Dr Gillian Young McCusker

Dr Gillian Young McCusker


I joined the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in March 2019 as a Research Fellow on the Microbiology-Ocean-Cloud Coupling in the High Arctic (MOCCHA) project, modelling central Arctic clouds with the Met Office Unified Model and Met Office NERC Cloud model. Prior to Leeds, I worked as a cloud physicist at the British Antarctic Survey on the Microphysics of Antarctic Clouds (MAC) campaign, modelling Antarctic cloud physics with the Weather Research and Forecasting model. I completed my PhD in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Manchester in 2016, as part of the Aerosol-Cloud-Coupling And Climate Interactions in the Arctic (ACCACIA) campaign, using both measurements and a large eddy simulation model to further our understanding of Arctic cloud physics and aerosol-cloud interactions. In 2021, I was awarded a NERC Independent Research Fellowship on the Tackling the Arctic Cloud Problem project.

In July 2022, I moved into the private sector to work as a Climate Scientist for Cervest. I maintain a Visiting Researcher status with ICAS to facilitate research links and enable postgraduate student supervision.

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  • PhD Atmospheric Physics, University of Manchester (2016)
  • MSci Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow (2013)

Research groups and institutes

  • Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
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