Sara C. Pryor

Photo portrait of Sara C. Pryor.

Associate Vice Provost
Bryan Hall 107

Phone: (812) 855-1610

Sara C. Pryor is Provost Professor of Atmospheric Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK, in 1992. She was a P.D.F. in Atmospheric Science during 1993-1995 at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Pryor has served on the Indiana University faculty since 1995.

Pryor has published over 90 journal articles in her two primary research foci:

  1. Physical climatology, specifically climate change and variability that involve climate downscaling and regional manifestations of climate change and variability. Sara has edited two books on regional climate change, and recently she was named to the new National Climate Assessment and Development Committee, convened by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help the U.S. government prepare for and deal with climate change. The committee, composed of 40 of America's best climate scientists and 13 ex-officio members representing federal agencies, has been tasked with developing a National Climate Assessment report no later than June 2013.
  2. Atmospheric chemistry and atmosphere-surface exchange of reactive gases and particles. Pryor has conducted extensive research on biogeochemical cycling. She was a participant in the international BACCI and EUCAARI projects on atmosphere-surface exchange and atmospheric particle-climate linkages and is currently participating in the NCAR-led BEACHON (Bio-hydro-atmosphere interactions of Energy, Aerosols, Carbon, H2O, Organics and Nitrogen) research program.

Pryor 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 for 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. Pryor has served on numerous advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and European Union, and is currently PI or co-PI on three grants from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to her position at IU, she is a visiting distinguished professor at the Atmospheric Environment Institute at the University of Aarhus in Denmark as well as senior scientist with the Department of Wind Energy and Atmospheric Physics at the Risø National Laboratory in Denmark.