Leslie M. Hartten

CIRES Research Scientist II
at the
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Physical Sciences Division

Mailing Address: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
University of Colorado, 216 UCB, Boulder CO 80309-0216
E-Mail: Leslie.M.Hartten@noaa.gov Phone: (303) 497-7052


1993 Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison (Atmospheric Science)
1988 M.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison (Meteorology)
1984 B.S. with Highest Honors State University of New York - College at Oneonta (Meteorology)

Research Interests

Professional Experience

1997-present Research Scientist II
and Research Associate
CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder (at Physical Science Division of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, formerly part of NOAA’s Aeronomy Laboratory)
1993-1997 Research Associate CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder (at NOAA’s Aeronomy Laboratory)
1985-1992 Research Assistant,
Teaching Assistant
Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
1984 Visiting Summer Student Large-Scale Dynamics Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
1983 Forecaster Universal Weather and Aviation, White Plains, New York


2016 NOAA/Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) “EEO/Diversity Award for Exemplary Service”
2011 Premier recipient of the “Director's Diversity Award” from CIRES
2010 “Ten Years of Service” award from SOARS®
1984-1985 Fellowship, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
1982-1983 Scholarship, Oneonta Alumni Association
1981-1984 National Merit Scholar

Field Experience

2016 El Niño Rapid Response (ENRR) Field Campaign: Spent five weeks on Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kirbati collecting surface meteorological data and launching twice-daily radiosondes.
2000, 2007 Trans-Pacific Profiler Network (TPPN): In 2000, spent several days at our sites on Manus, Papua New Guinea and on Nauru, collecting and verifying site metadata and assisting with routine maintenance. In 2007, spent several days collecting and verifying site metadata and dismantling our equipment on San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.

Research Grants Awarded

2013 Principal Investigator
(Co-PI Cécile Penland, Co-I Christopher W. Fairall)
“Diagnosis of Multiscale Interactions Involving Air-Sea Fluxes during the MJO’s Initiation Phase”
(from NOAA's Climate Program Office, ESS; $351,400; 3 years)
2009, 2010, 2011 Co-Principal Investigator
(PI Joey Comeaux, Co-PI Neal Lott)
“Surface Data for San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands”
(from NOAA's Climate Data Modernization Program; no local funding -- all moneys directly allocated to pay costs of scanning, key entering, and quality controlling data)
2007 Principal Investigator
“Variability of Daily Cycles during the North American Monsoon: Observations, Analyses, and Simulations”
(from NOAA's Office of Global Programs, CPPA; $285,200; 3 years)
2004 Co-Principal Investigator
(PI Clark W. King, Co-PI Robert J. Zamora, Co-I’s Kenneth S. Gage and F. Martin Ralph)
“Boundary Layer, Flux, and Soil Moisture Studies for NAME, Including Deployment of a NOAA UHF Wind Profiler Array”
(from NOAA's Office of Global Programs, PACS-GAPP; $440,200; 3 years)
2003 Principal Investigator
(Co-PI’s Kenneth S. Gage and Paul E. Johnston)
“Continuing Observations and Analysis of Lower-Tropospheric Dynamics Over the Eastern Pacific”
(from NOAA's Office of Global Programs, PACS; $291,917; 3 years)
2002 Principal Investigator
(Co-PI’s Kenneth S. Gage and George N. Kiladis)
“Intraseasonal and Interannual Variability of Lower-Tropospheric Winds Over the Tropical Pacific”
(from NOAA's Office of Global Programs, CLIVAR-Pacific; $247,539; 3 years)
2000 Co-Investigator
(PI Kenneth S. Gage, Co-I George N. Kiladis)
“A Trans-Pacific Profiler Network for Climate Observations”
(from NOAA's Office of Global Programs, CLIVAR-Pacific; $640,000; 3 years)
1997 Co-Principal Investigator
(PI Kenneth S. Gage, Co-PI Nicholas A. Bond)
“Lower-Tropospheric Dynamics Over the Eastern Pacific”
(from NOAA's Office of Global Programs, PACS; $137,123; 3 years)

Invited Presentations

2015 Gave a 5-minute IGNITE-style talk, "What Mentoring Means to Me", at the PROGRESS Workshop
(October 2016 PROmoting Geoscience Research, Education, & SuccesS Workshop, Estes Park, Colorado)
2014 Gave a 30-minute Weather Briefing for interested attendees on the final morning of the Internet2 Global Summit Annual Meeting
(2014 Internet2 Global Summit, Denver, Colorado)
2011 Presented remarks on “Joanne Simpson and the Narratives of Women's Lives” as a panelist at the AMS's Women in Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon
(91st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Seattle, Washington)
2010 Presented “Encouraging Young Scientists in the American Meteorological Society” at the Roundtable of Representatives from Federal Agencies and Professional Societies
(“Framing Issues and Strategies: Where We Stand--Postdoctoral and Early Career Researchers”, held by The National Acadamies' Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM), Washington, D.C.)

