Erica McGrath-Spangler, Research Scientist II

Erica McGrath-Spangler


Phone: (301) 614-5838


Data assimilation, Infrared radiances, numerical weather prediction


Dr. McGrath-Spangler received her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in mathematics and in atmospheric and oceanic sciences in 2005. She then continued her education at Colorado State University working under Dr. Scott Denning and received both M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2011) degrees in atmospheric science. Her Ph.D. work investigated the impact of boundary layer turbulence on land-atmosphere interactions and on the carbon budget using a coupled land-atmosphere regional model. This analysis motivated the development and automation of an algorithm to detect the vertical extent of daytime mixing originating at the surface. This estimate of the planetary boundary layer (PBL) depth uses space-based LIDAR aboard the CALIPSO satellite and provides global measurements of PBL depth. She joined GESTAR in June 2012 in order to work on the turbulence parameterization and tracer transport in the GEOS-5 model.