Michael Battalio

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Atmospheric Science at Texas A&M.  I am searching for a Postdoc starting fall 2017 in exoplanet atmospheric dynamics.

I work operations as Environmental Theme Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity).  My research involves the energetics of transient waves in the atmosphere of Mars.  I have an MS in Meteorology from Mississippi State University and a BS in Physics and a BS in Meteorology (communication, mathematics and music minors).  I am a graduate fellow of the American Meteorological Society.  I invite you to find out more about me, learn about my research activities, or download my CV.

Please feel free to contact me with questions on research, employment, or just to chat at michael[at]battalio.com.
I am entering my fifth year of studies at TAMU and am a Research Assistant with Drs. Istvan Szunyogh and Mark Lemmon studying the atmospheric dynamics of Mars, specifically energetics of Martian baroclinic waves.  I have recently published the Energetics of the martian atmosphere using the Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation (MACDA) dataset on the alteration of transient waves by the Mars Global Dust storm of 2001.  We found that the number of transient waves during the dust storm is roughly halved due to a stabilization of the atmosphere to baroclinic energy conversion as a result of an altered vertical wind and temperature profile.  However, the intensity of individual eddies is not necessarily reduced.  For more go to the Academia page.

Currently in preparation are two more papers on Mars atmosphere energetics.  One focuses on waves in the southern hemisphere, which is by far the less studied of the two hemispheres.  The second focuses on the spectral decomposition of waves with respect to the pause in eddy activity during the winter solstice.

I am an Environmental Theme Group Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover and work rover operations three to four times per month.  Below is a recent image of a Dust Devil search performed on Sol 959 that I instructed Curiosity to take.  For more images go to the JPL multimedia gallery.

I completed my graduate degree in Meteorology at Mississippi State in May 2012.  I have a paper in review with Monthly Weather Review on the horizontal scaling of the QG omega equation.  I received the 21st Century Fellowship from the American Metrological Society in 2011.

Other research topics include Quasi-geostrophic theory and the three-dimensional patterns of divergence, vorticity, and vertical velocity in synoptic systems. 

I particularly interested in the elucidation of the atmospheric dynamics of exoplanets via observed temperature profiles and/or global circulation models and am looking for a Postdoc in that area.

I occasionally teach ATMO 202 Atmospheric Science Lab or ATMO 321 Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences. I will be teaching a freshman seminar in Fall 2016, "A Tour of the Atmospheres in our Solar System."

See the right sidebar for recent posters and presentations.

I have plans to present at the DPS annual meeting, the AGU annual meeting, the AMS annual meeting, and the 6th International Workshop on the Mars Atmosphere during the 2016-2017 academic year. Please come find me. Links to those abstracts will be placed here as they become available.

For more details on my research see the Academia page or my profile at the TAMU ATMO page. 

Here is a recent recording of Deux Arabesque 1 (Claude Debussy). 

Here is the Bach Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major - Prelude

I've also recorded Trumpet Voluntary in D (J. Clarke) on organ from a wedding in April 2015.
Performances and Booking
To listen to samples of some of my work or for information on booking me and pricing, visit the performance section of the music page.
DPS 2015 slides from Reduced Baroclinicity During Martian Global Dust Storms
An Investigation of the Local Energetics of the Martian Atmosphere
Quantitative Analysis and 3D Visualization of NWP Data Using Guasi-Geostrophic Equations
Visualization of Divergence and Vorticity in Three Dimensions
Stormy Sunset AHS page
More Pictures
One page Resume
Weather Station
A Battalio Christmas
Garden Blog
VTK_omega is code to calculate QG omega on a VTK dataset. The paper "The Minimum Length Scale for Evaluating QG Omega Using High Resolution Model Data" has been submitted to "Monthly Weather Review".

Last updated:  June 26, 2016 | © 2003-2016 Michael Battalio (michael[at]battalio.com)