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Atmospheric Sciences Program

Graduate Alumni

65 people and 74 graduate degrees since 1997; 47 MS, 28 PhD

Alfonso Fragomeni, Mariana  (Geography, PhD 2019)

When cities plan for heat: A collaborative framework to integrate planning and climate. (assistant professor, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut)

Andersen, Theresa K. (Geography, MS 2010)

A climatological analysis of drought and tornadic activity in the southeastern United States. (technical writer, National Snow and Ice Data Program)

Ashley, Sharon Trotter (Geography, MS 2002, PhD 2006)

A geographical analysis of flood hazards in the United States. (former adjunct faculty instructor, Northern Illinois University)

Ashley, Walker S. (Geography, PhD 2005)

Derecho-producing convective systems in the United States: An assessment of derecho hazards and family formation (professor, Department of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment, Northern Illinois University).

Banks, Alison (Geography, MS 2020)

Isolating meteorological influences on PM2.5 in future earth system model simulations. (PhD student, Department of Geography, University of Georgia)

Becker, Laura (Geography, MS 2010)

The effects of tropical cyclone induced damage on the regional climate of the U.S. Gulf Coast. (environmental scientist, State of Louisiana)

Bedel, Anthony P. (Geography, MS 2012)

Climate change and associated fire potential for the southeastern United States in the 21st Century. (meteorologist, Environmental Protection Agency)

Bentley, Mace L. (Geography, PhD 1999)

A climatology of derecho producing mesoscale convective systems in the eastern United States, 1986-1995 (professor, School of Integrated Sciences, James Madison University).

Black, Alan W. (Geography, PhD 2015)

Winter precipitation hazards and vulnerability in the United States. (assistant professor, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville)

Boatman, Ian (Geography, MS 2019)

The development of an empirically-based definition of epidemic thunderstorm asthma (National Weather Service, Wilmington, NC WFO).

Cahill, Olivia (Geography, MS 2020)

Who is the most at-risk for non-fatal exertional heat illnesses? A study of Georgia, USA high school football players. (National Weather Service, Newport NC WFO)

Campana, Pete (Geography, MS 2009)

Water usage in Athens, Georgia as a result of the 2007 drought event and analysis of future water availability (senior geospatial analyst, Wiser Corp., Nashville, TN).

Carter, Michael (Geography, MS 2009)

Mesoscale circulations in the urban-coastal environment: An observational and modeling analysis of sensitivity to high resolution representation of the urban canopy (forecaster, The Weather Network in Canada).

Choi, Jongnam (Geography, PhD 2001)

Statistical characteristics and synoptic patterns of persistent positive temperature anomalies in the United States, 1950-1995 (professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Geographical Information Sciences, Western Illinois University).

Cooper, Stephen (Geography, MS 2019)


Cornish, Ashley (Geography, MS 2022)

The Impact of Plant CO2 Physiological Forcing on Extreme Heat and Humidity Events. (PhD student, Department of Geography, University of Georgia)

Debbage, Neil (Geography, MS 2014, PhD 2019)

Urban flooding vulnerability: A multifaceted comparative assessment of the Charlanta Megaregion (assistant professor, Department of Political Science and Geography, University of Texas-San Antonio).

Dixon, Paul Grady (Geography, MS 2002)

Climatological patterns of Atlanta's urban heat island-initiated precipitation(dean, Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics and Professor of Geosciences, Fort Hays State University).

Doublin, Jennifer Sheppard (Geography, MS 2003)

A spatial and temporal investigation of growing season droughts in the Southeast United States: An application of airmass and synoptic analyses. (Assistant Professor, Environmental/Earth Sciences, Moraine Valley Community College)

Durkee, Joshua D. (Geography, MS 2003, PhD 2008)

Assessing the role of warm-season mesoscale convective complexes in subtropical South American precipitation variability (professor, Department of Earth, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences, Western Kentucky University).

Dyer, Jamie L. (Geography, MS 2001, PhD 2005) †

Spatial and temporal trends in North American snow depth and relationships with streamflow and ablation (professor, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University).

