Prof. Eric Maloney earned a Ph.D in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in 2000. He then studied under a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research before joining the faculty of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in 2002 as an Assistant Professor. Prof. Maloney joined the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in 2008, where he is now a Professor.
Over 100 publications in the peer reviewed literature have been contributed by Prof. Maloney during his career. These publications cover various topics of tropical meteorology including observations, modeling, and theoretical studies of tropical intraseasonal variability and easterly waves, including a large body of literature on the Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO). These studies have highlighted the key role of moisture for maintenance and propagation of the MJO, and have contributed to the “moisture mode” theory for tropical intraseasonal variability. Prof. Maloney has also contributed a substantial body of research on the formation mechanisms for east Pacific easterly waves, highlighting the critical role for local topographic convective forcing for the generation of such disturbances. Prof. Maloney also has other research contributions on midlatitude air-sea interactions, regional climate change, tropical-extratropical interactions, changes in tropical convective extremes in a warmer climate, and El Niño-Southern Oscillation, among other topics.
Prof. Maloney was editor of Journal of Climate from 2011-2014. He is currently a co-chair of the NOAA MAPP Model Diagnostics Task Force, member of the NOAA MAPP S2S Task Force, and a member and former chair of the WGNE MJO Task Force. In 2016, Prof. Maloney was awarded the AGU Ascent Award. He is involved in various other national and international programs, and has participated in and helped plan several international field programs over the last decade, including the OTREC field campaign to be based in Costa Rica in summer-fall of 2019.