AppalAIR is comprised of six faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences, drawing expertise from every science department on campus. Members, pictured above, from left, are: Howie Neufeld, Baker Perry, Jim Sherman, Ryan Emanuel and Brett Taubman. Not pictured: Rahman Tashakkori.

Founding Members

Howard Neufeld, Chair, studies the physiological effects of air pollution, primarily ozone, on native plant species. 

Brett Taubman is investigating the transport and trends of air pollutants as well as the chemical and optical properties of aerosols and their influences on the regional climate using surface based in-situ and remote sensing instruments. 

Jim Sherman is using remote sensing techniques to measure water vapor and atmospheric aerosols, which are key components to understanding environmental responses to climate change. 

Baker Perry is using surface based and balloon-borne meteorological measurements to study synoptic climatology and orographically driven precipitation in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Ryan Emanuel is using our 30 m sampling tower to quantify carbon and water vapor fluxes and to determine atmosphere/vegetation feedbacks in response to a changing climate. 

Rahman Tashakkori will manage data acquisition and manipulation, as well as data visualization for the AppalAIR researchers.

Adjunct Member

Patrick Sheridan is an atmospheric scientist with the NOAA-Earth Systems Research Laboratory's Global Monitoring Division (, located in Boulder, CO. Sheridan's group monitors aerosols at selected regional sites worldwide to study their effects on solar radiation, and hence climate. Sheridan also serves as advisor for our NOAA-GMD Collaborative Aerosol Monitoring Station and played a key role in setting up the AppalAIR air sampling infrastructure according to NOAA-GMD specifications.

Douglas K. Miller - Current projects involve examining the hydrologic cycle at high elevation locations (in collaboration with researchers at Duke University) and examining the predictability of snowfall accumulations (in collaboration with researchers at the National Weather Service, Appalachian State University, and NC State University). Current research projects combine the use of weather observations collected in special data collection campaigns in the field with meso-scale model (WRF) simulations of specific weather events.