Biographical Sketch of Dr. Kyaw Tha Paw U



BS Course XII (Earth & Planetary Sciences-Geophysics Option)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S., M. Phil.,
Yale University (Biometeorology)

Yale University (Biometeorology)


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Present Professor of Atmospheric Science and Biometeorologist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California at Davis
2004 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award. (as co-author in a collaborative team). The World Meteorological Organization awards one paper per year. Paper entitled: Environmental controls over carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange of terrestrial vegetation. Agric. For. Meteorol. 113:97-120.
2004 World Innovation Foundation Fellow
1998 - 2008 Editor-in-Chief, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (international journal)
2011 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology, from the American Meteorological Society
2012 Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award(as co-author in a collaborative team). The World Meteorological Organization awards this prize (with a monetary award) for one paper in the world. Paper entitled: Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents. Environmental Research Letters, 5 (2010).
2009 - present Editorial Board, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
2009 - present Editorial Board, Advances in Meteorology (Open access)


         Teaching responsibilities have included introductory courses to atmospheric science; severe and unusual weather; upper level (undergraduate and graduate mixed level) courses in boundary layer meteorology, atmospheric turbulence, climate change, land surface models; biometeorology, instrumentation and observations in the atmosphere, and microclimate of agricultural systems; a graduate seminar in atmospheric science and a graduate course in advanced topics in micrometeorology and biometeorology, and co-taught graduate course in introductory Plant Biology.


Present Professor of Atmospheric Science and Biometeorologist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California at Davis
2012 - present Research Associate, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2011 Visiting Professor, University of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
2005 - 2006 Visiting Scientist, Biometeorology Lab,University of California, Berkeley (9 months sabbatical leave)
2001 - 2004 Vice-Chair of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (Director of the Atmospheric Science program), University of California, Davis.


          Chercheur, Unite de bioclimatologie, INRA, Bordeaux, France (2 months sabbatical leave); Visiting Scientist, Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oak Ridge, TN (9 months sabbatical leave); Chercheur, Station de bioclimatologie, INRA, Thiverval-Grignon, France (one year sabbatic leave); Assistant Professor of Boundary Layer Meteorology and Biometeorology, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University; Student Programmer, Department of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University; Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Earth Satellite Service, Washington SFSS; Student Researcher, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

(Past and Present)

  • Faculty Affiliate, National Science Foundation (NSF) funded UCD ADVANCE CAMPOS (Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives On Science)
  • NSF- UCD ADVANCE CAMPOS Initiative Committee Member,
  • UCD Feminist Research Institute Seed Grant: "Climate Change, Farmworker Women and Their Families," members of the faculty PI collaborative, in alphabetical order: Professor Yvette Flores (Chicana/o Studies), Assistant Professor Rebecca Hernandez (Land, Air and Water Resources), Professor Kyaw Tha Paw U (Land, Air and Water Resources), Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz (School of Nursing), and Assistant Professor M. Anne Visser (Human Ecology; Community and Regional Development),
  • UCDavis Women's Resources and Research Center WISE (Women In Sciences and Engineering) Mentor
  • Past Chair and member, Academic Senate Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee, both at the UC Davis Campus, and for UC systemwide.
  • Co-PI, Grant from the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University (from Ford Foundation support), to study inequities in the hiring of women and minorities at the University of California, with Law Professor Marty West, Comparative Literature Professor Kari Lokke, Design Professor Gyongy Laky. Co-author of report, “Unprecedented urgency: Gender discrimination in faculty hiring at the University of California.”
  • Member, University of California President’s Taskforce on Faculty Diversity
  • Member and Board Member, Asian-Pacific American Systemwide Alliance (APASA)
  • Member, Council for Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA)
  • Faculty Advisor, Burmese Students’ Organization


          Born in Long Island, New York; lived in Bangkok, Thailand for 8 years as a child; went to the International School of Bangkok; spent many summers in Geneva, Switzerland and Rangoon, Burma; returned to New York City area (Yonkers); went to Riverdale Country School for intermediate and high school. Was on varsity cross country and winter track, yearbook photographer. Hobbies: tennis, jogging, transportation biking, reading about, and looking at, anything to do with aircraft (especially WWII ones), electronics, astronomy. Main home body activities: miscellaneous housework, taking care of daughters, taking care of cats, occasional yard/garden work, catching up on research, cooking and meal preparation.

Last updated March 19, 2017

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