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Katie Straus

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Contact Information

Room 4064
1301 W Green Street,
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Fall 2022: M-F 9:30am-4:00pm
Teaching Assistant to Dr. Bryan Jewett
Master's Advisor: Dr. Francina Dominguez


Katie Straus (she/her) is a first year master’s student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include hydrologic land-atmosphere interactions, climate modeling, and climate adaptive engineering. She completed a six-week NSF REU research program in 2021 and presented at AGU. She has joined Dr. Francine Dominguez’s Hydrometeorology Group. Her current research project is focused on profiling the evapotranspiration measurements from the Argentinian 2018 RELAMPAGO field campaign Integrated Surface Flux System (ISFS) towers. This research seeks to compare locations measurements based off of characteristics and later validate which models capture the land-atmosphere hydrometeorological interactions.

Katie grew up in the Cleveland area and completed her Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. She previously held research and teaching assistant positions at the University of Cincinnati in the Complex Systems and Processes Lab. Her previous work with UC involved modeling wastewater flow for the City of Cincinnati. The work done with Portland State University’s NSF REU program focused on quantifying the anomalous meteorology preceding and during the Oregon 2020 Wild Fires. This work was presented virtually at the Fall 2021 AGU conference.


M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (in progress)

B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2022

A.S. Sciences, Lakeland Community College, 2016

A.S. Liberal Arts, Lakeland Community College, 2016



Awards and Honors

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU), Portland State University, Center for Climate Change and Aerosol Research, 2021

Legion of Excellence, University of Cincinnati, 2021


Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant:

Atmospheric Computation and Modeling (AMS305) Fall 2022, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Modeling Dynamical Systems (ENVE) Fall 2021, 2019, 2018

Recent Publications

Poster Presentations:

Straus C, Loikith P, Russel E. "Putting the Atmospheric Conditions Associated with the 2020 Oregon Labor Day Fires into Climatological Context" American Geogphysical Union Fall 2021 Conference