Dr. Trapp is a Professor and Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining Illinois in 2014, he was a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University from 2003-2014, and a research scientist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (through the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies) in Norman, Oklahoma from 1996-2003. Four years of his tenure with NSSL were spent as a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
Dr. Trapp's research interests include the dynamics and observations of mesoscale convective systems, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes; mesoscale modeling and predictability.
Trapp received his B.S. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, M.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma. He was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow.
- Ph.D. in Meteorology, The University of Oklahoma, 1994
- M.S. in Meteorology, Texas A&M University, 1989
- B.S. in Agriculture/Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1985
Lasher-Trapp, S., Jo, E., Allen, L. R., Engelsen, B. N., & Trapp, R. J. (2021). Entrainment in a Simulated Supercell Thunderstorm. Part I: The Evolution of Different Entrainment Mechanisms and Their Dilutive Effects. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 78(9), 2725-2740. https://doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-20-0223.1
Raupach, T. H., Martius, O., Allen, J. T., Kunz, M., Lasher-Trapp, S., Mohr, S., Rasmussen, K. L., Trapp, R. J., & Zhang, Q. (2021). The effects of climate change on hailstorms. Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, 2(3), 213-226. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43017-020-00133-9
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
Wurman, J., Kosiba, K., Pereira, B., Robinson, P., Frambach, A., Gilliland, A., White, T., Aikins, J., Trapp, R. J., Nesbitt, S., Hanshaw, M. N., & Lutz, J. (2021). The Flexible Array of Radars and Mesonets (FARM). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(8), E1499-E1525. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0285.1
Borque, P., Nesbitt, S. W., Trapp, R. J., Lasher-Trapp, S., & Oue, M. (2020). Observational Study of the Thermodynamics and Morphological Characteristics of a Midlatitude Continental Cold Pool Event. Monthly Weather Review, 148(2), 719-737. https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-19-0068.1