Deanna joined the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2014. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a post doc at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she studied tropical cyclones using the NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research aircraft during the NASA Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel (HS3) multi-year Earth Venture Mission.
Her research interests include tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, orographic precipitation, remote sensing, mesoscale convective systems, radar meteorology, satellite meteorology, and hazardous weather.
Complimenting her scientific interests, she is passionate about science communication and policy as well as expanding scientific literacy amongst the public. She is looking forward to a career of bridging the gap between science and other human interests to help science be more relevant and useful to the greater good.
- Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2011
- M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, 2007
- B.S. Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science, University of Michigan, Meteorology concentration, 2004
- ATMS 120 - Severe and Hazardous Weather
- ATMS 504 - Physical Meteorology
- ATMS 410 - Radar Remote Sensing
Additional Campus Affiliations
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Fischer, E. V., Bloodhart, B., Rasmussen, K., Pollack, I. B., Hastings, M. G., Marin-Spiotta, E., Desai, A. R., Schwarz, J. P., Nesbitt, S., & Hence, D. (2021). Leveraging field-campaign networks to identify sexual harassment in atmospheric science and pilot promising interventions. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(11), E2137-E2150. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0341.1
Nesbitt, S. W., Salio, P. V., Ávila, E., Bitzer, P., Carey, L., Chandrasekar, V., Deierling, W., Dominguez, F., Dillon, M. E., Garcia, C. M., Gochis, D., Goodman, S., Hence, D. A., Kosiba, K. A., Kumjian, M. R., Lang, T., Luna, L. M., Marquis, J., Marshall, R., ... Grover, M. A. (2021). A storm safari in subtropical South America: Proyecto RELAMPAGO. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(8), E1621-E1644. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0029.1
Rasmussen, K. L., Burt, M. A., Rowe, A., Haacker, R., Hence, D., Luna, L. M., Nesbitt, S. W., & Maertens, J. (2021). Enlightenment strikes! broadening graduate school training through field campaign participation. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(10), E1987-E2001. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0062.1
SCHUMACHER, RUSS. S., HENCE, DEANNA. A., NESBITT, STEPHEN. W., TRAPP, ROBERT. J., KOSIBA, KAREN. A., WURMAN, JOSHUA., SALIO, PAOLA., RUGNA, MARTIN., VARBLE, ADAM. C., & KELLY, NATHAN. R. (2021). Convective-storm environments in subtropical south america from high-frequency soundings during relampago-cacti. Monthly Weather Review, 149(5), 1439-1458. https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-20-0293.1
Garg, P., Nesbitt, S. W., Lang, T. J., Priftis, G., Chronis, T., Thayer, J. D., & Hence, D. A. (2020). Identifying and Characterizing Tropical Oceanic Mesoscale Cold Pools using Spaceborne Scatterometer Winds. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125(5), [e2019JD031812]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD031812