Frye, John D. (Geography, PhD 2008)

An empirical study of the relationship between soil moisture and convection in the southern Great Plains (associate professor, Department of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater).

Fuhrmann, Christopher M. (Geography, MS 2006)

Severe convective wind environments in Georgia (associate professor and assistant state climatologist, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University).

Gamble, Douglas (Geography, PhD 1997)

Climatic and physiographic features associated with extreme unseasonable floods in the southeastern United States, 1950-1990 (department chair, professor of geography, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of North Carolina-Wilmington).

Gensini, Vittorio A. (Geography, PhD 2014)

Hazardous convective weather in the United States: A dynamical downscaling approach. (associate professor, Department of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment, Northern Illinois University)

Hand, Lauren (Geography, MS 2008)

An investigation of warm season spatial rainfall variability in Oklahoma City: Possible linkages to urbanization and prevailing wind (formerly with Dewberry Inc., Atlanta, GA).

Haskett, Danielle (Geography, MS 2013, PhD 2020)

Climatic and Environmental Change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains During the Late Quaternary: A Paleolimnological Approach (assistant professor, University of Montevallo)

Harris, Kelly (Geography, MS 2018)

An analysis of Atlanta road surface temperatures for the improvement of urban transit (NYC transportation firm).

Jacobs, Jennifer (Geography, MS 2008)

An examination of variations in snow depth in the southern Rocky Mountains. (formerly broadcast meteorologist, Colorado)

Johnson, Brad (Geography, PhD 2018)

The impact of urbanization on regional scale climate and winter precipitation. (assistant professor, Department of Geography, Florida State University)

KC, Binita (Geography, PhD  2014)

Spatio-temporal assessment of climate change vulnerability in Georgia (Data Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center).

Kutney, Emily (Geography, MS 2009)

On the association of autumn Eurasian snow cover and winter North American temperatures. (librarian, Cincinnati, OH)

Lieberman, Jordan (Geography, MS 2010)

Comparison of MODIS LST and SSM/I melt detection products on the Greenland ice sheet. (geospatial analyst, U.S. Department of Defense)

Lacke, Matthew C. (Geography, MS 2007)

Aerosols and associated precipitation patterns in Atlanta (meteorologist, Air and Radiation Protection Division, Jefferson County Department of Health, Birmingham, AL).

Long, Ansley (Geography, PhD 2020)

Using Satellite-Derived Precipitation Measurements to Assess Water Resources on the Navajo Reservation. (meteorologist, NWS Peachtree City, GA)

Maier, George (Geography, MS 2012)

Assessing the performance of a vulnerability index during oppressive heat across Georgia, U.S. (Senior Associate at Nelson Nygaard)

Mattingly, Kyle (Geography, MS 2014, PhD 2019)

Connecting changes in poleward energy flux to Greenland ice sheet energy budget and mass balance: The role of moisture transport by atmospheric rivers. (assistant scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

McLeod, Jordan T. (Geography, MS 2014)

Atmospheric bottlenecks over the Arctic: A climatological investigation of extreme Greenland blocking episodes and their relationship with precipitation anomalies across the United States. (instructor, University of South Alabama)

Mikulak, Haylie N. (Geography, MS 2019)

Influence of low-frequency atmospheric teleconnections on arctic blocking patterns. (PhD student, Auburn University)

Miller, Paul (Geography, PhD 2017)

Anticipating thunderstorm severity in weakly sheared atmospheres across the southeast United States. (assistant professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University)

Mitra, Chandana (Geography, PhD 2012) 

A synergistic study of urban land cover dynamics-premonsoonal rainfall relationships in Kolkata, India using climatological, remotely-sensed, and modeling methodologies (associate professor, Department of Geography, Auburn University)

Moraes, Flávia (Geography, PhD 2021)

Drought in the insular Caribbean: Teleconnection effects, water resources, and vulnerability index. (lecturer, Georgia State University)

Niederman, Emily (Geography, MS 2021)

Evidence of abrupt hydroclimate  and environmental change in the Garhwal Himalaya, India through an application of non-destructive, radiological methods to lacustrine sediment. (adjunct professor, Department of Environmental Science and Studies, Stetson University)

Orr, Margaret (Geography, MS 2020)

Investigating Connections between need for cognitive closure and climate change concern in college students. (PhD student at George Mason University)

Pauline, Emily (Geography, MS 2019)

Improving NCEI’s Climate Extremes Index and revising the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index to  analyze climate extremes vulnerability in the United States. (c
limate risk analyst at The Climate Service, Durham, NC)

Petro, Myron (Geography, MS 2011)

Late-summer heat waves and their impact on hyperthermia-related deaths in football players (project engineer at Nclear Inc.).

