John A. Knox
Dynamics of weather and climate, geoscience education, atmospheric hazards, and meteorological applications of social media data (see http://www.today.com/video/today/51330360#51330360)
- Ph.D. (1996) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Atmospheric science
- B.S. (1988) UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Mathematics
- Improving Clear Air Turbulence Forecasts at the NOAA/NWS/NCEP/Aviation Weather Center with State-of-the-Art Research Diagnostics (PI); UCAR/COMET; $60,000; Funded 7/09-6/12
- Teaching Science Teachers about Masters of Disaster in Socioeconomically and Climatologically Vulnerable Counties of Georgia (co-PI); National Science Foundation; $149,642; Funded 8/10-8/12
- Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/10-6/11
- Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/09-6/10
- Climatological and Demographic Aspects of Late-Summer Heat Waves in Georgia (PI); UGARF; $9707.10; Funded 1/09-12/09
- Development, Implementation and Research of Rotating-Tank Laboratory Experiments in Undergraduate Geosciences Courses at the University of Georgia (co-PI); USG Board of Regents STEM Initiative; $7990; Funded 11/08-6/09
- Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/08-6/09
- Enhancing Undergraduate Geography Courses with New Data-Intensive Multimedia Modules on the Ozone Hole and El Niño (PI); PRISM; $4000; Funded 8/04-2/05
- The Assimilation Process in the Earth, Space and Social Sciences (PI); Georgia Space Grant; $5562; Funded 3/04-2/05
- Mesoscale Tropopause Dynamics Diagnosed in GOES (PI); NOAA/NESDIS; $66,000; Funded 10/03-9/05
- Diagnostic Studies of Tropical Dynamics with UARS and CRISTA (co-I); NASA (Subcontract to NWRA); $72,000; Funded 11/01-2/04
- Clear-air turbulence forecasting (Wilson M.S.; with Silberberg, Ellrod and UGA students)
- Geoscience education research at the pre-college and college levels (Qureshi Ph.D.; with Stewart and others)
- Hyperthermia and its effects on athletes (Petro M.S.; with Grundstein and UGA students)
- Late-summer heat waves in the Southeast U.S. (Petro M.S.)
- Drought in the Southeast U.S. (Campana M.S.; with Grundstein and Dowd)
- Inertial instability and convection initiation (with Schumacher and Schultz)
- Non-convective high wind events (with Durkee, Frye, Fuhrmann, Lacke and UGA students)
- Windstorms and their societal impacts (with Gill and Novlan)
- Tornado debris research (with UGA students) See http://www.today.com/video/today/51330360/#51330360
National/International Research Awards:
- T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award, National Weather Association, 2010
- Highly commend, Royal Meteorological Society‘s IBM Award for Meteorological Innovation That Matters international competition, 2009
Campus/National Teaching Awards:
- "Best 300 Professors" selection, The Princeton Review, 2012 (only geographer in U.S. selected) http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/three-uga-professors-named-among-the-nations-best-by-princeton-review/
- Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA, 2013 http://columns.uga.edu/news/article/award-winners-early-career-faculty-members-recognized-for-excellence/
- Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, 2011
- UGA Student Government Association Professor Recognition Award, 2005, 2010, 2011
- Who‘s Who Among America‘s Teachers, 2004
- UW-Madison Wahl Meteorology Teaching Award, 1994
- UW-Madison Teaching Fellow, 1994-95
National Educational Publication Awards:
- William Henry Fox Talbot Prize for Visual Excellence in a College Textbook, Society of Academic Authors, 2003
- APEX Grand Award for Publication Excellence in Writing, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 2007
Institutional Outreach and Service Awards and Nominations:
- NASA/GISS Best Popular Science Award, 1997
- UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Advisor Award nominee, 2005, 2008, 2010
National Weather Forecasting Awards:
- "Final Four" forecaster, WxChallenge national weather forecasting contest tournament, 2011
- 1st-place trophy for best faculty forecast for New Orleans, LA, WxChallenge contest, 2012
- 2nd-place trophy for best faculty forecast for Providence, RI, WxChallenge contest, 2012
Selected National Academic Awards and Honors:
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 1988
- Rhodes Scholar Finalist, 1987
- Phi Kappa Phi National Fellow, 1988
- U.S. Presidential Scholar, 1983
- GEOG 1111: Introduction to Physical Geography
- GEOG 1112: Introduction to Weather and Climate
- GEOG 2110H: Introduction to Physical Geography (Honors)
- GEOG 2120H: Introduction to Weather and Climate (Honors)
- GEOG 3130: Atmospheric Hazards
- GEOG 4114/6114: Atmospheric Dynamics II
- GEOG 4121/6121: Weather Forecasting Seminar
- GEOG 4911/6911: Collaborative Research in Atmospheric Sciences
- GEOG 8120: Seminar in Climatology
- GEOG 4116-4116L/6116-6116L: Introduction to Data Assimilation
Ackerman, S. A., and J. A. Knox, 2012: Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere (3rd edition), Jones & Bartlett, 578 pp. 4th edition in production, to be published February 2014.