Select Professional Service

2016-present Member, AMS History Committee
2009-present Regular presenter, ESRL/Global Systems Division’s “Daily Weather Briefing
2009 Past Chair, AMS Board on Women and Minorities
2007-present Co-Point-of-Contact, ESRL Integrating Theme: “Information Systems”
2007-2008 Chair, AMS Board on Women and Minorities
2007 Member, Organizing Committee, 2008 AMS Annual Meeting
2005-present Member, ESRL/Physical Science Division’s Workplace Advisory Committee
2005-2006 Member, Local Organizing Committee, 7th International Symposium on Troposperic Profiling: Needs and Technologies
2004-2005 Member, CIRES Career Track Guidelines Committee
2003-2009 Member, AMS Board on Women and Minorities
2000 Member, Max Eaton Award Selection Committee, AMS 24th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
1997-present Reviewed manuscripts for Atmosphere-Ocean, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, JGR-Atmospheres, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Journal of Climate, Monthly Weather Review, and Radio Science
1994-present Reviewed proposals for Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science, and NOAA Office of Global Programs

Select Outreach and Education Activities

2016 Wrote three short pieces for the El Niño Rapid Response blog :
  • “Not in the field, but behind the field”
  • “Delighted to be here”
  • “Both sides now”
  • 2014 Served as the Science Co-Mentor for two students in UCAR/NCAR's PRE-College Internship Program (PRECIP®) :
  • Paola S. Esteban Pérez (rising senior, Colegio San José, Cajicá, Columbia)
  • Valerie M. Rodríguez Castro (incoming freshman, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez)
  • 2013 Served as the Writing and Communications Mentor for a student in the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS®) program:
  • Adrianna Hackett (incoming grad student, University of Colorado - Boulder)
  • 2009 Mentor and research supervisor for a student enrolled in an LUC (Learning Unit Contract) at New Vista High School, Boulder, CO
    2001-2012, 2015-2016 Served as the Science Research Mentor each summer for a student in the SOARS® program:
  • Rosa M. Vargas-Martes (2016, rising senior, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez)
  • Rosa M. Vargas-Martes (2015, rising junior, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez)
  • Ma'Ko'Quah Jones (2012, rising junior, Dartmouth College)
  • Javier Lujan (2011, rising senior, University of Texas - El Paso)
  • Aaron Piña (2010, rising senior, Texas A&M University)
  • Vanessa Vincente (2009, rising junior, Valparaiso University)
  • Sandra Diaz (2008, rising junior, Texas A&M University)
  • McArthur Jones, Jr. (2007, rising junior, Millersville University)
  • Douglas J. Gavin (2006, rising senior, Jackson State University)
  • Luna M. Rodriguez-Manzanet (2005, rising senior, University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras)
  • Nancy I. Rivera Rivera (2004, incoming grad student, University of Texas - El Paso)
  • Melissa A. Burt (2003, rising junior, Millersville University)
  • D. Matthew Coleman (2002, rising senior, University of Virginia)
  • Ernesto Muñoz (2001, University of Puerto Rico)
  • 2001 Online “Weather Specialist”, Kids as Global Scientists program
    2000 Served as the Mentor for a student in the Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) internship program run by the Graduate School at the University of Colorado - Boulder:
  • Pauline A. Datulayta (rising sophomore, City University of New York - Queens College)
  • 1999-2000 Scientific mentor for a student enrolled in the Science Research Seminar class at New Vista High School, Boulder, CO
    1999 Provided experiment design and instrumentation suggestions for the Earthworks secondary-teacher training course run by CIRES, Balarat, CO
    1998-2002 Created displays for the Limon Heritage Museum, Limon, CO: “The Climate of the Eastern Plains” (1998), “El Niño, La Niña, and Limon” (1999-2000), “Climate Variations over Colorado’s Eastern Plains” (2001-2002)
    1997-1999, 2003-2010, 2012-2013 Science Fair judge, Boulder, CO
    1997 Online mentor for the SUCCEED camp, run by Shodor Educational Foundation

    Membership in Professional Societies

    2006-present Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN)
    2005-2007 Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
    1989-2002 European Geophysical Society (EGS)
    1986-present American Geophysical Union (AGU)
    1982-present American Meteorological Society (AMS)

