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Michie Vianca De Vera

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Contact Information

4066-H Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Dr. Larry Di Girolamo


I joined the Department of Atmospheric Sciences as a master's student in Fall 2021, working under the supervision of Prof. Larry Di Girolamo. I examined the macrophysical properties of shallow cumulus clouds over the tropical western Pacific using high-resolution satellite data collected during the NASA Cloud, Aerosol and Monsoon Processes Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) field campaign. I earned my M.S. degree from the department in August 2023. Currently, I'm continuing on as a first year Ph.D. student in the department.

I attended the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines for my bachelor’s degrees in Applied Physics and Materials Science and Engineering while minoring in Data Science and Analytics. As an undergraduate, I worked on determining the sources of trace gas emissions in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea region collected during the 2012 Vasco Cruise study for my thesis. I also participated in an internship at the Climatology Laboratory of Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan, where I evaluated different heat wave and heat stress indices over the Philippines. 

After completing my undergraduate studies in May 2020, I took a postgraduate diploma program in Earth System Physics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy. There, I worked on using high-resolution satellite data to investigate sea surface temperature anomalies and their relationship to convection and the diurnal cycle in the Tropical Western Pacific.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (August 2023)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Earth System Physics, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (August 2021)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Materials Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University (May 2020)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Physics, Ateneo de Manila University (May 2020)
    • Minor in Data Science and Analytics


Awards and Honors

Ogura Student Teaching Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2022)

Courses Taught

  • Spring 2022: ATMS 140/ESE 140 - Climate and Global Change