Sara C. Pryor
Provost Professor of Atmospheric Science
Professor Pryor received her PhD from the University of East Anglia in 1992 and then was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia until she joined the IU faculty in 1995. In addition to her position at IU, she is also a visiting distinguished professor at the Atmospheric Environment Institute at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, and a visiting senior scientist with the Department of Wind Energy and Atmospheric Physics at the Risø National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denmark.
Professor Pryor conducts research focused on two major areas: (1) physical climatology, specifically climate change and variability, and impacts on the energy and agricultural sectors; and (2) atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemical cycling with the atmosphere-surface exchange of reactive gases and particles. Professor Pryor has published over 90 articles in internationally renowned journals, and edited a book published last year entitled 'Understanding climate change: Climate variability, predictability and change in the Midwestern US.' She is contributing author to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) (Chapter 'Wind Energy'), editor of the foremost atmospheric science journal - the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, and is currently engaged by the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) for her research on links between climate change, extreme events and critical energy infrastructure.
Professor Pryor is a current Fellow of the Academic Leadership Program and past recipient of the IU Presidents Award in recognition of outstanding teaching, research and service.