M.S. Environmental Science
Major Professor: Dr. Ted Endreny
Major Professor: Dr. Huiting Mao
Atmospheric modeling, case studies in severe lake effect snowstorms off Lake Ontario.
Research in atmospheric modeling assisted by Dr. Rober Ballentine, SUNY Oswego
Model Technical development and support, Kenneth Ballentine, student at the Rochester Institute of Technology
M.S. Graduate Assitance supported by NASA GCCE Grant with ESF's:
Dr. Chuck Spuches
Dr. David Johnson Former (PI)
Dr. Lindi Quackenbush
Dr. Robert Malmsheimer (PI)
Dr. Richard Beal
I am a Meteorologist with over 30 years experience. Until the end of 2008, for almost 20 years, I was formerly with WSYR TV Syracuse specializing in lake effect snowstorms and atmospheric patterns which produce them. Prior to that I worked in Raleigh, North Carolina, Oklahoma City and in Rochester, New York where I started my television career.
In the early 2000s, while still in television, I began teaching and since then I have held adjunct positions at SUNY Oswego and Onondaga Community College where I have taught Introductory Meteorology, Forecasting and Broadcast Meteorology. Near the end of 2008, my interest in teaching, climate change and mesoscale atmospheric modeling and the need for more time with family moved me into a new career path. I went back to school, got an undergraduate degree in environmental science at the end of 2009. I then completed a master's degree in environmental science at SUNY ESF in June 2011 and am now working toward my PhD at ESF in the same area of study. My research is in modeling severe lake effect snow storms and their atmospheric signatures during their peak intensity. Hopefully there will be broad applications to this work in climate change science, hydrology, and meteorology.
As a TV Meteorologist, I have won awards for severe weather coverage of the superstorm of March 1993, Hurricane Gloria, and for educating the public in the science of Meteorology. My largest two projects in television were bringing Doppler radar to Central New York, and managing the running of mesoscale atmospheric models for distribution of model output to other television stations within our company throughout New York State.
Since January 2006, I have given scores of talks and presentations on climate change science to thousands of Central New Yorkers. For a good number of years, I have also worked with SUNY-ESF speaking with Syracuse City School District students at the “SUNY-ESF/SCSD Environmental Challenge” science fair and in 2008, moderated SUNY-ESF’s seminar series “CNY's Response to Global Energy and Climate Change Challenges” working with community leaders across all of Central New York on local efforts toward the mitigation of our carbon footprint. The courses I now teach at SUNY ESF are focused on climate change, global weather patterns and potential regional impacts as a result of climate change. I teach climate change science with a meteorological perspective.