Michael A. Alexander


NOAA, Physical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328
(303) 497-6030


Ph.D., Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990. Advisor - John E. Kutzbach

M.S., Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986. Advisor - Gerald Herman.

B.S., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, 1982.


Meteorologist., NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory , 10/99 - present
Direct and conduct original research and publish the findings in peer-review journals on atmosphere-ocean interaction, moisture transport and precipitation over the United States, climate variability and change, and marine biology. Work closely with hydrologists, biologists and managers to inform them on how these processes effect water supply, living marine resources and ecosystem function. NOAA lead of the Physical Science Division (PSD) Atmosphere-Ocean Process team. Supervise NOAA employees and act as science advisor for cooperative institute employees and students. Plan, execute, and report research team annual milestones, research to operations/applications, and technology transfer.

Research Associate. (Visiting Fellow 1/91-1/92), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, 1/92 - 9/99. Instructor, Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics and Interannual Climate Variability Course, University of Washington, Friday Harbor Lab, 7/93 - 8/93.

Research Assistant, Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 7/83 - 12/90.
Examined climatic variability, large scale air-sea interaction, and atmospheric and oceanic energy transport, through modeling experiments and data analysis.

Head Teaching Assistant, Introductory meteorology, Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1/86 - 5/86.

Weather Information Specialist, Weather Services International (WSI), Boston, MA, 9/82 - 6/83.

Weather Forecaster, The Weather Center, Ithaca, New York, 1/82 - 8/82.


NOAA Employee/Team Member of the Month (2020). For conception and implementation of the "Funtastic Science Talks" informal, educational online program.

Awarded the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 2018 Sverdrup Gold Medal

Elected a fellow to the Americam Meteorological Society (AMS) 2018

Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (2017). "For successful completion in NOAA of the first Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of fish and invertebrates."

NOAA/Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Outstanding Scientific Paper Award 2011. For:
Forecasting the dynamics of a coastal fishery species using a coupled climate population model,
by Hare, J., M. Alexander, M. Fogarty, E. Williams, J. Scott. Ecological Applications,20(2), 452-464.


Editor for the State of the Climate, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS; 12/20 - )

Member of the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM) Advisory Board (9/20 - )

Chair Oceanography Awards Committee (2020-2021; member 2019-)

Member of the NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA Scientific Steering Committee (2015 - )

Editor, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS; 8/13 - 12/20)

A Lead Author of the Oceans Chapter in the National Climate Assessemnt Report on Climate Change Impacts in the United States (5/14)

Research Affiliate:
The Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University (9/16-8/19)
The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC), University of Colorado at Boulder (12/11-)

Editor, Journal of Climate (8/08-3/12)

Co-Chair of the US CLIVAR Phenomena, Observations and Synthesis (POS) Panel (3/07-12/09) (panel member starting in 8/05)

Co-Chair of the Member of the US CLIVAR Western Boundary Current Working Group (1/07-12/09)

Associate Editor, Journal of Climate (2/06-7/08)

Member of the NCAR, Climate and Global Change Division, Scientific Steering Committee (6/05-)

Member of the GLOBEC scientific steering committee (3/04-10/11)

Chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Air-Sea Interaction Committee (4/03-2/06)

Co-chair Climate Variability Working Group for NCAR's Community Climate System Model (4/01-8/05)

Chairman, Secretary and Co-founder of the Madison chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), 3/87 - 9/88.

President of the Cornell chapter of the AMS, 9/81 - 6/82.

Member of the American Meteorological Society.

Member of the American Geophysical Union



Michael A. Alexander