Next: Monday 8th October 2018


Presented by: Jennifer Collins & Charlie Paxton

Ferguson Lecture Theatre 

Bishop's Stortford College.  CM23 2PJ.


Jennifer Collins, Professor of Geosciences at the University of South Florida (former resident of Bishop’s Stortford) and Charlie Paxton, Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Channelside Weather LLC (former Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service, Tampa Bay, FL).

"On Oct 8th, we will be discussing the myriad of weather that impacts Florida, particularly hurricanes, which we highlight in our recent book, "Florida Weather and Climate: More than just Sunshine". In addition, the presenters will  relate some of their discussion to weather impacts on the United Kingdom. They will also focus on Florida compared to the UK climate. Jennifer Collins will discuss how the Great Storm of 1987 encouraged her interest into the field of Meteorology."

Dr. Jennifer Collins went to school at St. Josephs, St. Mary’s and The Bishop’s Stortford High School.  She completed her BSc at Lancaster University, and PhD at University College London.  She is now an Associate Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Her main research area is hurricanes and she first got interested in this field when the storm of 1987 which had hurricane force winds (though it was not a hurricane) hit on her birthday. As a hurricane researcher, Dr. Collins is interested in the interaction between large scale climatic patterns such as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and seasonal patterns of tropical cyclone activity in multiple oceanic basins. 

She is currently studying the environmental factors influencing the year to year variation, and within the season variation, of hurricane activity in the eastern North Pacific and Atlantic oceans. As well as her work in the physical sciences she also works in the social sciences as she examines human behavior relating to hurricane evacuation. 

In addition to her hurricane work, Dr. Collins works in other areas related to weather, climate and hazards. She works closely on projects with the National Weather Service involving tornadoes and fog. In addition, she collaborates with international researchers and works in the area of climate change. 

Dr. Collins is the President of the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, former Chair of the Climate Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers and serves on the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Unidata strategic advisory committee. 

Ferguson Lecture Theatre

Bishop's Stortford College.  CM23 2PJ.
Doors open at 6:45pm for refreshments and a 7:15pm start

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