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Elizabeth Pillar-Little

Research Scientist

Liz Pillar-Little is a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO). Her research at CIWRO broadly centers around the topic of chemical weather, or how weather influences chemical processes in the atmosphere as well as how atmospheric chemistry impacts weather. This can take shape in many forms such as aerosol-cloud interactions, land-atmosphere interactions, air quality, and much more. She is currently working on projects exploring the role of aerosol on the pre-convective and convective environment, drivers of variations of vertical gradients of CO2 in the ASL/ABL, and the drivers of aerosol distribution in the ASL/ABL.


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Kentucky, 2017

B.S. Biochemistry, Mercyhurst University, 2009

B.S. Forensic Science, Mercyhurst University, 2009


Research Scientist I, CIMMS/CIWRO (2021-present)

Research Scientist and Assistant Director, Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (2018-2021)

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (2017-2018)