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Fan Yang

Goldhaber Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Yang got his PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences Program at Michigan Technological University. During that time, he conducted research on several topics, including mixed-phase stratiform clouds, laboratory work on ice nucleation, entrainment in warm clouds, and aerosol-cloud interactions in a turbulence chamber. After that, he joined the Cloud Processes Group at BNL as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests include ice nucleation, precipitation processes, aerosol-cloud interactions, and cloud modeling.


  • Michigan Technological University, Department of Physics, PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, 2017
  • Peking University, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, School of Physics, Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, 2012
  • Peking University, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, School of Physics, Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, 2009

Areas of Interest

  • Cloud Physics
  • Ice Nucleation
  • Aerosol Cloud Interaction
  • Remote Sensing
  • Cloud Modeling

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • 2020 March, SPOTLIGHT Award for exceptional service, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • 2019 April, Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2018 July, First Prize for Group Research during the Second ARM Summer Training Event
  • 2016 Fall, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Michigan Technological University
  • 2014, 2016, Graduate Student Government Presenting Travel Grant, Michigan Technological University


  • 2019.4-present, Goldhaber Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department,- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY
  • 2017.5-2019.3, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY
  • 2016.2-2016.4, Visiting Student, Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richard, WA
  • 2012.9-2017.4, Graduate Research Assistant, Atmospheric Sciences Program, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, M

External Service

  • Journal Reviewer for Atmosphere, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Atmospheric Research, Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, Journal of Meteorological Research, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Remote Sensing
  • Grant Reviewer for DOE Research proposals

Selected Publications

Yang, F., Cantrell, W., Kostinski, A.B., Shaw, R.A., & Vogelmann, A.M. (2020). Is contact nucleation caused by pressure perturbation? Atmosphere, 11(1), 1-16,

Yang, F., McGraw, R., Luke, E.P., Zhang, D., Kollias, P., & Vogelmann, A.M. (2019). A new approach to estimate supersaturation fluctuations in stratocumulus cloud using ground-based remote sensing measurements, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 12(11), 5817-5828,

Chandrakar, K., Saito, I., Yang, F., Cantrell, W., Gotoh, T., & Shaw, R.A. (2019). Droplet size distributions in turbulent clouds: experimental evaluation of theoretical distributions, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 146(726), 483-504,

Zhang, D., Vogelmann, A.M., Kollias, P., Luke, E.P., Yang, F., Lubin, D., & Wang, Z. (2019). Comparison of Antarctic and Arctic Single-layer Stratiform Mixed-phase Cloud Properties Using Ground-based Remote Sensing Measurements, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere, 124(17-18), 10186-10204,

Thomas, S., Ovchinnikov, M., Yang, F., Voort, D., Cantrell, W., Krueger, S., & Shaw, R.A. (2019). Scaling of an Atmospheric Model to Simulate Turbulence and Cloud Microphysics in the Pi Chamber, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11(7), 1981-1994,

Borque, P., Luke, E.P., Kollias, P., & Yang, F. (2018). Relationship Between Turbulence and Drizzle in Continental and Marine Low Stratiform Clouds, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 75(12), 4139-4148,

Yang, F., Luke, E.P., Kollias, P., Kostinski, A.B., & Vogelmann, A.M. (2018). Scaling of drizzle virga depth with cloud thickness for marine stratocumulus clouds, Geophysical Research Letters, 45(8), 3746-3753,

Yang, F., Kollias, P., Shaw, R.A., & Vogelmann, A.M. (2018). Cloud droplet size distribution broadening during diffusional growth: ripening amplified by deactivation and reactivation, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(10), 7313-7328,

Yang, F., Cruikshank, O., He, W., Kostinski, A.B., & Shaw, R.A. (2018). Nonthermal ice nucleation observed at distorted contact lines of supercooled water drops, Physical Review E, 97(2), 023103,

Chandrakar, K.K., Cantrell, W., Chang, K., Ciochetto, D., Niedermeier, D., Ovchinnikov, M., Shaw, R.A., & Yang, F. (2016). Aerosol indirect effect from turbulence-induced broadening of cloud droplet size distributions, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 113(50), 14243-14248,

Yang, F., Shaw, R.A., & Xue, H. (2016). Conditions for super-adiabatic droplet growth after entrainment mixing, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16(14), 9421-9433, doi: 10.5194/acp-16-9421-2016.

Yang, F., Ovchinnikov, M., & Shaw, R.A. (2015). Long-lifetime ice particles in mixed-phase clouds: quasi-steady and recycled growth, Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheres, 120(22), 11617-11635,

Yang, F., Shaw, R.A., Gurganus, C., Chong, S.K., & Yap, Y.K. (2015). Ice nucleation at the contact line triggered by transient electrowetting fields, Applied Physics Letters, 107(26), 264101,

Yang, F., Ovchinnikov, M., & Shaw, R.A. (2014). Microphysical consequences of the spatial distribution of ice nucleation in mixed-phase stratiform clouds, Geophysical Research Letters, 41(14), 5280-5287,

Li, Z., Xue, H., & Yang, F. (2013). A modeling study of ice formation affected by aerosols, Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheres, 118(19), 11213-11227,

Yang, F., Ovchinnikov, M., & Shaw, R.A. (2013). Minimalist model of Ice microphysics in mixed-phase stratiform clouds, Geophysical Research Letters, 40(14), 3756-3760,

Yang, F., Xue, H., Deng, Z., Zhao, C., & Zhang, Q. (2012). A closure study of cloud condensation nuclei in the North China Plain using droplet kinetic condensational growth model, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12(12), 5399-5411,