I am an Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. I grew up in central Indiana and became fascinated with the weather at an early age. My early motivation in meteorology was to study the Antarctic ozone hole, but a series of circumstances and opportunities during my pursuit of an undergraduate degree at Purdue University pulled me toward hurricanes and severe weather. Since then, I have never looked back. During graduate school at Colorado State University, I had the opportunity to visit the NOAA Hurricane Research Division on an annual basis and to participate in their field program, during which they fly through tropical cyclones. An incredible experience! As a scientist, I’m interested in the physical processes that influence the formation and evolution of atmospheric systems. To this end, my research interests encompass all aspects of tropical cyclones, organized mesoscale weather systems, and the influence of weather/climate on society and ecosystems. My current research focuses on (1) understanding the structure and evolution of tropical cyclones including eyewall convection and miniature supercells in outer rainbands, (2) forecasting regions favorable for tornado formation within a landfalling tropical cyclone circulation, (3) evaluating the use of micropalentological proxies to reconstruct the paleotempestology of hurriance landfalls, (4) relationships between the mosquito-transmitted dengue fever virus and weather variability across tropical regions, and (5) impacts of urban meteorology and the urban heat island on biodiversity across urban and suburban ecosystems.
My teaching interests include the areas of tropical, radar, mesoscale, and synoptic meteorology, as well as atmospheric thermodynamics. I am a faculty advisor for the Student Organization of Meteorology (STORM), which is a student chapter of the American Meteorology Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA).
I am also the Graduate Coordinator for the M.S. Earth Sciences Program, which offers students the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in the interdisciplinary areas of geology, hydrology, meteorology, climatology, and/or the environmental sciences through a combination of coursework and at least one directed research project.
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