Mary Morris

Dr. Morris joined JPL’s Microwave Systems Technology group in March 2017. Her research interests lie at the intersection of remote sensing and atmospheric science, with particular expertise in microwave radiometry, GNSS-R, and tropical cyclones. She is currently a member of NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) science team and the USAF Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) instrument science team.

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests: 
  • Geophysical Remote Sensing
  • Microwave Radiometry
  • GNSS-R
  • Tropical Cyclones

Professional Experience: 

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

  • Technologist, Apr. 2018 – present
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, Mar. 2017 – Mar. 2018


University of Michigan, Remote Sensing Group

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Jan. 2017 – Feb. 2017
  • Graduate Student Research Assistant, Sept. 2012 – Dec. 2016

Selected Awards: 
  • Honorable Mention, Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research (2016)
  • NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Visiting Scientist Proposal selected (2016)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission to investigate the factors influencing hurricane intensity change (2012)

Selected Publications: 
  1. Rodriguez-Alvarez, N., Misra, S., Morris, M., 2020: The Polarimetric Sensitivity of SMAP-Reflectometry Signals to Crop Growth in the U.S. Corn Belt. Remote Sens., 12, 1007. doi: 10.3390/rs12061007
  2. Rodriguez-Alvarez, N., Misra, S., Podest, E., Morris, M., & Bosch-Lluis, X., 2019: The Use of SMAP-Reflectometry in Science Applications: Calibration and Capabilities. Remote Sensing, 11(20), 2442. doi: 10.3390/rs11202442
  3. Morris, M., Chew, C., Reager, J. T., Shah, R., & Zuffada, C., 2019: A novel approach to monitoring wetland dynamics using CYGNSS: Everglades case study. Remote Sensing of Environment, 233, 111417. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111417
  4. Ruf, C. S., Chew, C., Lang, T., Morris, M. G., Nave, K., Ridley, A., & Balasubramaniam, R., 2018: A new paradigm in Earth environmental monitoring with the CYGNSS small satellite constellation. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 8782, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-27127-4.
  5. Morris, M. and C. S. Ruf, 2017: Determining Tropical Cyclone Surface Wind Speed Structure and Intensity with the CYGNSS Satellite Constellation. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 1847-1865, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0375.1.
  6. Morris, M. and C. S. Ruf, 2017: Estimating Tropical Cyclone Integrated Kinetic Energy with the CYGNSS Satellite Constellation. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 235-245, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0176.1.
  7. Ruf, C., P. Chang, M.P. Clarizia, S. Gleason, Z. Jelenak, J. Murray, M. Morris, S. Musko, D. Posselt, D. Provost, D. Starkenburg, V. Zavorotny. CYGNSS Handbook, Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Pub., ISBN 978-1-60785-380-0, 154 pp, 1 Apr 2016.
  8. Morris, M. and C. S. Ruf, 2015: A Coupled-Pixel Model (CPM) Atmospheric Retrieval Algorithm for High Resolution Imagers. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 32, 1866-1879, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0016.1.


Mary Morris
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Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818-354-4966