Elisabeth Moyer



Associate Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise:

  • Measurement and study of atmospheric water vapor
  • Human dimensions of climate change
  • Isotope geochemistry, optical spectroscopy and spectroscopic instrumentation

Moyer researches the processes that control the distribution of water vapor and formation of cirrus clouds in the upper troposphere and stratosphere, which provides important insights on climate change and ozone destruction.

In November 2010, Moyer was selected for one of eight awards from the Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry, which will support her work on ice nucleation and cloud microphysics using a novel spectrometer and the AIDA cloud simulation chamber (Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Moyer received her PhD in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2007 she was a member of the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University, first as a NOAA Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Change Science and subsequently as a research associate. She has participated in atmospheric science field campaigns on NASA's high-altitude research aircraft since 1997. Moyer is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Chemical Society.

Research Projects

Climate VariabilityClimate Emulation | Transient Climate Studies | Soil Moisture | Social Cost of Carbon

Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Jim FrankeKevin Schwarzwald

Former Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

David McInerney | Bill Leeds | Mark Woolley | FeiFei Crouch | Rachel Atlas | Anne Laski | Sean Johnson | Aman Chitkara | David Plotkin | Peter Hansen | Grant Wilder | Shanshan Sun | Won Chang | Michael GlotterJeremy Klavans | Hsin-Yi Chen | Mark He | Aidan Sadowski