Articles (since 2007)
- Knox, J. A., J. A. Rackley, A. W. Black, V. A. Gensini, M. Butler, C. Dunn, T. Gallo, M. R. Hunter, L. Lindsey, M. Phan, R. Scroggs, and S. Brustad, 2013: Tornado debris characteristics and trajectories during the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as determined using social media data. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, in press. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00036.1 See http://www.today.com/video/today/51330360#51330360
- Schultz, D. M., and J. A. Knox, 2013: Young Lewis Fry Richardson in Yorkshire. Weather, 68, 66-67.
- Ellrod, G. P., J. A. Knox, P. F. Lester, and L. J. Ehernberger, 2013: Clear air turbulence. Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences, in review. (Invited)
- Durkee, J. D., C. M. Fuhrmann, J. A. Knox, and J. D. Frye, 2012: Ageostrophic contributions to a nonconvective high wind event in the Great Lakes region. National Weather Digest, 36, 27-41.
- Campana, P., J. A. Knox, A. J. Grundstein, and J. Dowd, 2011: The 2007 drought in Athens, GA USA: A climatological comparison and an assessment of future water availability. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 1-12. DOI: 10.1111 /j.1752-1688.2011.00619.x
- Knox, J. A., J. D. Frye, J. D. Durkee, and C. M. Fuhrmann, 2011: Nonconvective high winds associated with extratropical cyclones. Geography Compass, 5(2), 63-89. (Invited review paper)
- McCann, D. W., J. A. Knox, and P. D. Williams, 2011: Improvements in clear-air turbulence forecasting based on spontaneous imbalance theory: The ULTURB algorithm. Meteorological Applications, DOI:10.1002/met.260.
- Knox, J. A., A. S. Bachmeier, W. M. Carter, J. E. Tarantino, L. C. Paulik, E. N. Wilson, G. S. Bechdol, and M. J. Mays, 2010: Transverse cirrus bands in weather systems: A grand tour of an enduring enigma. Weather, 65, 35-41.
- Ellrod, G. P., and J. A. Knox, 2010: Improvements to an operational clear air turbulence diagnostic index by addition of a divergence trend term. Weather and Forecasting, 25, 789-798.
- Schumacher, R. S., D. M. Schultz, and J. A. Knox, 2010: Convective snowbands downstream of the Rocky Mountains in an environment with conditional, dry symmetric, and inertial instabilities. Monthly Weather Review, 138, 4416-4438.
- Grundstein, A. J., C. Ramseyer, F. Zhao, J. L. Pesses, P. Akers, A. Qureshi, L. Becker, J. A. Knox, and M. Petro, 2010: A retrospective analysis of United States football hyperthermia deaths. International Journal of Biometeorology, DOI 10.1007/s00484-010-0391-4.
- Parham, T. L., Jr., C. Cervato, W. A. Gallus, Jr., M. Larsen, P. Stelling, J. Hobbs, T. Greenbowe, T. Gupta, J. A. Knox, and T. E. Gill, 2010: The InVEST volcanic concept survey: Exploring student understanding about volcanoes. Journal of Geoscience Education, 58, 213-223.
