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PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences, 2007

Dissertation: Characterizing Fog and the Physical Mechanisms Leading to its Formation in Precipitation in a Coastal Area of the Northeastern United States. Advisor: Roy Rasmussen (NCAR)
MSc, Université du Québec à Montréal, Atmospheric Sciences, 1993
Thesis:Evaluation of lower tropospheric synoptic scale vertical motion diagnosed using surface data. Advisor: Peter Zwack
BSc, Université de Montréal, Physics, 1989

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After obtaining my M.Sc., I worked at the Université du Québec à Montréal as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Peter Zwack.  Projects were funded by the Federal Aviation Administration and performed in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. The aim of the project was the development of forecasting tools to improve terminal area weather forecasts. I also worked on the development of a weather analysis/forecast component for the Aircraft Vortex Spacing System, then being developed at NASA Langley. The focus of my work then shifted toward the development/adaptation of a 1D atmospheric boundary layer model to provide numerical forecasts of ceilings & visibility as part of the Marine Stratus Initiative for the San Francisco Intl' Airport. The project received the "Excellence in Aviation" Award given in 2002 by the US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration.
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Montréal, view from Mont Royal
After feeling the urge for adventure, I moved to Boulder Colorado in late summer 2001 to pursue my graduate studies. I obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder). My research/assistantship, studying the physical mechanims associated to fog events in the New York city region, was performed at NCAR/RAL under the supervision of Dr. Roy Rasmussen. I was later involved with a project aimed at increasing understanding of the variability within the boundary layer in response to radiative stochastic forcing and how numerical models represent this variability. This work was performed in collaboration with Dr. Joshua Hacker at NCAR. 
Boulder
"Flatirons" from CU campus, Boulder
I then held a Scientific Visitor position at Météo-France/CNRM in Toulouse within the GMME/TURBAU group, working with a team headed by Dr. Thierry Bergot on the understanding, modeling and forecasting the variability of fog in complex environments. Involved were analyses of comprehensive observations taken during the ParisFog field campaign, complemented by high-resolution simulations using the Méso-NH modeling system.
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Toulouse, la "Ville Rose"
Back on the left-hand side of the Atlantic, I held a NSERC/CRSNG postdoctoral fellowship at the Data Assimilation and Satellite Meteorology group / Meteorological Research Division / Atmospheric Science & Technology Directorate / Science & Technology / Environment Canada in Dorval, Québec, Canada. There, I worked on a project which led to improved analyses and forecasts of low-level winds over the oceans through enhanced data assimilation of remotely-sensed ocean surface wind vectors. The project was funded by the Canadian National Search & Rescue Secretariat and performed under the supervision of Dr. Stéphane Laroche
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Montréal, view from Old Port
I am now a Research Associate in Prof. Greg Hakim's group at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences/ College of the Environment / University of Washington in Seattle Washington, where my research focuses on data assimilation issues in coupled atmosphere-ocean modeling systems to improve the characterization of predictability limits of climate variability at the decadal time scale. Seattle
Space Needle & Mt. Rainier, Seattle, Washington