Greg McFarquhar Recognized as AGU Fellow

Greg McFarquhar Recognized as AGU Fellow

Dr. Greg McFarquhar, a School of Meteorology professor and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), was named an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow! McFarquhar is being recognized as an AGU member who has made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences.


McFarquhar, an Ontario, Canada native, initially focused on mathematics and physics in college, getting a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Toronto. Later, he earned his Masters and Ph.D in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Toronto, Canada. McFarquhar spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, then worked at the national Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. After many years of teaching, he landed his current position at School of Meteorology and the Director of CIMMS.


The AGU aims to support anyone from enthusiasts to experts around the world that are interested in Earth and space sciences. In order to be nominated as an AGU Fellow, the nominee must meet at least one of these three criteria: a breakthrough or discovery; an innovation in disciplinary science, cross-disciplinary science, instrumental development, or methods development; or sustained scientific impact.


McFarquhar has a variety of atmospheric interests, but the most prominent one that he focuses on is cloud physics. His research in cloud physics over the years has led to many awards and opportunities. He is the outgoing chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Cloud Physics and currently Vice-President of the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation. McFarquhar is also the chief editor for the American Meteorological Society’s Monographs Collection, an associate editor for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, and has active research grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and many more. In addition to all these positions and opportunities, McFarquhar has previously served as the Chief Scientist for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program’s Aerial Facilities. 


Congratulations Dr. McFarquhar on receiving this prestigious recognition!