Alison D. Nugent is an Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She earned her Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University and her B.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University. Prior to her at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Nugent worked at NCAR as an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow balanced between EOL, RAF, and RAL and participated in multiple aircraft field campaigns.
Nugent's research interests include orographic convection and precipitation, shallow cloud dynamics, cloud microphysics, aerosol-cloud precipitation interactions, extreme precipitation, and observations and modeling. her current NSF CAREER grant focuses on observing sea-salt aerosols in the coastal environment using an instrument her research group designed and built, and making weather observations accessible to Pacific Islanders using the 3D-Printed Automated Weather Station program designed by scientists and engineers in UCAR's COMET program. Her recent work has included radar observations of extreme precipitation in Taiwan through the PRECIP field campaign, the deployment of the Hawaii State Mesonet, and community impacts of extreme precipitation and flooding on Kaua'i. She won the University of Hawai'i Board of Regents award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020 and takes pride in supporting undergraduate students with research in the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.