- Knox, J. A., D. W. McCann, and P. D. Williams, 2009: Reply to Plougonven et al.‘s "Comments on 'Application of the Lighthill-Ford theory of spontaneous imbalance to clear-air turbulence forecasting'". Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66, 2511-2516.
- LaMoreaux, H. K., G. A. Brook, and J. A. Knox, 2009: Late Pleistocene and Holocene environments of the Southeastern United States from the stratigraphy and pollen content of a peat deposit on the Georgia Coastal Plain. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 280, 300-312.
- Knox, J. A., 2008: Recent and future trends in U.S. undergraduate meteorology enrollments, degree recipients and employment opportunities. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89, 873-883. (2nd-most accessed article in entire AMS electronic archive during July 2008)
- Knox, J. A., D. W. McCann, and P. D. Williams, 2008: Application of the Lighthill-Ford theory of spontaneous imbalance to clear-air turbulence forecasting. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 65, 3292-3304. (#9 most-accessed article in AMS archives during October 2008)
- Schultz, D. M., and J. A. Knox, 2007: Banded convection caused by frontogenesis in a conditionally, symmetrically, and inertially unstable environment. Monthly Weather Review, 135, 2095-2100.
- Lacke, M. C., J. A. Knox, J. D. Frye, A. E. Stewart, J. D. Durkee, C. M. Fuhrmann, and S. M. Dillingham, 2007: A climatology of non-convective wind events in the Great Lakes region. Journal of Climate, 20, 6012-6022.
Selected Older Articles of Note:
- Knox, J. A., and P. R. Ohmann, 2006: Iterative solutions of the gradient wind equation. Computers & Geosciences, 32, 656-662.
- Knox, J. A., and S. A. Ackerman, 2005: What do introductory meteorology students want to learn? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86, 1431-1435. (Cover article)
- Knox, J. A., and V. L. Harvey, 2005: Global climatology of inertial instability and Rossby wave breaking in the stratosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 110 (D6), D06108, DOI 10.1029/2004JD005068.
- Knox, J. A., 2003: Inertial instability. Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences, J. R. Holton, J. Curry, and J. Pyle, Eds., Academic Press, 1004-1013. (Invited)
- Iacopelli, A. J., and J. A. Knox, 2001: Mesoscale dynamics of the record-breaking 10 November 1998 mid-latitude cyclone: A satellite-based case study. National Weather Digest, 25, 33-42. (Invited)
- Knox, J. A., 2000: From Celsius to chaos to cyclones: Using temperature-conversion equations to introduce advanced mathematical concepts in earth science courses. Mathematical Geology, 32 (2), 203-215.
- Knox, J. A., 2000: L. F. Richardson‘s "Forecast Factory": A great idea for teaching weather forecasting. Journal of Geoscience Education, 48 (5), 579-580.
- Brothers, H. J., and J. A. Knox, 1998: New closed-form approximations to the logarithmic constant e. Mathematical Intelligencer, 20, 25-29.
- Knox, J. A., 1997: Generalized nonlinear balance criteria and inertial stability. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 54, 967-985.
- Knox, J. A., 1997: Possible mechanisms of clear-air turbulence in strongly anticyclonic flows. Monthly Weather Review, 125, 1251-1259.
- Knox, J. A., 1997: Reform of the college science lecture through storytelling. Journal of College Science Teaching, 26, 388-392.
- Knox, J. A., and P. J. Croft, 1997: Storytelling in the meteorology classroom. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 78, 897-906.
Other Publications That Were Fun to Write and Informative Too:
Knox, J. A., J. D. Frye, J. D. Durkee, and M. C. Lacke, 2011: Death from a clear blue sky: Extreme non-convective high winds. Earthzine, http://www.earthzine.org/2011/06/04/death-from-a-clear-blue-sky-extreme-non-convective-high-winds/
Knox, J. A., 2009: The 100 top-fielding MLB pitchers, circa 1900-2008. Baseball Research Journal, 38 (1), 49-58. (peer-reviewed)
Knox, J., 2006: Living in a globally warmed world. Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 86 (1), 11-16. (Invited lead article; issue won 2007 APEX Grand Award for Writing Excellence)
85 newspaper columns in The Red & Black (UGA student newspaper), 2004-2010.