Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Annareli Morales
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Annareli Morales

Ph.D. Candidate

Office: NCAR - MMM
Phone: 303-497-1614
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M.S. - University of Michigan (Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences) - 2016

M.S. - Colorado State University (Atmospheric Science) - 2014

B.S. - University of Illinois (Atmospheric Science & Geology) - 2012



Exploring the quantitative sensitivity of orographic precipitation to changes in microphysical, environmental, and mountain slope parameters for moist nearly neutral flow within an idealized model framework. 

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Cloud and precipitation processes
  • Mesoscale meteorology
  • Microphysical parameterizations
  • Mountain meteorology 

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

2018-2019 - Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship - University of Michigan

2018 - Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement - University of Michigan 

2017-2018 - Rackham Merit Fellowship - University of Michigan

2016 - Warner Internship for Scientific Enrichment (WISE) - National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

2016 - NCAR Graduate Student Visitor Program (GVP) - Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory

2015-2016 - Rackham Merit Fellowship - University of Michigan

2015 - 2nd place Poster Presentation - AMS 16th Conference on Mesoscale Processes

2012-2014 - SOARS Graduate Fellowship

2012 - High Distinction in Atmospheric Science - University of Illinois

2012 - Yoshi Ogura Undergraduate Research Award - University of Illinois


Professional Service

Student Member, Mountain Meteorology Committee - American Meteorological Society

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Organization (GUStO) representative and coordinator - UMich

Climate and Space Sciences Session Co-Chair - Engineering Graduate Symposium at University of Michigan

Pre-College Internship Program (PRECIP) Research Mentor 

Membership Chair, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Graduate Chapter (SHPE-Grad) - University of Michigan

Session Chair and Committee Member - AMS Student Conference Planning Committee 

Outreach Subcommittee, College of Engineering Department Visit Committee - University of Michigan


Morales, A., H. Morrison, and D. J. Posselt, 2018: Orographic precipitation response to microphysical parameter perturbations for idealized moist nearly neutral flowJ. Atmos. Sci., in press, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-17-0389.1.

Morales, A., R. S. Schumacher, and S. M. Kreidenweis, 2015: Mesoscale vortex development during extreme precipitation: Colorado, September 2015. Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 4943-4962. doi:10.1175/MWR-D-15-0086.1.

Morales, A., 2015: Cyclonic circulation development during extreme precipitation. Down to Earth, Physics today. Published Online April 21, 2015. 

Morrison, H., A. Morales, and C. Villanueva-Birriel, 2015: Concurrent sensitivities of an idealized deep convective storm to parameterization of microphysics, horizontal grid resolution, and environmental static stability. Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 2082-2104. doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-14-00271. 

Updated: 2018-04-06