Chris Jones

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington
Box 352420
Seattle, WA 98195-2420
ATG 726
crj6 (at)
Curriculum vitae: pdf

Biographical Sketch

I'm broadly interested in using a combination of numerical simulations, modeling, and analytical mathematics to approach scientific problems.   In the past I've worked on particle physics, mode-locking laser dynamics, and developing numerical algorithms to determine the stability of optical structures.

My current research interest lies in the cloud-topped atmospheric boundary layer and cloud feedbacks in global climate models.  The goals of my research are to understand underlying physical mechanisms governing the response of boundary layer clouds to climate change, and to better parameterize these processes in numerical models.

Outside of my studies, I enjoy playing games and baking bread.


  1. Jones, C. R., C. S. Bretherton, and M. S. Pritchard, 2015: Mean-state acceleration of cloud-resolving models and large eddy simulations, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 07, doi:10.1002/2015MS000488.

  2. Jones,C. R., C. S. Bretherton and P. N. Blossey, 2014: Fast stratocumulus time scale in mixed layer model and large eddy simulation. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 6, doi:10.1002/2013MS000289.

  3. Bretherton, C. S., P. N. Blossey and C. R. Jones, 2013: Mechanisms of marine low cloud sensitivity to idealized climate perturbations: A single-LES exploration extending the CGILS cases. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 5, doi:10.1002/jame.20019.

  4. Jones, C.R., C.S. Bretherton, and D. Leon, 2011: Coupled vs. decoupled boundary layers in VOCALS-REx, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 7143-7153, 2011.

  5. Jones, C.R. and J.N. Kutz, 2010: Stability of mode-locked pulse solutions subject to saturable gain: computing linear stability with the Floquet-Fourier-Hill method, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 27,1184-1194, 2010.

  6. Hachey, S., C.R. Jones, and J.N. Kutz, 2010: Stability, dynamics, and the onset of multi-pulsing in a mode-locked laser cavity using phase-sensitive amplification, Optics Communications, 283, 2588-2595, 2010.


Fast Stratocumulus Adjustment Timescale due to Entrainment-Liquid Flux Feedback, AGU Fall Meeting 2013 (poster).
Coupled vs. Decoupled Boundary Layers in VOCALS-REx, UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences Atmosphere and Climate Dynamics Seminar, May 26 2011.
Mode-locking using phase-sensitive amplification, Photonics West, January 2010.


Spring, Autumn 2010: AMATH 351 (Instructor)
Autumn 2009: AMATH 581 (TA)
2008-2009: PHYS 121-122 (Lab TA)
2006-2007: Physics at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (TA)
2003-2006: Physics 101, 207, 208 at Cornell University (TA)

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