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Robert Jackson

Assistant Atmospheric Scientist



  • B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015


  • Programming Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008-2009
  • Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009-2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wyoming, 2015-2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory, 2016-2019
  • Assistant Atmospheric Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, 2019-present

Argonne Work

Bobby’s work at Argonne national laboratory continues to explore dynamical and microphysical processes in convective clouds with a particular focus on deep convection in Darwin, Australia. In addition, he is a lead software developer on three different software packages for examining radar and lidar observations: PyDDA (http://​open​radar​science​.org/​PyDDA), HighIQ (http://​open​radar​science​.org/​H​ighIQ), and EMC2 (https://​github​.com/​c​o​l​u​m​n​c​o​l​a​b​/EMC2). Bobby is also interested in the applications of machine learning to atmospheric sciences. He currently is working on an algorithm to identify cloud cover types in ARM Doppler Lidar data for the ARMing the Edge experiment.

Selected Publications

Jackson, R., Collis, S., Louf, V., Protat, A., Wang, D., Giangrande, S., Thompson, E. J., Dolan, B., and Powell, S. W., 2021: The development of rainfall retrievals from radar at Darwin, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 53–69, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​m​t​-​1​4​-​5​3​-2021

Jackson, R., S. Collis, T. Lang, C. Potvin, and T. Munson, 2020: PyDDA: A Pythonic Direct Data Assimilation Framework for Wind Retrievals. Journal of Open Research Software, 8, 20, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​3​3​4​/​j​o​r​s.264

Jackson, R. C., S.M. Collis, V. Louf, A. Protat, and L. Majewski, L, 2018a: A 17 year climatology of the macrophysical properties of convection in Darwin, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 17687–17704, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​c​p​-​1​8​-​1​7​6​8​7​-2018.

Jackson, R., J. R. French, D. C. Leon, D. Plummer, S. Lasher-Trapp, A. M. Blyth, and A. Korolev, 2018b: Observations of the microphysical evolution of convective clouds in the southwest of the United Kingdom, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15329–15344, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​5​1​9​4​/​a​c​p​-​1​8​-​1​5​3​2​9​-2018.

Jackson, R.C., G.M. McFarquhar, A. Fridlind, and R. Atlas, 2015: The dependence of cirrus gamma size distributions expressed as volumes in N0-λ-μ phase space and bulk cloud properties on environmental conditions: Results from Small Ice Particles in Cirrus Experiment (SPARTICUS). J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 10351-10377, https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​0​2​/​2​0​1​5​J​D​0​23492.