Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

PhD, Oceanography (Climate Science), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA.  
        “Observational estimates of planetary albedo changes due to anthropogenic effects,” 2014
        Advisor: V. Ramanathan 

MS, Oceanography, 2009, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

BS, Physics with Specialization in Astrophysics (cum laude), 2008, UC San Diego
BA, Literatures in Spanish, Honors with High Distinction (cum laude), 2008, UC San Diego


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
  • Research Scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, NASA Ames Research Center (October 2017-present).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Postdoc Program (USRA), NASA Ames Research Center (October 2015-October 2017).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate/Polar Research Board, National Academy of Sciences (April-October 2015).
  • Fulbright Grantee, Departamento de Geofísica, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile (March 2014-December 2014).
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Ramanathan Group, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD (June 2009-February 2014).
  • Undergraduate Researcher (NSF REU), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD (July 2007-Sept 2008).
  • Undergraduate Researcher (NSF REU), UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy (June 2006-September 2006).

FIRST-AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCES
  • Poster: American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, December 2017: K. Pistone et al, “Exploring the elevated water vapor signal associated with biomass burning aerosol over the southeast Atlantic Ocean.”
  • Talk: 1st International Workshop on Advancement of Polarimetric Observations (APOLO-2017), October 2017: K. Pistone et al., “Intercomparison of biomass burning aerosol properties from in-situ and remote-sensing instruments in ORACLES-2016.”
  • Workshop: Science Communication Workshop, August 2017: 3-day workshop on written and oral science communication skills from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and CU Boulder, organized by US Association of Polar Early Career Scientists.
  • Poster: Gordon Research Conference on Radiation and Climate, July 2017: K. Pistone et al., “Exploring the elevated water vapor signal associated with biomass burning aerosol over the southeast Atlantic Ocean.”
  • Talk: Gordon Research Seminar on Radiation and Climate, July 2017: K. Pistone, I. Eisenman, and V. Ramanathan, “Radiative impacts of further Arctic sea ice melt: using past observations to inform future climate impacts.”
  • Poster: European Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, April 2017: K. Pistone  et al., “Observed correlations between aerosol and cloud properties in an Indian Ocean trade cumulus regime.”
  • Poster: American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, December 2016: K. Pistone, M. Segal-Rosenhaimer, and J. Redemann, “In-situ and remote-sensing observations of springtime clouds and aerosol loading over northern Alaska.”
  • Workshop: WWRP/WCRP/Bolin Centre Polar Prediction School, Abisko Field Station, Sweden, April 2016: lectures and practica on a range of aspects of the Arctic system.
  • Poster: European Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, April 2015: K. Pistone and L. Gallardo, “Evolution of aerosol loading in Santiago de Chile between 1997 and 2014.”
  • Talk: IGAC/ICACGP Conference 2014, September 2014: K. Pistone et al, “The effect of atmospheric properties and processes on aerosol indirect effects in a trade cumulus regime.”
  • Talk: Centro de Ciencia del Clima y la Resiliencia (CR)2, July 2014: K. Pistone, “Characterization of the evolving climate forcing due to absorbing aerosols over Santiago.”
  • Talk: Centro de Ciencia del Clima y la Resiliencia (CR)2, May 2014: K. Pistone, I. Eisenman, V. Ramanathan, “Observational determination of albedo decrease caused by vanishing Arctic sea ice/Observaciones de la reducción en albedo a causa de la perdida de hielo en el Océano Ártico.”
  • Talk: Graduate Climate Conference, November 2013: K. Pistone et al, “The effect of atmospheric properties and processes on aerosol indirect effects in a trade cumulus regime.”
  • Talk: CERES Science Team Meeting, October 2013: K. Pistone, I. Eisenman, V. Ramanathan, “Albedo decrease caused by vanishing Arctic sea ice: Observational determination using CERES.”
  • Poster: Gordon Research Conference on Radiation and Climate, July 2013: K. Pistone et al, "The effect of atmospheric properties and processes on aerosol indirect effects in a trade cumulus regime"
  • Talk: Gordon Research Seminar on Radiation and Climate, July 2013: K. Pistone et al, "The effect of atmospheric properties and processes on aerosol indirect effects in a trade cumulus regime"
  • Co-convener: AGU fall meeting, December 2012: “Where is the aerosol indirect effect?”
  • Poster: AGU fall meeting, December 2012: K. Pistone et al, “The role of climatological variability on aerosol indirect effects in a trade cumulus regime”
  • Talk: AGU fall meeting, December 2012: P.S. Praveen et al, “Aerosol radiative heating over tropical Indian Ocean during the Cloud Aerosol Radiative Forcing Dynamics Experiment (CARDEX)” (presenter)
  • Talk: IMSPO, Sept 2012: K. Pistone et al, “The role of climatological variability on aerosol indirect effects in a trade cumulus regime”
  • Poster: AGU fall meeting, Dec 2011: K. Pistone and V. Ramanathan, “Observationally-inferred albedo and energy balance effects due to Arctic sea ice retreat”
  • Talk: CERES Science Team meeting, April 2011: “Radiative effects of Arctic sea ice retreat as inferred from CERES”

