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


Matthew Wozniak
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Matthew C Wozniak

Doctoral Candidate

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Office: 1546 SRB
Phone: 4122602263


B.S. Computational Physics, 2014, Slippery Rock University


Matthew develops and uses new components of terrestrial and earth system models, guided by observations, to gain an understanding of how biosphere-atmosphere interactions contribute to environmental change.

During his Ph.D. program at University of Michigan, much of his research focus has been the climatic relevance of pollen aerosol. Specifically, this includes 1) having developed an observation-based regional-to-global pollen emissions model and implementing it in a community regional climate model (Pollen Emissions for Climate Models; PECM); 2) having added a pollen rupture mechanism to the regional climate model and using it to estimate sub-pollen particles and their influence on cloud properties & precipitation; 3) currently using the coupled PECM-RCM with pollen rupture to project future pollen and sub-pollen particle distributions under scenarios of climate change.

Matthew's Ph.D. research has also focused on the effects of vegetation canopy structure on the variability of terrestrial carbon uptake, and what this means for the evolution of atmospheric carbon dioxide. He is using a multilayer canopy model to decide which factors - radiation, temperature, moisture or canopy characteristics such as vertical leaf distribution and leaf angle - affect variability in gross primary productivity.

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Biosphere-atmsophere exchange and interaction
  • Cloud physics and chemistry
  • Computer modeling of Earth systems (terrestrial biosphere, atmosphere, regional and global climate)
  • Carbon cycle and biogeochemistry
  • Biogeophysics

Matthew aspires to a career in research and academia in environmental or earth systems science, hoping to contribute solutions to the environmental problems of today's and tomorrow's society.

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

Nominee – Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research 2017

Honorable Mention - NSF-GRFP 2016

Michigan Institute for Computational Design and Engineering (MICDE) Graduate Fellowship 2014-15

Professional Service

Chelsea Elementary Science Night chemistry outreach event, University of Michigan CLaSP, Chelsea, MI, April 2017

Ann Arbor STEAM School 2nd grade meteorology outreach event, University of Michigan CLaSP, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2017

Xplore Engineering meteorology and rocket science outreach event, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, June 2016

Climate science outreach activity at Dixon Educational Learning Academy, Detroit, MI, April 2016

Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (EML) for middle school students of underrepresented backgrounds - tutor, School of Education/School of Social Work, University of Michigan, July 2015

Women in STEM physics program facilitator, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, March 2014

Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) for middle and high school students of underrepresented backgrounds - physics co-organizer, University of Oregon, July 2013

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Organization (GUStO) Flash Talks series organizer and convener, CLaSP, University of Michigan, 2015-2016


Wozniak, M. C., Solmon, F., & Steiner, A. L. (2018). Pollen rupture and its impact on precipitation in clean continental conditionsGeophysical Research Letters45

Wozniak, M. C. and Steiner, A. L.: A prognostic pollen emissions model for climate models (PECM1.0), Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 4105-4127,, 2017.

Hormel, T. T., Kurihara, S. Q., Brennan, M. K., Wozniak, M. C., & Parthasarathy, R. (2014). Measuring lipid membrane viscosity using rotational and translational probe diffusion. Physical review letters112(18), 188101.

Updated: 2018-12-08