Professor Leovy earned his Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963. In 1968, he joined the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He is also a Geophysics Program faculty member and an adjunct professor in the Department of Astronomy.
His research interests are dynamical processes in the atmosphere of Earth and other planets, climate change, and the role of clouds in the climate system. Professor Leovy has authored or co-authored 93 research papers and has co-authored a book on dynamics of the stratosphere and mesosphere. Dr. Leovy also serves as an investigator for the NASA Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and the NASA solar system exploration program. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1973 and was a co-recipient of the AAAS Newcombe Cleveland Award, Viking Lander papers, in 1980. Professor Leovy is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.