• meg.k.payne@gmail.com
  • Howard University


Megan first joined the Howard University Program of Atmospheric Sciences in 2010 after graduating from Lyndon State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. She spent two summers at the Howard University Beltsville Campus as a summer intern before applying for Graduate School. Megan is now a PhD Candidate planning to finish her dissertation in the next school year.

Current Research

Megan works with Dr. Everette Joseph at the Howard University Beltsville Campus in Beltsville, Maryland. Her research includes characterizing aerosol properties during differing air mass types during the summer of 2011. In particular, examining ultrafine particle growth events and their contribution to climate, radiation, and air quality in a semi-urban region.


Guest Presenter at the DC American Meteorological Society Meeting, Washington, DC (2013)

Guest Poster Presenter at the Maryland Space Business Meeting, Greenbelt, MD (2013)

“Air Quality Research at Howard University in Beltsville, MD”
Exhibitor at the Maryland Association of Counties, Ocean City, MD (2013)

Guest Poster Presenter at National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program, Washington, DC (2013)

Poster Presenter at the American Geophysical Union Fall Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2013)

Presenter at the NOAA Educational Partnership Program 7th Biennial Forum, Princess Anne, Maryland (2014)

“Understanding particle growth events response to changes in hydrocarbons and sulfur dioxide for a rural/urban site in Beltsville, Maryland” Poster Presenter at the American Geophysical Union Fall Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2014)

Payne, M.K., E. Joseph, J.D. Fuentes, R. Sakai, W.R. Stockwell: “Meteorological controls on particle growth events in Beltsville, MD, USA during July 2011”, J. Atmo. Chem. DOI: 10.1007/s10874-014-9292-y (2014)

Doughty, D.C., J.D. Fuentes, M.K. Payne: “Influences of aerosol chemical trends on cloud condensation nuclei in Beltsville, MD” (in preparation)