Poore, Shaina (Geography, MS 2017)

An Analysis of Regional Acclimatization of Georgia High School Football Players and the Impact of a Revised Heat Safety Policy. (flight attendant, Delta Air Lines)

Powell, Emily J. (Geography, MS 2003)

Greenland equilibrium line from ERS-1/2 scatterometers and surface mass balance model data (assistant state climatologist, State of Florida).

Rackley, Jared (Geography, MS 2015)

Southern Appalachian cold air
damming (CAD): A climatology and simulation of case studies. (meteorologist, National Weather Service, Pittsburgh, PA)

Ramseyer, Craig (Geography, MS 2011, PhD 2016)

Regional climate forcing of precipitation and drought in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. (assistant professor, Department of Geography, Virginia Tech)

Rosen, Joshua J. (Geography, MS 2017)

A synoptic climatology of Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance: A neural network/self-organizing map approach. (physical scientist, U.S. Geological Survey)

Schroeder, Amanda (Geography, PhD 2015)

A spatio-temporal assessment of urban flooding within the United States. (Hydrometeorologist, NWS Ft. Worth)

Sullivan, Emily (Geography, MS 2018)

Climatology of volcanic ash
dispersal from a Mount Rainier eruption using USGS Ash3D with NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis data: Potential impacts on commercial airspace. (formerly GIS analyst, Georgia Power Company)

Thomas, Andrew (Geography, PhD 2021)

Inland intensification of tropical cyclones: Theory, modeling, and climatology. (post-doctoral researcher at DOE SRNL)

Underwood, S. Jeffrey (Geography, PhD 1999)

A multi-scale climatology of wind-driven rain for the contiguous United States 1971-1995 (associate vice president for research, California State University – Los Angeles).

Wachowicz, Lori (Geography, MS 2017, PhD 2022)

Tropical sea surface temperature variability and its role on Arctic atmospheric circulation and sea ice. (Data scientist, KPMG)

Warren, Matt (Geography, MS 2019)

The impact of consecutive dry day evolution on the frequency and magnitude of large-scale fires in Southern Appalachia. (geospatial analyst, Hexagon Federal, St. Louis, MO)

Wassel, Gregory A. (Geography, MS 2006)

A climatology of electrified convective snowfall events and their radar signatures (product manager, Franklin Energy Services).

Wei, Jingmei (Geography, MS 2013)

A synthesis of point snow depth observations and a satellite snow depth product. (MBA student, University of Maryland)

Williams, Castle (Geography, MS 2016, PhD 2020)

Should severe weather graphics wear a uniform? exploring the effects of visual and spatial inconsistencies on end users risk perception, uncertainty, and behavioral intensions. (Social Scientist, NOAA Weather Program Office)

Williams, Marcus (Geography, PhD 2016)

The spatio-temporal evolution of irrigation in the Georgia coastal plain: Empirical and modeled effects on the hydroclimate (research meteorologist, US Forest Service).

Wilson, Emily (Geography, MS 2012)

Case studies of clear-air
 turbulence: evaluation and verification of new forecasting techniques. (senior meteorologist, Delta Air Lines)

Wu, Jiaying (Geography, MS 2012, PhD 2018)


Zhao, Fang (Geography, MS 2011)

Precipitation changes near Three Gorges Dam, China. (faculty, School of Geographical Sciences, East China Normal University)

Zhou, Yan (Geography, MS 2008)

Atlanta’s urban heat island under extreme heat conditions and potential mitigation strategies (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR and CISESS, University of Maryland, College Park, MD)                         


† Completed Graduate Certificate in ATSC

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