818]

    Pitari, G., V. Aquila, B. Kravitz, et al. A. Robock, S. Watanabe, I. Cionni, N. De Luca, G. Di Genova, E. Mancini, and S. Tilmes. 2014. "Stratospheric ozone response to sulfate geoengineering: Results from the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP)." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 119 (5): 2629-2653 [10.1002/2013JD020566]

    Aquila, V., L. D. Oman, R. S. Stolarski, P. R. Colarco, and P. A. Newman. 2013. "Correction to ‘Dispersion of the volcanic sulfate cloud from a Mount Pinatubo-like eruption’." J. Geophys. Res. 118 (14): 7849 [10.1002/jgrd.50616]

    Aquila, V., L. D. Oman, R. S. Stolarski, A. R. Douglass, and P. Newman. 2013. "The Response of Ozone and Nitrogen Dioxide to the Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo at Southern and Northern Midlatitudes." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 70 (3): 894-900 [10.1175/JAS-D-12-0143.1]

    Aquila, V., J. Hendricks, and M. Righi. 2012. "Global atmospheric aerosol modeling." Chapter in Atmospheric Physics. Background - Methods – Trends, ed. U. Schumann, Springer

    Hendricks, J., M. Righi, and V. Aquila. 2012. "Global atmospheric aerosol modeling." Chapter in Atmospheric Physics. Background - Methods – Trends, Ed. U. Schuman

    Aquila, V., L. D. Oman, R. S. Stolarski, P. R. Colarco, and P. Newman. 2012. "Dispersion of the volcanic sulfate cloud from a Mount Pinatubo-like eruption." J. Geophys. Res. 117 (D6): D06216 [10.1029/2011JD016968]

    Aquila, V., J. Hendricks, A. Lauer, et al. N. Riemer, H. Vogel, D. Baumgardner, A. Minikin, A. Petzold, J. Schwarz, J. Spackman, B. Weinzierl, M. Righi, and M. Dall'Amico. 2011. "MADE-in: a new aerosol microphysics submodel for global simulation of insoluble particles and their mixing state." Geosci. Model Dev. 4 (2): 325-355 [10.5194/gmd-4-325-2011]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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