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Curriculum Vitae

Stephen Taylor
 Associate Professor of Physical Sciences
Kauai Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Phone: 808.245.8332
Email: svt "at" hawaii.edu
Web: https://tinyurl.com/KauaiTaylor

Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography (2006)
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California San Diego
M.A. in Geography (2001)
    University of California Santa Barbara
B.S. in Physics (1993)
    University of California Santa Barbara

Professional Appointments
2016-pres.- Associate Professor, Division of Science and Mathematics, Kaua‘i Community College
2012-2016 - Assistant Professor, Division of Science and Mathematics, Kaua‘i Community College
2008-2012 - Tenure-Track Instructional Faculty, Division of Science and Mathematics Kaua‘i Community College
2008 - Lecturer, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego
2008 - Adjunct Faculty, Geography Program, San Diego Mesa College
2007-2008 - Postdoctoral Associate, Hydrologic Research Center, San Diego, California
2001-2006 - Hydrologic Scientist, Hydrologic Research Center, San Diego, California
2001-2004 - Wave and Weather Forecaster, Wetsand.com, Ventura, California (reinvented as Surfbunker.com)

Astronomy, Geology, Oceanography, Physics

Projects and Research
  • Climate Change Outreach: Working with a small but growing group that seeks to accelerate local climate mitigation and adaptation efforts by increasing climate literacy across our community
  • Climate Research: Satellite and buoy wind observations were used to characterize surface boundary layer atmospheric circulation and associated upper tropospheric and ocean circulation in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean
  • Coastal Geomorphology: Coastal change monitoring and coastal dynamics research on West Kauai beaches conducted under the leadership of sedimentary geologist, Charles Blay
  • Land Surface Hydrology: Land surface hydrology research and technology transfer focused on rainfall, flash flood prediction and warning systems, and use of hourly through seasonal forecasts to guide reservoir management 
  • Science Education: Science education research, assessment, development of hands-on activities, student project advising, and recruitment efforts focused mainly on lower-division undergraduate students
Wo Learning Champions Change Agent (2013)
Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching (2011)

Refereed Publications
  • Taylor, S.V., D.R. Cayan, N.E. Graham, and K.P. Georgakakos (2008), “Northerly surface winds over the eastern North Pacific Ocean in spring and summer, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, D02110, doi:10.1029/2006JD008053. [Abstract] [Full Text]
  • Carpenter, T.M., S.V. Taylor, K.P. Georgakakos, J. Wang, E. Shamir, and J.A. Sperfslage (2007), "Surveying flash flood response in mountain streams," Eos Trans. AGU, 88(6), 69, doi:10.1029/2007EO060001. [Abstract] [Full Text]
  • Taylor, S.V. (2006), “Northerly surface wind events over the eastern North Pacific Ocean: Spatial distribution, seasonality, atmospheric circulation, and forcing,” Doctoral Dissertation, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, 133 pp. [Full Text]
Selected Conference Presentations
  • Guidry, M., A. Eschenberg, F.W. McCoy, M.A. McManus, J.K. Delay, K. Lee, S.V. Taylor, J. Dire, and D. Krupp (2017), “Creating and maintaining a successful geoscience pathway from 2YC to 4YC for Native Hawaiian Students: First Steps.” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Dec. 2017, Abstract ED22B-08.
  • Taylor, S.V., Hovan, S.A., and M. Jones (2017) "A Big Lesson From Tiny Forams: A Simple Hands-on Activity For How Scientists Infer Climate of the Past," Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Oct. 2017, Abstract No. 299631.
  • Blay, C.T, S.V. Taylor, J.J. Rothenberg, R. Pap (2014) "Kauai Island’s Fluctuating Sandy Beaches: Response to Varying Wave Energy and Approach Azimuth over Seasonal and Decadal Time Scales," Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Oct. 2014, Paper No. 196-12.
  • Harris, S., J.E. Schoonmaker, S.V. Taylor (2014) "University Students’ Ideas about Climate Concepts Lack Systems Dynamics Thinking,"  Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Oct. 2014, Paper No. 245-13.
  • Harris, S., S.V. Taylor, J.E. Schoonmaker, E. Lane, R. Francois, P. Austin (2011), “Measuring Student Improvement in Lower‐ and Upper‐Level University Climate Science Courses”. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Dec. 2011, Abstract ED11B-0773.
  • Taylor, S.V. (2006), "Understanding the Greenhouse Effect Using Clear vs Cloudy Sky Diurnal Temperature Observations," Eos Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract ED41A-07.
  • Taylor, S.V., N.E. Graham, D.R. Cayan, J. Wang, and K.P. Georgakakos (2006), "Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation Associated With Northwesterly Surface Wind Events Along the US West Coast," Eos Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract A43C-0152.
Technical Reports
  • Georgakakos, K.P., S.V. Taylor, N.E. Graham (2010), “Implications of Dynamic Downscaling of Climate Forecast System (CFS) Information for Ensemble Streamflow Predictions in Northern California.”  Hydrologic Research Center Technical Note No. 42A (2.5MB pdf).
  • Georgakakos, K.P., R.W. Jubach, J.A. Sperfslage, T.M. Carpenter, and S.V. Taylor (2007), Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS) with Global Coverage: System Implementation Plan.  Hydrologic Research Center Limited Distribution Report No. 28, NOAA-2007-FFGS01, 41 pp.
  • Georgakakos, K.P., N.E. Graham, T.M. Carpenter, E. Shamir, J. Wang, J.A. Sperfslage, and S.V. Taylor (2006), Integrated forecast and reservoir management (INFORM) for Northern California: System development and initial demonstration. Hydrologic Research Center Technical Report No. 5, 415 pp (24MB pdf available at HRC Reports page).
  • Graham, N.E., S.V. Taylor, J.A. Sperfslage, T.M. Carpenter, and K.P. Georgakakos (2001) Training and technology transfer for enhancing the spatial variability of historical raingauge precipitation fields for extended streamflow prediction analysis with the Nile Forecast System. Hydrologic Research Center Technical Note No. 15, 48 pp.
Educational and Professional Development Workshops 
Posts and Committees
Coordinator, Associate of Science in Natural Science (ASNS) Degree Program
Coordinator, Marine Option Program (MOP)
Chair, General Education Diversification Board
Division Personnel Committee
International Education Committee
Sustainability Committee
Course Evaluation System Ad-hoc Committee
Academic Dean Fact Finding Ad-hoc Committee