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Shirley Murillo is a research meteorologist for NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division (HRD), located at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida. She leads the Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) science team.
Shirley’s OSSE science team investigates quantitative/rational basis for observing system design decisions, data assimilation, and forecast modeling decisions; risk reduction strategies for significant observing system investments; and ways to optimize of NOAA’s observing system portfolio within resource and time constraints. She also participates in numerous research flights into tropical cyclones aboard NOAA’s WP-3D aircraft over the Atlantic Basin and Gulf of Mexico. On these flights she has operated and monitored various instruments onboard the aircraft, including the Doppler radar and GPS dropsonde stations as well as being the Lead Project Scientist. She also served as the GPS dropsonde scientist aboard NOAA’s G-IV jet on several synoptic reconnaissance flights around tropical cyclones. In 2011 and 2012 Shirley was the Field Program Director for NOAA’s Hurricane Field Program where she was responsible for organizing, planning and overseeing all research and operational flights into tropical cyclones. The data collected during these flights help to reduce forecast uncertainty and unnecessary evacuations that result in economic impacts to communities. Shirley is also the research liaison for the Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT). The JHT serves to bridge and transfer new technology and research results into operations. Shirley plays a critical role in ensuring the transition of research happens smoothly.
Shirley also devotes her time to improving educational outreach and promoting science education. She is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) where severed as chair of the Board on Women and Minorities. In 2012, she received the AMS Charles E. Anderson Award. This award is given to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the promotion of diversity in the atmospheric and related sciences and broader communities through education and community service.
Shirley received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Florida State University in Meteorology and her Master’s of Science degree in Meteorology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has published work in the scientific journals Journal of Physical Oceanography, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Monthly Weather Review and Weather and Forecasting.