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Sylvia Murphy

GSL Staff Profiles
Email
sylvia.murphy@noaa.gov
Phone
303-497-7753
Address
DSRC
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305
Affiliation
CIRES

Professional Profile

Titles: 
  • GSL CIRES lead
  • FACETs Program Manager
  • WISE Project Manager, Budget Analyst, CIRES supervisor

Sylvia began her career as a Surface Warfare Officer and Oceanographer in the U.S. Navy. After active duty, she became an ocean modeler for the Naval Research Laboratory specializing in nested coastal models and Caribbean basin dynamics. Transitioning to Colorado, she worked at the National Center for Atmospheric (NCAR) as a software engineer on NCAR Command Language (NCL) project, and later as a project manager for the Earth System Modelling Forecast (ESMF), Earth System CoG, and the international Earth System Documentation (es-doc) projects. She currently works in the Weather Information Section Evolution (WISE) branch of GSL as a Program and Project manager for various domestic and international projects. She is also the GSL/CIRES lead, responsible for 70+ CIRES employees. Upon moving to Colorado, Sylvia transferred to the Colorado Army National Guard where she retired as a Colonel after 26 years of military service.

Research Interests
  • Leadership development
  • Program and Project management
  • AWIPS evolution
  • FACETs paradigm
  • Oceanography
  • Coaching

Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Creative Writing, the University of Denver (in progress)
  • M.S. Management, Regis University, 2007
  • M.S. Physical Oceanography, Florida State University, 1995
  • B.S. Marine Science, Jacksonville University, 1987

Experience
  • 2020-Present: Lead, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)/the University of Colorado at Boulder for NOAA’s Global Systems Laboratory (GSL)
  • 2019-Present: Program Manager, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)/the University of Colorado at Boulder for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)
  • 2017-Present: Project Manager, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) University of Colorado at Boulder for NOAA’s Global Systems Laboratory (GSL)
  • 2009-2016: Technical Project Manager, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) the University of Colorado at Boulder for NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)
  • 2008-2009: Technical Project Manager, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • 2005-2008: Software Engineer, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • 1999-2005: Associate Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • 1995-1999: Oceanographer, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center

Honors and Awards 
  • Team Member of the Month: NOAA Global Systems Laboratory (2020)
  • Team Member of the Month: NOAA Global Systems Laboratory (2017)
  • Best Paper: TeraGrid’11 Salt Lake City, Utah (Science Gateway Track). Title: Developing an integrated end-to-end TeraGrid climate modeling environment, (2011)
  • Special Recognition Award: Computational and Informational Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research (For the collaborative effort in the development of a prototype portal for the 2008 Advanced Study Program (ASP) Colloquium (2009)
  • Scientific and Technical Advancement Award: the National Center for Atmospheric Research (For the development of the NCAR Command Language) (2006)
  • Outstanding Performance Award: Ocean Dynamics Directorate, Naval Research Laboratory (1999)
  • Outstanding Performance Award: Ocean Dynamics Directorate, Naval Research Laboratory (1998)
  • Graduate Fellowship: Naval Research Laboratory (1995-1997)

Military Work History (Dates and official positions)
  • 2010-2013: Director: Exercises and Training (J7), Standing Joint Task Force Colorado, Colorado National Guard
  • 2008-2010: Deputy Commander: 169th Fires Brigade, Colorado Army National Guard
  • 2007-2008: Deputy Director: Communications (J6), Joint Task Force Democratic National Convention, Colorado National Guard  
  • 2005-2007: Commander: 891st Troop Command Battalion/193rd Military Police Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard
  • 2003-2005 : Deputy Director: Communications and Computers (J6) Joint Staff Colorado National Guard
  • 2000-2003: Deputy Director:  Computers and Information Systems Directorate (G6), Colorado Army National Guard
  • 1999-2000: Oceanographer: Office of Naval Research Detachment, Houston 
  • 1995-1999: Executive Officer (XO): Naval Oceanography and Meteorology Command Detachment, Bell Chase, Louisiana
  • 1993-1995: Staff Oceanographer: Commander and Chief, Naval Forces Europe Command Detachment
  • 1990-1993: Commander: Naval Oceanographic Command Detachment, Agana Guam 
  • 1987-1990: Division Officer:  (Deck 1, Deck 2, OIC, Navigator), USS Acadia (AD-42), San Diego

Publications
Goodall, J., K. Saint, M. Ercana, L. Briley, S. Murphy, H. You, C. DeLuca, and R. Rood, Coupling Climate and Hydrological Models: Interoperability through Web Services,  2013, Environmental Modeling and Software, 46, 250-259.

Guilyardi, E., V. Balaji, B. Lawrence, S. Callaghan, C. DeLuca, S. Denvil, M. Lautenschlager, M. Morgan, S. Murphy, K. Taylor, May 2013, Documenting Climate Models and their Simulations, BAMS, 94, 623-627.

Lawrence, B., V. Balaji, P. Bentley, S. Callaghan, C. DeLuca, S. Denvil, G. Devine,  M. Elkington, R. Ford,  E. Guilyardi, M. Lautenschlager, M. Morgan, M-P Moine, S. Murphy, C. Pascoe, H. Ramthun, P. Slavin, L. Stedman-Clark, F. Toussaint, A. Treshansky, and S. Valcke, 2012, Describing Earth System Simulations with the Metafor CIM, Geoscientific Model Development, 5, 1493-1500.

Turuncoglu,  U., N. Dalfes, S. Murphy, and C. DeLuca, 2012, Toward self-describing and workflow integrated Earth system models: A coupled atmosphere-ocean modeling system application, Environmental Modeling and Software, 39, 47-262. 

Turuncoglu,  U., S. Murphy, C. DeLuca, and N. Dalfes. 2011. A scientific workflow environment for earth system related studies, Computers and Geosciences, 37, 943–952.

Dunlap, R., L. Mark, S. Rugaber, V. Balaji, J. Chastang, L. Cinquini, C. DeLuca, D. Middleton, and S. Murphy, 2008, Earth system curator: metadata infrastructure for climate modeling, Earth Science Informatics, 1, 131-149.

Murphy, S. J. and T. R. Keen, 2000. The Sensitivity of Relocatable Local Area Models to Temporal Interpolation Noise at Open Boundaries. J. Atmos. and Oceanic Tech., 17, 862-878.

Murphy, S. J., H. E. Hurlburt, and J. J. O'Brien, 1999. The Connectivity of Eddy Variability in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean. J. Geophys. Res., 104, 1431-1453.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Zhao, L., C. Song, C. Thompson, H. Zhang, M. Lakshminarayanan, C. DeLuca, S. Murphy, K. Saint, D. Middleton, N. Wilhelmi, E. Nienhouse, and M. Burek, 2011, “Developing an integrated end-to-end TeraGrid climate modeling environment,” TeraGrid’11 Salt Lake City, Utah, July 18-21, 2011. Received award for best paper in the Science Gateways track.

Saint, K. and S. Murphy, 2010, “End-to-End Workflows for Coupled Climate and Hydrological Modeling” Proceedings of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) 2010 International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Modelling for the Environment's Sake, Fifth Biennial Meeting, Ottawa, Canada, July 5-8, 2011

Keen, T. R. and S. J. Murphy, 2000. “Developing a Relocatable Coastal Ocean Forecast Model in Enabling Technology for a Sustainable Environment” Proceedings of the Oceanology International 99 Pacific Rim conference, Singapore, 1999, Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd, Surrey, UK, p. 47-57