PUBLICATIONS
  • E.M. Wilcox, R.M. Thomas, P.S. Praveen, K. Pistone, F. Bender, and V. Ramanathan (2016). "Black carbon solar absorption suppresses turbulence in the atmospheric boundary layer," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(42):11794-11799, doi:10.1073/pnas.1525746113.
  • K. Pistone, P.S. Praveen, R.M. Thomas, V. Ramanathan, E.M. Wilcox, F. A.-M. Bender (2016), “Observed correlations between aerosol and cloud properties in an Indian Ocean trade cumulus regime,” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 5203-5227, doi:10.5194/acp-16-5203-2016.
  • K. Pistone, I. Eisenman, and V. Ramanathan (2014), “Observational determination of albedo decrease caused by vanishing Arctic sea ice,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(9):3322-3326, doi:10.1073/pnas.1318201111
  • D. Clare, K. Pistone, and V. Ramanathan. (2010), “Getting Rid of Black Carbon- A Neglected but Effective Near-Term Climate Mitigation Avenue,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Summer/Fall 2010, pp. 99-106.

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship, NASA Ames Research Center (administered by USRA), proposal “In situ and remotely-sensed radiative effects of absorbing aerosol on Arctic clouds.” October 2015-October 2017.
  • Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. January-April 2015.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantee, Chile (Environmental Sciences), March-November 2014.
  • National Science Foundation GK12 (Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education) Fellow, June 2012-July 2013.
  • Director's Fellowship, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Sept 2008 – June 2009.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma of California New Initiate Scholarship Award, June 2008.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Sigma of California (UCSD), initiated 2007.

OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Skype a Scientist, (May 2017-present): virtual interaction with K-12 science students regarding atmospheric/climate science/scientific careers.
  • National Week at the Labs: Subject Matter Expert shadow, NASA Ames, (March 2017): “shadowed” by three community college students from underrepresented populations to have them experience work at NASA and discuss science as a career path.
  • Scientist in the Classroom, San Francisco Bay Area, (January 2016-present): 2-3 classroom visits per semester to middle school classrooms with career talk and interactive classroom activity, paired by the National Center for Science Education.
  • DC Science Hack Day, Wilson Center, May 2015: “science expert” for schoolkids through general public working on a weekend-long “hackathon” (programming/inventing session).
  • American Academy of Science and Technology, US Embassy to Chile and Universidad de Talca in Santa Cruz (November 2014): “Calidad del aire y cambio climático en Chile y el mundo (Air quality and climate change in Chile and the world),” talk for a general audience (in Spanish).
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby University (CCL-U) Webinar (November 2014): “Black Carbon: The other warmer.  Impacts and solutions,” introductory talk for a general audience.
  • Palomar College Upward Bound Summer Program, SIO, (July 2013): program for first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged high school students, “The electromagnetic spectrum, heating, and atmospheric scattering” inquiry-based lecture.
  • Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) (March 2013): 6th-10th grade girls, “Atmospheric science and the carbon cycle” interactive station-based activity.
  • Volunteer, Birch Aquarium at Scripps (2010-2012): Exhibits Interpreter, Aquarium Explorations teacher (general public).
  • Public talk (October 2012): “Climate Change: How human activities are affecting the planet,” to Social Service League of La Jolla.
  • Public talk (September 2012): Citizens Climate Lobby monthly educational conference call.
  • Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) workshop (Oct 2011): communicating to undergraduate non-science majors.
  • Better Education for Women in Science & Engineering (BEWiSE) overnight workshop, Birch Aquarium, (April 2011): 7th-8th grade girls, “Clouds and Climate: the effects of gases and aerosols” interactive station-based activity.
  • National Ocean Sciences Bowl, Grunion Bowl science judge (March 2011): high school competition.
  • Communicating Science to Informal Audiences (CoSIA) (Fall 2009): “The Earth's Atmosphere,” general public interactive activity.
TEACHING
  • Guest lecturer, Universidad de Chile, Departamento de Geofísica: Contaminación Atmosférica (GF3022: Austral Fall 2014), in Spanish.
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow (GK12), Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts (Sept 2012-June 2013): AP Physics, Advanced Physics, Physics (Grades 9-12).  Lesson plan available online at:  http://earthref.org/SCC/lessons/2012/electromagneticradiation/.
  • Teaching Assistant, SIO, (April-June 2012): SIO 217C: Atmospheric and Climate Science III.
  • Tutor, Champs Educational America (June 2007-February 2009): math, Spanish, physics, standardized test prep, grades 5-11.
  • Laboratory Teaching Assistant/Grader, UCSD Physics Department (November 2006-June 2008): lower-division undergraduate physics labs.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS
  • Languages spoken: English (native), Spanish (fluent), Portuguese (intermediate), German (beginning-intermediate), Italian (beginning)
  • Experience with Matlab, Windows, Linux, LaTeX, C, C++