Katelynn Greer

Boulder, Colorado

(970) 310-4628



Ph.D.               Aerospace Engineering Sciences, December 2013

University of Colorado at Boulder

Dissertation     “Wave Driven Disturbances of the Thermal Structure in the

Polar Winter Upper Stratosphere and Lower Mesosphere”

EMP                Engineering Management Certificate, May 2013

Engineering Management Program, University of Colorado at Boulder

M.S.                 Aerospace Engineering Sciences, May 2009

University of Colorado at Boulder

Thesis              “Baroclinic Conditions and Anomalous Temperature Excursions

in the Arctic Winter Middle Atmosphere”

B.S. Aerospace Engineering Sciences, May 2007

University of Colorado at Boulder

Sr Design Proj.SWIFT:  Supersonic Wind Imaging Flow Tunnel” Electronics & Sensors Lead



Research Associate II, Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics, University of Colorado

  • Conduct original research concerning the coupling of the ionosphere and neutral atmosphere, the impact of waves and tides and instabilities using remote sensing technologies
  • Develop and support new small-sat missions in both engineering and science capacities
  • Support NASA’s GOLD mission science objectives
  • Mentor and advise early career scientists and students, including guest lecturing

March 2017 – Current


Assistant Research Physicist, Space Science Laboratory, University of California- Berkeley with Dr. Thomas Immel and Dr. Scott England

  • Conducted original research in ionospheric and magnetospheric physics with an emphasis towards the role of ionosphere-magnetosphere interactions during periods of geomagnetic storms using numerical models and comparing these to ground- and space-based observations
  • Wrote scripts to process data for the upcoming NASA ICON mission (launch expected June 2017)
  • Drafted original research articles to submit to critical peer-reviewed journals
  • Wrote research grants with other members of the Atmospheric Emissions group
  • Presented and shared research in the field of aeronomy and the wider public
  • Mentored young and developing students in the discipline of science and technology

June 2014 – February 2017


Research Associate, Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics, University of Colorado with Professor Cora E. Randall

  • Collaborated on a two papers  detailing the dynamics of polar winter middle atmospheric disturbances using the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) output data and their relationships with minor/major Sudden Stratospheric Warmings (SSWs)

January 2014 – April 2014


Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado with Professor Jeffrey Thayer

  • Organized and directed personal research in geophysical fluid dynamics with limited supervision
  • Collaborated on a series of papers coupling of the lower and middle atmosphere using observational, assimilated and model data
  • Wrote critical peer review of papers considered for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Operated and maintained SRI’s Kangerlussuaq Greenland remote sensing LIDAR system, producing 110 nights of observations Summer 2008

Supported by NSF-CEDAR Grant (AGS-0940174) 2010-2013 & CU Aerospace Grant 2007-2009

May 2007 – December 2013


Optical Remote Sensing Specialist, Vaisala Inc., Supervisor Charles Quire

  • Critically evaluated potential lidar technologies and products by coding models in MatLAB
  • Collaborated with outside contractor to assess technology readiness
  • Determined that the price point of proposed lidar system was not suitable for current market
  • Products and Technology (PTE) Division

June 2009 – December 2009


Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado with Professor Jeffrey Thayer

  • Designed and constructed a test-bed LIDAR system
  • Developed LIDAR data inversion code in MatLAB

Supported by Undergraduate Research Experience Grant

June 2005- April 2007



(13) England, S., K.R. Greer, S.-R. Zhang, J. Evans, S. Solomon, R. Eastes, W. McClintock, and A. Burns (2021), First comparison of travelling atmospheric disturbances observed in the middle thermosphere by GOLD to travelling ionospheric disturbances seen in ground-based total electron content observations, Journal of Geophysical Research- Space Physics, 2021JA029248.

(12) Datta-Barua, S., N. Pedatella, K. Greer, N. Wang, L. Nutter, V. L. Harvey (2021), Lower Mesospheric material transport via Lagrangian coherent structures, Journal of Geophysical Research- Space Physics, doi:10.1029/2020JA028834.

