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About Leda Sox

I build and operate light detection and ranging (lidar) systems to study the trends and dynamics of the Earth's atmosphere. Over the past 6+ years, my research has covered every region of the atmosphere--from measurements of pollen and aerosols in the troposphere to observations of temperature averages and anomalies in the stratosphere, mesosphere and thermosphere. I currently work with the Rayleigh-scatter lidar group at Utah State University. My work at USU has focused on the development and operation of a new high-power, large-aperture Rayleigh-scatter lidar as well as the use of existing Rayleigh lidar and reanlysis datasets to investigate disturbances in the midlatitude mesosphere during sudden stratospheric warming events.

Positions

2017 Present Instructor, Utah State University Physics
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2017 Present Postdoctoral Researcher, Utah State University Center for Atmospheric & Space Sciences
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20112016 Graduate Research Assistant, Utah State University Center for Atmospheric & Space Sciences
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June 2010August 2010 Student Assistant, Georgia Tech Research Institute ‐ Electro-optical Systems Laboratory
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Curriculum Vitae


Disciplines



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Honors and Awards

  • Keith Taylor Summer Research Scholarship, 2015
  • Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium Fellow, 2011-2015
  • Gene Adams Endowed Scholarship, 2013
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2013
  • Dr. Howard L. Blood Graduate Scholarship in Physics 2012, 2013
  • Sigma Pi Sigma Member
  • Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching Fellow 2017-2018

Courses

  • Physics 2310 - Physics for Scientists I
  • Physics 1040 - Introductory Astronomy

Education

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20112016 PhD, Utah State University ‐ Physics
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20062010 BA, Agnes Scott College ‐ Mathematics-Physics and French
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Contact Information

Utah State University
Department of Physics
4405 Old Main
Logan, UT 84322-4405
Phone: 904.599.2536

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Reports and Dissertation (1)

Dissertation

Publications (8)

Presentations and Posters (23)