    Refereed Publications

    Adachi, A., T. Kobayashi, K.S. Gage, D.A. Carter, L.M. Hartten, W.L. Clark, and M. Fukuda, 2005: Evaluation of 3-beam and 4-beam profiler wind measurement techniques using a 5-beam wind profiler and collocated meteorological tower. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 22, 1167-1180.
    Adachi, A., W.L. Clark, L.M. Hartten, K.S. Gage, and T. Kobayashi, 2004: An observational study of a shallow gravity current triggered by katabatic flow. Ann. Geophys., 22, 3937-3950.
    Angevine, W.M., A.W. Grimsdell, L.M. Hartten, and A.C. Delany, 1998: The Flatland Boundary Layer Experiments. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 78, 419-431.
    Ciesielski, P.E., L.M. Hartten, and R.H. Johnson, 1997: Impacts of merging profiler and rawinsonde winds on TOGA COARE analyses. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 14, 1264-1279.
    Gutzler, D.S. and L.M. Hartten, 1995: Daily variability of lower tropospheric winds over the tropical western Pacific. J. Geophys. Res., 100, 22,999-23,008.
    Hartten, L.M., 1996: Synoptic settings of westerly wind bursts. J. Geophys. Res., 101, 16,997-17,019.
    Hartten, L.M., 1998: Reconciliation of surface and profiler winds at ISS sites. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 15, 826-834.
    Hartten, L.M. and P.A. Datulayta, 2004: Seasonal and interannual variations in the daily cycle of winds over the Galápagos. J. Climate, 17, 4522-4530.
    Hartten, L.M. and K.S. Gage, 2000: ENSO’s impact on the annual cycle: The view from Galápagos. Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 385-388.
    Hartten, L.M. and D.S. Gutzler, 1998: Estimates of large-scale divergence over the western equatorial Pacific. J. Geophys. Res., 103, 25,895-25,904.
    Hartten, L.M. and P.E. Johnston, 2014: Stratocumulus-topped marine boundary layer processes revealed by the absence of profiler reflectivity. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. (ISARS Special Issue), 53, 1775-1789, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-12-0308.1.
    Hartten, L.M., C.W. King, and R.J. Zamora, 2013: The daily cycle of the lower troposphere along the Gulf of California during the 2004 North American Monsoon. J. Climate, in revision.
    Hartten, L.M. and M.A. LeMone, 2010: AMS membership survey results: The evolution and current state of the atmospheric sciences "pipeline". Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 91, 942-956.
    Hartten, L.M. and M.A. LeMone, 2014: How respresentative are AMS demographic surveys?. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 95, 775-779, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00058.1.
    Hartten, L.M. A.J. Piña, J. Lujan, P.E. Johnston, and L. Bianco, 2013: Using multiple instruments to better understand wind profiler observations of the stratocumulus-topped marine boundary layer. Mon. Wea. Rev., in preparation.
    Hechtel, L.M., C.-H. Moeng, and R.B. Stull, 1990: The effects of nonhomogeneous surface fluxes on the convective boundary layer: A case study using large-eddy simulation. J. Atmos. Sci., 47, 1722-1741.
    Johnston, P.E., L.M. Hartten, C.H. Love, D.A. Carter, and K.S. Gage, 2002: Range errors in wind profiling caused by strong reflectivity gradients. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 19, 934-953.
    Penland, C., and L.M. Hartten, 2014: Stochastic forcing of north tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures by the North Atlantic Oscillation. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 2126-2132, doi:10.1002/2014GL059252.
    Riddle, A.C., L.M. Hartten, D.A. Carter, P.E. Johnston, and C.R. Williams, 2012: A minimum threshold for wind profiler signal-to-noise ratios. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 29, 889-895.
    Zuidema, P., C. Fairall, L.M. Hartten, J.E. Hare, and D.E. Wolfe, 2006: On air-sea interaction at the mouth of the Gulf of California. J. Climate, 20, 1649-1661.

    Select Other Publications

    Carbone, R., R. Cifelli, B. Cotton, C. Davis, M. Douglas, C. Fairall, K. Gage, D. Gochis, L. Hartten, W. Higgins, R. Johnson, G. Kiladis, M. Moncrieff, W. Petersen, S. Rutledge, S. Williams, 2003: Science Overview of the North American Monsoon Experiment NAME. submitted to the National Science Foundation, 36pp.

    Professional Training & Development

    2015-2016 “Align Your Time with Your Priorities”, “Mastering Academic Time Management”, “XXX”, “How to Write Proposals that Get Funded and Papers that Get Cited”, “Writing as Metaphor: Discovering a Writing Process that Works for You”, “Everything You Need to Know About Grantwriting”, and others (webinars presented by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity)
    2010 “MATLAB Fundamentals” (4-day e-Learning training conducted by The MathWorks)
    2008 “NCL Workshop” (4-day training, combining lecture and hands-on labs, conducted by staff from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder)
    2005 “Advanced Leadership Workshop” (3-day workshop sponsored by Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion,, Univ. of Colorado - Boulder)
    “Strategic Thinking for Future Leaders” (seminar/workshop sponsored by Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion, Univ. of Colorado - Boulder)
    “Success through Mentoring: A Workshop on Mentoring Research and Practice” (one-day workshop conducted by MentorNet in conjunction with the SACNAS National Conference)
    2003 “Scientific Inquiry in the K-12 Classroom” (one-day workshop sponsored by various affiliates of the University of Colorado - Boulder)
    2003-2008, 2014 “CU Women Succeeding: Faculty Development Symposium” (one-day, system-wide symposium held annually and sponsored by various Univ. of Colorado organizations)
    2003 “She Said/He Said: Gender Differences in the Workplace” (seminar/workshop sponsored by Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion, Univ. of Colorado - Boulder)
    2001 “Selecting and Interviewing Student Employees” (training offered by Organizational and Employee Development, Univ. of Colorado - Boulder)
    “Fundamentals of Supervision” (training offered by Organizational and Employee Development, Univ. of Colorado - Boulder)

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