(11) Greer, K. R., R. Eastes, S. Solomon, W. McClintock, D. Rusch, and A. Burns (2020), Variations of lower thermospheric FUV emissions based on GOLD observations and GLOW modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research- Space Sciences, 2020JA027810.

(10) Greer, K. R., R. Eastes, and W. McClintock (2020), Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD): Far-UV Imaging Spectrograph Background at Geostationary Orbit, 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, pp. 1-6, doi:10.1109/AERO47225.2020.9172274.

(9) Goncharenko, L., V. L. Harvey, K. R. Greer, S.-R. Zhang, and A. J Coster (2020), Longitudinally-Dependent Low-Latitude Ionospheric Disturbances Linked to the Antarctic Sudden Stratospheric Warming of September 2019, Journal of Geophysical Research- Space Physics, 10.1029/2020JA028199.

(8) Eastes, R. et al., Initial Observations by the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission (2020), Journal of Geophysical Research – Space Physics,  10.1029/2020JA027823

(7) England, S. L., Greer, K. R., Solomon, S. C., Eastes, R. W., McClintock, W. E., & Burns, A. G. (2020). Observation of thermospheric gravity waves in the Southern Hemisphere with GOLD. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 125, e2019JA027405.

(6) Pilinski, M., S. Bougher, K. R. Greer, E. Thiemann, L. Andersson, M. Benna and M. Elrod (2018), First Evidence of Persistent Night-Time Temperature Structures in the Neutral Thermosphere of Mars, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2018GL078761.

(5) Greer, K. R., S. E. England, E. Becker, D. Rusch and R. Eastes (2018), Modeled Gravity Wave-like Perturbations in the Brightness of Far Ultraviolet Emissions for the GOLD Mission, Journal of Geophysical Research- Space Physics, doi:10.1002/2018JA025501.

(4) Greer, K. R., T. Immel, and A. Ridley (2017), On the variation in the ionospheric response to geomagnetic storms with time of onset, Journal of Geophysical Research- Space Physics, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JA023457.

(3) Greer, K. R., J. P. Thayer, V. L. Harvey, and E. D. Peck (2015), Modeling and mechanisms of polar winter upper stratosphere/lower mesosphere disturbances in WACCM, Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JD023471.

(2) Greer, K. R., J. P. Thayer, and V. L. Harvey (2013), A climatology of polar winter stratopause warmings and associated planetary wave breaking, Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres, 118, 4168–4180, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50289.

(1) Thayer, J. P., K. Greer, and V. L. Harvey (2010), Front‐like behavior in the Arctic wintertime upper stratosphere and lower mesosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres, 115, D00N04, doi:10.1029/2010JD014278.



  • Remote sensing observations of the ionosphere and upper atmosphere
  • Modeling of the atmosphere-geospace environment
  • Interpretation of data techniques including climate statistics, 3-D localized E-P flux, and k-means clustering
  • Coupling of the atmospheric regions and neutral atmosphere to ionosphere
  • Geophysical fluid mechanics including waves and instabilities
  • Using python computing language to advance geospace research



NASA Early Career Public Achievement Award, October 2020

PI Launchpad Workshop, 2019

Aerospace Engineering Department Graduate Community Service Award, 2013

CEDAR Student Poster Competition, Finalist 2010

CEDAR Student Poster Competition, Honorable Mention 2009

Women In Engineering and Lockheed Martin, Scholarship 2003-2005



Various Guest Lectures, University of Colorado-Boulder, Aerospace Department

Elementary Algebra Instructor, San Quentin Prison University Project (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016)

ASPIRE Summer Undergraduate Intern Mentor: Lauren Polo (Summer 2015)

Introduction to Applied Statistics, teaching assistant (spring & fall 2010), Dr. Jeffrey Luftig

Ethics in Engineering & Business, teaching assistant (spring 2011), Dr. Jeffrey Luftig

Introduction to Propulsion, grading assistant (fall 2009)

Aerospace Environments Research Group Meetings (fall & spring 2012-2013)

Private Tutor, Calculus I, II, & III

Python Tutoring, Graduate level, Fall 2020



American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society