Natural History Building
Urbana, IL 61801
My research interests include weather analysis and forecasting, computational fluid dynamics and numerical weather prediction, and the study of a range of mostly small scale weather phenomena (from individual clouds to mesoscale systems). Some of my current research topics: severe convective storms including thunderstorm cell interaction and organization; the role of microphysical processes in mesoscale convective systems (MCSs), hurricane track and intensity prediction; mesoscale gravity waves, and ensemble prediction methods in warm- and cool-season forecasting. Active areas of collaboration include work with cyberinfrastructure specialists at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and within the LEAD (Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery) program; data mining scientists at the University of Alabama; visualization specialists at NCSA and at Indiana University, and the St. Louis National Weather Service office. I participated in the BAMEX field program in 2003 where I flew in the NOAA P-3 aircraft behind MCSs, and hope to be out in the field in 2009 during the proposed VORTEX-II program. In the last year I have taught ATMS 120 (Severe and Hazardous Weather) and a graduate course in Computational Fluid Dynamics (ATMS 502). In my spare time I enjoy tornado chasing, video production, and skiing.
- Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- M.S. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
- B.S. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma