Mark Olsen, Assistant Research Scientist

Mark Olsen


NASA Goddard
Bldg 33, Room E321
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-6055
Fax: 301-614-5903


My research focuses on global and fine scale atmospheric dynamics and constituent transport. Specific topics addressed include stratosphere-troposphere exchange, upper-troposphere/lower-stratosphere interactions, atmospheric constituent trends, and their relationship to climate and climate change.


Dr. Mark A. Olsen received a B.S. in physics from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993 and a Ph.D. in physics from Iowa State University in 2000. His doctoral research examined near-tropopause dynamics and structure of baroclinic systems in total column ozone data and mesoscale model analyses. From 2000 to 2002, he held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at GSFC where his work concentrated on midlatitude stratosphere-troposphere exchange of ozone and mass. At GEST/UMBC, Dr. Olsen became a research associate in December 2002 and assistant research scientist in December 2004; subsequently, he joined GESTAR/MSU in 2011. Dr. Olsen's research interests include upper-troposphere/lower-stratosphere structure and dynamics, cross-tropopause transport, and climate change.