Karin Ardon-Dryer

Karin Ardon-Dryer
Ph.D 2012 Department of Geophysics, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and the Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University, (Thesis in Clouds Physics – measurement of Ice Nuclei).
M.A 2006 Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University, (Thesis in Geomorphology and Remote Sensing – Nebkhas dynamics).
B.A 2003 Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University, (Environmental studies- summa cum laude).
Bio and Interests

I was always fascinated by nature: looking at mountains, rivers and clouds. This is what led me to study in the department of geography and environmental development because I wanted to know why things look the way they do. On my second degree I studied the dynamics of Nebkas these are mini dunes on top of sand dune using geomorphology and remote sensing as part of in the Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF) at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

After studying the earth I have decided to move up to the skies and study cloud physics at Tel Aviv University. In my PhD, I worked on Ice nuclei (IN) particles, these are the particles that create ice in the clouds which turn into precipitation (snow, rain grauple and hail). Using the FRIDGE-TAU with collaboration with Frankfurt university, we sampled aerosol for different meteorological conditions (clean, dust storm, biomass burning event, such as Lag Ba Omer event) in order to understand how many of them will be IN in condensation, deposition and immersion freezing modes (three out of the four nucleation way to create ice crystal in the cloud).

Here at MIT, I'm conducting my postdoc in Prof Dan Cziczo group. In my postdoc, I will study the efficiency of different aerosols which can serve as ice nuclei in contact freezing mode, another way to create ice in clouds which is considered to be the most effective one. In order to execute this, we will build a new contact freezing chamber that will allow us to make experiments in the laboratory and also in the field.

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