Jeff France

Research Associate


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Dr. France's work is focused on the dynamics of the stratosphere and mesosphere. In particular, he seeks to understand the role of planetary waves and gravity waves on the mean state, and how they lead to observed climatological features. Jeff studies wave-driven phenomena including elevated stratopause events, interhemispheric coupling, and mesospheric inversion layers.


University of Colorado Boulder — Boulder, Colorado
PhD, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - 2012

University of Colorado Boulder — Boulder, Colorado
MS, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - 2010

Rhodes College — Memphis, Tennessee
BS, Physics - 2006

Employment history

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics — Research Associate

GATS, Inc. — Research Associate


Dr. France has published work using satellite and WACCM output exploring the climatological structure of the global stratopause and mesospheric temperature inversions. He has published work exploring stratospheric sudden warmings and subsequent elevated stratopause events using SABER, MLS, HIRDLS, and WACCM. Currently he is focused on polar mesospheric clouds, specifically how variability in cloud frequency is driven by inter- and intra-hemispheric coupling with planetary waves.


Dr. France currently works on the Cloud Imaging and Particle Size (CIPS) instrument science team as part of the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) NASA satellite mission.


Harvey, V. L., Randall, C. E., Becker, E., Smith, A. K., Bardeen, C. G., France, J. A., & Goncharenko, L. P. (2019). Evaluation of the mesospheric polar vortices in WACCM. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124, 10,626-10,645.

Harvey, V. L., Randall, C. E., Goncharenko, L., Becker, E., & France, J., On the upward extension of the polar vortices into the mesosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123,, 2018.

France, J. A., C. E. Randall, R.S. Lieberman, V. L. Harvey, S. D. Eckermann, D. E. Siskind, J. Lumpe, S. M. Bailey, J. N. Carstens, and J. M. Russell III, Local and Remote Planetary Wave Effects on Polar Mesospheric Clouds in the Northern Hemisphere in 2014, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos.,, 2018.

Randall, C. E., J. Carstins, J. A. France, V. L. Harvey, S. M. Bailey, J. D. Lumpe, J. Yue, B. Thurairajah, D. E. Siskind, Y. Zhao, M. J. Yaylor, [...]

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American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
National Physics Honor Society
National Leadership Honor Society

Honors and awards

Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society)
Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society)
Performance Award for Most Outstanding Physics Student, Rhodes College, 2005
Presidential Scholarship, Rhodes College, 2002-2006
First author paper highlighted in GPRAMA report to congressional subcommittee, 2018
Named to the Atmosphere Journal Reviewer Board, 2019