My research interests are the
remote sensing and modeling of surface features and land-surface processes with
emphasis on applications in operational meteorology, risk and hazard
assessment, numerical weather and regional climate prediction, and land-surface
hydrology. In particular, I’m interested in developing tools to examine
the role of land cover, vegetation and subsurface processes on the hydrologic
cycle and the influence in climate change and extreme weather events on natural
and designed surface systems.
Much of my work in this area
involves modeling of hydrologic processes in the soil, on the land surface
(runoff and stream flow) and below the surface, as well as the impact of the
transfers of moisture and heat between surface and atmosphere (and the
subsequent feedbacks at the weather and climate scales). Additionally, I am
involved in scientific visualization in the geosciences and engineering, as
well as investigating the applicability of GRID- and Cloud-based technologies
towards hydrometeorological problem domains.
I am an Associate Professor
in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences & Civil and Environmental
Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. I
received my M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from Penn State and my B.S. in
Atmospheric Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Currently at SD Mines, I am the program director of the Atmospheric and
Environmental Sciences Program and I do research in hydrometeorology, forecast
risk assessment, resiliency and hazards, and climate change.
My teaching specialties
revolve around numerical weather prediction, boundary layer meteorology,
computing in the geosciences, numerical methods and environmental modeling.
I've also taught courses in climate science, remote sensing, and synoptic