Dr. Elizabeth N. Smith

Dr. Elizabeth N. Smith

Research Meteorologist

NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory

Elizabeth joined NSSL as a research meteorologist in January 2020, where she focuses on boundary-layer processes relevant to near- and pre-storm environments and convection initiation. Elizabeth specializes in boundary layer profiler observations, such as those collected by the instruments onboard the Collaborative Lower Atmospheric Mobile Profiling System (CLAMPS) facilities she helps to manage. She was born and raised in the heart of Appalachia, in south-central West Virginia. She identifies as a female scientist from a small town with a blue-collar upbringing, and is a first generation college graduate. She is passionate about inclusion in STEM and puts in the work to make the science community a more accessible and inclusive space. If not in the office or in the field, you can find her volunteering at the National Weather Museum and Science Center, having a beer at one of Norman or OKC’s many wonderful craft breweries, or hanging out at home with her pets.

  • Doppler lidar
  • retrievals
  • boundary-layer meteorology
  • mesoscale meteorology
  • convection initiation
  • PhD in Meteorology, 2018

    University of Oklahoma

  • BS in Earth Science–Meteorology, 2014

    California University of Pennsylvania