Zachary L. Moon
Research interests
I am interested in the modeling of forest canopies, the atmospheric boundary layer, and forest-
atmosphere interactions, with an emphasis on in-canopy processes that aect atmospheric chemistry.
Thus far my PhD work has focused on modeling of radiation and photochemistry inside plant canopies.
Future PhD work will target generation of secondary aerosol from oxidation of plant emissions.
Education
2016–
(expected Su21)
PhD Meteorology & Atmospheric Science, Penn State University, University Park, PA.
Thesis: Title TBD
Committee: Jose D. Fuentes (advisor), William H. Brune, Miriam A. Freedman, Jerry Y. Harrington
2014–2016 MS Geological Sciences Atmospheric Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Thesis: A modeling study of the impacts of the tropopause height on the structure of intense tropical cyclones
Committee: Chanh Kieu (advisor), Kaj Johnson, Scott Robeson
2010–2014 BS Chemistry summa cum laude, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, GPA 3.91.
Publications
Peer-reviewed journal articles
2017 4 Moon, Z., C. Kieu, July 2017: Impacts of the Lower Stratosphere on the Development of Intense
Tropical Cyclones, Atmosphere, doi:10.3390/atmos8070128
3 Ferrara, M., F. Gro, Z. Moon, K. Keshavamurthy, S. M. Robeson, C. Kieu, May 2017: Large‐scale
control of the lower stratosphere on variability of tropical cyclone intensity, Geophysical Research
Letters, doi:10.1002/2017GL073327
2016 2 Kieu, C., V. Tallapragada, D.-L. Zhang, Z. Moon, July 2016: On the Development of Double Warm-
Core Structures in Intense Tropical Cyclones, J. Atmos. Sci., doi:10.1175/JAS-D-16-0015.1
1 Kieu, C. Q., Z. Moon, April 2016: Hurricane Intensity Predictability, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.,
doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00168.1
Forthcoming
Moon, Zachary, Jose D. Fuentes, and Ralf M. Staebler: Impacts of spectrally resolved irradiance
on photolysis frequency calculations within a forest canopy, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology,
doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2020.108012 [nal-form, 2020-07-29; to be published in Vol. 291; share
link]
Presentations
Conference
2020 8 Moon, Z., J. D. Fuentes: Sensitivity of Modeled Leaf Temperature to Canopy Radiative Transfer
Formulations, AMS 100th Annual Meeting 20th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and
Instrumentation, Boston, MA, January 2020 [talk]
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7 Salinger, M. J., J. D. Fuentes, M. E. Mann, Z. Moon: Aorestation versus Reforestation in New
Zealand: Eects on Regional Climate, AMS 100th Annual Meeting 33rd Conference on Climate
Variability and Change, Boston, MA, January 2020 [talk]
6 Moon, Z., D. Wei, J. D. Fuentes, M. Chamecki, G. G. Katul, W. H. Brune, J. J. Orlando: Oxidation
of Isoprene and Monoterpenes as a Function of Nitrogen Oxides in the Amazon Rain Forest, AMS
100th Annual Meeting 22nd Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry, Boston, MA, January 2020
[talk]
2018 5 Moon, Z., J. D. Fuentes: Modeling the disposition of spectral actinic ux in a mixed deciduous forest
canopy, AMS Fourth Conference on Biogeosciences, Boise, ID, May 2018 [talk]
4 Moon, Z., J. D. Fuentes: Modeling the disposition of spectral actinic ux in a mixed deciduous forest
canopy, NOAA Ninth Biennial EPP Forum, Washington, D.C., March 2018 [talk]
2016 3 Moon, Z., C. Kieu: On the Role of the Tropopause Height in the Development of a Double Warm Core
Structure in Intense Tropical Cyclones, AMS 32nd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology,
San Juan, PR, April 2016 [talk]
2 Kieu, C., Z. Moon: Upper Bound on Hurricane Intensity Forecast Errors, AMS 32nd Conference on
Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Juan, PR, April 2016 [talk]
1 Ferrara, M., F. Gro, Z. Moon, K. Keshavamurthy, S. M. Robeson, C. Kieu: Understanding the
Climatological Connection of Tropical Cyclone Intensity and the Tropopause Variability, AMS 32nd
Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Juan, PR, April 2016 [talk]
At Penn State
2019 7 Moon, Z.: Spectrally resolved canopy radiative transfer, Frank Talk seminar series, University Park,
PA, December 2019 [talk]
6 Moon, Z.: Photochemistry in plant canopies, ESSC Brown Bag seminar series, University Park, PA,
December 2019 [talk]
5 Moon, Z.: Understanding the role of in-canopy oxidation of biogenic emissions by advancing 1-D
modeling capabilities, PhD Comprehensive Exam seminar, University Park, PA, November 2019 [talk]
4 Moon, Z.: Photochemical loss of gases within plant canopies, Frank Talk seminar series, University
Park, PA, April 2019 [talk]
2018 3 Moon, Z., J. D. Fuentes: Impact of spectral resolution and canopy radiative transfer scheme on
photolysis calculations within a forest canopy, PhD Candidacy Exam seminar, University Park, PA,
May 2018 [talk]
2017 2 Moon, Z., J. D. Fuentes: Comparing four approaches to modeling vertical proles of spectral actinic
ux in a mixed deciduous forest canopy, Graduate Technical English Exam talk, University Park, PA,
December 2017 [talk]
1 Moon, Z., J. D. Fuentes: Modeling Proles of Spectral Irradiance in the Borden Forest, First-Year
Graduate Student Symposium, University Park, PA, August 2017 [talk]
Other
2019 2 Moon, Z., J. D. Fuentes, R. Saylor: Modeling radiative transfer in a forest canopy and its importance
in a 1-D air chemistry model, NOAA NCAS-M ProjectFest, College Park, MD, September 2019
[poster]
2018 1 Moon, Z., R. Saylor: Modeling radiative transfer in a forest canopy and its importance in a 1-D air
chemistry model, NOAA ARL/ATDD seminar, Oak Ridge, TN, August 2018 [talk]
Teaching Experience
Penn State
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Teaching Assistant.
Fall 2019 Application of Computers to Meteorology (METEO 473).
Assisted students with Python and the Scientic Python stack during class and oce hours.
Spring 2019 Mesoscale Meteorology (METEO 414).
Graded and corrected homework assignments.
Spring 2017 Applications of Computers in Meteorology (METEO 473).
Prepared and gave several lectures.
Fall 2016 Climate Dynamics (METEO 470).
Gave two lectures, one of which I prepared in full.
Indiana University
Teaching Assistant.
Spring 2015 Fate of Environmental Pollutants (SPEA-E 564).
Fall 2014 Intro. to Environmental Science (SPEA-E 272).
Spring 2014 Intro. to Programming I (CSC-A 201).
Honors, Awards, & Fellowships
Sp17–Fa18 NCAS-M Graduate Fellowship, NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science and Meteorology.
2016 FEGR 1st-year graduate fellowship, Penn State Graduate School.
2014 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University.
2013 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society inductee.
2009 National Merit Scholar.
Professional Activities
2015– Student Member, American Meteorological Society (AMS).
Employment
2015– RA/TA.
2011–2015 Starbucks Shift Supervisor, The Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, IN.
Computer skills
OS Mac OS X, Windows, Linux oce suites Microsoft Oce, LibreOce
programming Python, Fortran numerical MATLAB, R
shell Bash misc GrADS, HTML/CSS, git
some exp. JavaScript, NCL, (t)csh, C, Julia, Jekyll/SASS, SQL
Languages
English mother tongue Spanish basic
French basic (studied in high school) Latin basic (studied in undergrad)
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