Image: Science Instructor Gerhard KrammGerhard Kramm: Research Associate of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; University of Applied Sciences of Cologne, Germany, 1973 B.E. in industrial engineering, University of Cologne, College of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, 1975, B.S. and 1980 M.S. in meteorology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, Department of Physics, 1994 Ph.D. in meteorology (magna cum laude).

Kramm's research background is in microscale and mesoscale meteorology, documented by many peer-reviewed publications. His current research interests include uncertainty analyses of cloud microphysical processes, theoretical and modeling studies on atmospheric turbulence, and atmospheric radiation. His past activities include, among other things, experimental studies on the radiation budget at the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, time series analyses, cloud microphysics, the thermodynamics of irreversible processes applied to soil physical processes, and theoretical studies on the dry deposition of particulate matter and the exchange of highly reactive trace gases between the atmosphere and the biosphere. He has served as a member of the program committee of the Assembly 1998 of the German Meteorological Society (DMG) as well as a convener of special sessions of the AGU in 2002 and the European Geophysical Society (EGS) in 1999. He has also served as a reviewer for 15 different meteorological and geophysical journals as well as proposals for national and international grant programs. He taught various core and special classes for graduate students at the University of Potsdam, Germany, Department of Geoecology (Micrometeorology), and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Natural Science and Mathematics (Atmospheric Dynamics, Atmospheric Radiation, Physics of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Turbulence). He also gave lectures on Dry Deposition of Reactive Trace Gases at the University of Valladolid, Spain, Department of Applied Physics. In 2005 he became a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Calcutta Mathematical Society, an international journal dealing with the key advances in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences. Besides his engagement at the Geophysical Institute, he is working on a textbook entitled "An Introduction to the Theory of Atmospheric Sciences" considered for graduate students.

Having served as the STEP Lead Scientist Instructor in 2007, Kramm is serving as a STEP Science Instructor in 2008, when the featured topic is Earth Science.