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Jennifer Fowler

Jennifer Fowler

Education Specialist

Phone: 406-396-8085
Email: jennifer.fowler@umontana.edu
Office: CHCB 022

Research Interests

  • Nowcasting using large datasets
  • Balloon-borne atmospheric measurements

Projects

Project director, UM BOREALIS program funded through the Montana Space Grant Consortium to begin and maintain a high-altitude ballooning program that provides a reusable and affordable test bed to study earth and space science. 

Field of Study

Physics

Current Position

I am currently the Education Specialist with the Montana Space Grant Consortium (http://spacegrant.montana.edu/) as well as staff member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UM. 

Courses

Past Courses:

PHSX 216 - 218: Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus Laboratory

PHSX 322: Electronics for Scientists 

PHSX 444: Advanced Physics Laboratory

Education

Bachelors of Arts

Rutgers University - Douglass College

Specialized Skills

  • Data Aquisition with National Instruments LabVIEW program.
  • Field research experience (2003-present) with a wide variety of commercial atmospheric instrumentation. Participated in multiple balloon launches, both tethered and high altitude, to evaluate new airborne payloads for high altitude, tether, and UAV systems. Field work outside Montana includes the Colombian Amazon.

Teaching Experience

2000 - 2012:

PHSX 216 - 218: Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus Laboratory

PHSX 322: Electronics for Scientists 

PHSX 444: Advanced Physics Laboratory

Professional Experience

  • Educational and Technical Consultant, SpectrUM Science Museum, 2008-present
  • Project director, UM BOREALIS program funded through the Montana Space Grant Consortium to begin and maintain a high-altitude ballooning program that provides a reusable and affordable test bed to study earth and space science. (2004 - 2014)
  • Laboratory Coordinator, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Montana, 3/98-5/2013
  • Technical Consultant, MDA-SBIR, quantifying and forecasting atmospheric optical turbulence. 1/2013 – 7/2013
  • Mentor NSF-EPSCoR award recipient for Undergraduate Research Internship in the Sciences, 2011
  • Technical Supervisor, Watkin’s Scholarship Recipient, 2008-2009
  • Technical Consultant, ARSC-COMET Grant: evaluated the usefulness of low-cost sounding technology for use of WRF model verification and assimilation. 2008
  • Program Manager, Anasphere, Inc., 10/05-12/31/06.

International Experience

  • External Supervisor, MPhil degree candidate Thomas Lafon, Oxford Brookes University, 2012-2013

Publications

  • Downscaling tropospheric observations of the Amazon basin using Artificial Neural Networks: Thomas Lafon, Jennifer Fowler, Chris Cox, Rob Beale and and Nigel Crook, IN PREP
  • Lafon T, Fowler J, Jiménez JF, Tamayo Cordoba GJ. 2014. Viable alternative for conducting cost-effective daily atmospheric soundings in developing countries. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. (http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00125.1)