I teach a rotation of courses in support of undergraduate and graduate studies in Meteorology and Earth Sciences Programs (Earth and Environmental Sciences BS, Environmental Studies BA) at UNC Charlotte. Specifically, my courses satisfy major requirements or elective options for the BS in Meteorology, BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and BA in Environmental Studies. My colleagues in the Meteorology Program include Dr. Casey Davenport, Dr. Matt Eastin, and Mr. Terry Shirley. The Meteorology Program and the Earth Sciences Programs are part of the Geography and Earth Sciences (GeoEarth) Department which houses research, teaching, and degree programs in not only meteorology and Earth sciences, but also GIS science, human geography, urban studies, physical geography, remote sensing, landscape ecology, geology, and hydrology.
The courses I teach include four undergraduate courses (3000-4000 level, usually junior-senior) and two of the courses are cross-listed for graduate students (5000 level). I developed the course materials from the ground up based on my research and graduate school experiences in the field of atmospheric sciences. Physical Meteorology (METR 3220) is a required course in the Meteorology major where we discuss topics in Atmospheric Physics such as cloud microphysics, atmospheric radiation, and an introduction to air quality chemistry. Applied Climatology (METR 4150 / ESCI 5150) satisfies the writing emphasis requirement for degrees at UNC Charlotte, and will be offered about once every other year based on demand. Global Environmental Change (ESCI 3101) is an overview of the physical reasons for the observed global warming and a discussion of current climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. Finally, Atmospheric Chemistry is a detailed discussion of the meteorology and chemistry needed to understand air quality problems and stratospheric ozone depletion. Visit the course webpages below for a current syllabus, and please email me if you have additional questions.
Physical Meteorology (METR 3220)
Global Environmental Change (ESCI 3101) (ESCI 3000 in Fall 2012)
Atmospheric Chemistry (METR 4220 / ESCI 5220) (METR 4000 / ESCI 5000 in Spring 2012)
Applied Climatology (METR 4150 / ESCI 5150)
See the Teaching tab at the top for any updates to my teaching.
In Geography and Earth Sciences, I am most involved in working on curriculum development for the Meteorology Program and major. Currently, several courses are in preparation by Dr. Davenport, Dr. Eastin, and myself as we work to address a few gaps in the current teaching. The goal is to meet future needs for meteorology as outlined by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). A course I am developing is Climate Dynamics, for example.