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


Zachary Fair
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Zachary Fair

Ph.D. Candidate



M.S., Climate & Space Science and Engineering

University of Michigan (2018)


B.S., Meteorology

Minor, Physics

North Carolina State University (2015)


My research emphasizes satellite remote sensing and atmosphere-cryosphere interactions. Currently, I have a particular interest in the detection and monitoring of supraglacial features on the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets.

Personal Introduction

I am a second year Ph.D. student currently working under Dr. Mark Flanner. Before my graduate studies, I was a student at NC State University for meteorology. There, I focused on aerosols and photochemistry before transitioning to remote sensing and modern physics.

I have performed additional work at NASA Langley Research Center as an intern for the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) and Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) missions.

In addition to conducting research, I am interested in teaching, and I plan to receive a teaching certificate with my doctoral degree.

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Atmosphere-cryosphere interactions
  • Radiative transfer and albedo evolution
  • Boundary layer meteorology
  • Climate modeling
  • Planetary atmospheres

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow, 2017
  • NCSU Dean's List, 2013-2015
  • Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association Scholarship, 2015-2016

Professional Service

  • Co-President of CLaSP Graduate and Undergraduate Student Organization (GUStO)
  • Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member of American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Updated: 2019-01-07