Michael Battalio

I am Michael Battalio, a Ph.D. student in Atmospheric Science at Texas A&M.  I work operations as Environmental Theme Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity).  My research involves the energetics of the atmosphere of Mars.  I have a Master of Science in Meteorology from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a second BS in Meteorology (communication, mathematics and music minors).  I am a graduate fellow of the American Meteorological Society.  I invite you to find out more about me, learn about my research activities, download my resume, read some of my philosophy, or find me on social media

Please feel free to contact me with questions on research, employment, booking or just to chat at michael[at]battalio.com.
I am entering my fourth year of studies at TAMU and am a Research Assistant with Drs. Istvan Szunyogh and Mark Lemmon studying the atmospheric dynamics of Mars, specifically the effects of dust on the energetics of Martian baroclinic waves.

I am Environmental Theme Group Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover and work rover operations three to four times per month.  Below is a recent image of a Dust Devil search performed on Sol 959 that I instructed Curiosity to take.  For more images go to the JPL multimedia gallery.

When needed I teach ATMO 202 Atmospheric Science Lab or ATMO 321 Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences. I presented a poster entitled "An Investigation of the Local Energetics of the Martian Atmosphere" at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting.

I completed my graduate degree in Meteorology at Mississippi State in May 2012.  My Master's Thesis was "Quantitative Analysis and 3D Visualization of NWP Data Using Guasi-Geostrophic Equations" and was presented at the 2012 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting.  I presented a poster, "Visualization of Vorticity and Divergence in Three Dimensions", at the 2011 National Weather Association Meeting.  I received the 21st Century Fellowship from the American Metrological Society in 2011.

I research several topics including Martian atmospheric dynamics, Quasi-geostrophic theory, and the three-dimensional patterns of divergence, vorticity, and vertical velocity in synoptic systems.  Two upcoming papers will describe the three-dimensional structure of the level of non-divergence and effect of horizontal length scales on QG omega (in review with Weather and Forecasting).

I am also very interested in non-terrestrial atmospheres, particularly the elucidation of the atmospheric dynamics of exoplanets via temperature profiles and am beginning to look for Post-Docs in that area.

For more detail on my research see the Academia page or my profile at the TAMU ATMO page. 

I'm self-taught on the organ, and I've finally gotten around to recording myself playing it. Below is Trumpet Voluntary in D (J. Clarke). 

Here is the Bach Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major - Prelude

I've also recorded a piece I played from a wedding in June 2012. It is Dawn from the movie "Pride and Prejudice" and is written by Dario Marianelli.
I'm reviewing the Rhapsody in G minor by Brahms and the third Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt.  I've finished Chopin's Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 No.2   I'm learning Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2 and Duex Arabesques by Debussy.  On the cello, I've started on learning all of the arpeggios for all keys, and I'm learning the famous Bach cello Suite in G. 
Performances and Booking
To listen to samples of some of my work or for information on booking me and pricing, visit the performance section of the music page.
Projects and Hobbies
Thoughts and writing
I've added to my two essays:   This I Believe, which is just that - a description of what I believe, and Serious Conversations.  Both of these essays are also transcribed in my blog.
I am landscaping the .2 acres around my house and documenting the progress of my gardens on my garden blog

One of my daylily hybrids is registered with the American Hermocalis Society.  The daylily's name is "Stormy Sunset."  It is pictured at right.  Here is the official AHS page.

Also I have posted pictures from the rest of the garden.
This is a recent sketch (week of May 3) of an orchid I have blooming.

View previously complete works on the Art Photos page.
Go to the Projects and Hobbies page to see more about what I've been spending my time on.
An Investigation of the Local Energetics of the Martian Atmosphere
Quantitative Analysis and 3D Visualization of NWP Data Using Guasi-Geostrophic Equations
Visualization of Divergence and Vorticity in Three Dimensions
Stormy Sunset
More Pictures
Michael on social media
Weather Station
A Battalio Christmas
Garden Blog
VTK_omega is code to calculate QG omega on a VTK dataset. The paper "Horizontal Length Upscaling and Methods of Calculating QG Vertical Velocities" is in review with "Weather and Forecasting".

Battalio Weather is a weather site that aggragates the best of NWS.

MBWeather and WeatherFrames are desktop clients to access Battalio Weather.  MBWeather is a simpler interface and is in version 1.2.  WeatherFrames is in beta and is under development.  Both are currently donationware.  Click below to download.


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Last updated:  May 18, 2015 | © 2003-2015 Michael Battalio (michael[at]battalio.com)