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Dr. Gregory Goodrich, WKU Meteorology Faculty Dr. Gregory Goodrich, Meteorology Program Leader

Associate Professor of Meteorology/Geography

Office: EST 431

Phone: (270) 745-5986

Email: gregory.goodrich@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: Dr. Gregory Goodrich joined the faculty in 2005 after completing his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His research focuses on how multi-decadal climate teleconnections such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) influence precipitation patterns associated with interannual teleconnections such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). He is especially interested in the impact of drought and precipitation patterns on agriculture. Dr. Goodrich is also interested in climate regionalization and has developed seasonal drought models based on a number of climatic variables. Dr. Goodrich has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed Journals, including Climate Research, Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society, and Weather and Forecasting. For more information about his research topics and agenda, contact Dr. Goodrich at gregory.goodrich@wku.edu.


WKU Meteorology Faculty: Scott Dobler

Scott Dobler

Instructor of Geography                               

KGA Co-Director

Office: EST 361

Phone: (270) 745-7078

Email: scott.dobler@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: Scott Dobler recently joined the faculty and is a synoptic climatologist. For the past decade, Scott has been employed in the private sector as a GIS specialist and education consultant, as well as serving in the Kentucky National Guard as an E-7. He has broad teaching and research interests in the fields of meteorology, climatology, human-environment interaction, demography, folklore, K-12 education, and economics. Scott is actively pursuing research topics that address various economic development problems in Kentucky. One factor has been the impact of legal and illegal migrants on Kentucky farming communities. For more information about his teaching and research interests contact Scott at scott.dobler@wku.edu. He would especially like to hear from Kentucky K-12 teachers interested in geoscience pedagogy development.


WKU Meteorology Faculty: Dr. Josh Durkee

Dr. Joshua Durkee

Associate Professor of Meteorology/Geography

Office: EST 362

Phone: (270) 745-8777

Email: joshua.durkee@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: joined the Department in Fall 2008 after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His primary research interests include assessing the role of mesoscale convective complexes (MCCs) in precipitation variability in North and South America. He is particularly interested in using space-borne instruments, such as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, for estimating rainfall. He is also interested in understanding how changes in land cover may alter the physical and rainfall characteristics of MCCs. Josh has also published research pertaining to severe wind storms that are not associated with thunderstorms. He is particularly interested in developing dynamic models that help determine the various origins of these non-convective wind events (NCWEs), and coupling these models with remote sensing data in order to improve the forecast for these potentially dangerous wind storms. Josh has also conducted education-based research with the aim of improving teaching and learning of science and mathematics in introductory weather and climate laboratories and developing modern educational student assessment tools. For more information about these or other of his research projects, as well as opportunities for research collaboration, feel free to contact Dr. Durkee at joshua.durkee@wku.edu.


WKU Meteorology Faculty: Dr. Xingang Fan

Dr. Xingang Fan

Assistant Professor of Meteorology/Geography

Office: EST 360

Phone: (270) 745-7078

Email: xingang.fan@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: Dr. Xingang Fan joined the Department in August 2009. He is an atmospheric scientist with interests in weather and climate modeling and prediction, as well as in multidisciplinary areas such as soil temperature and moisture, land use and vegetation, and geothermal heat flow. His long-term interests concern the impact of land surfaces on weather and climate, particularly soil temperature and moisture. His ongoing project funded by NASA is to downscale climate simulations and future projections to regional scales, and study their impacts on ecosystems through modeling. The downscaled regional climate model has many important potential applications in other fields. In the mesoscale modeling area, he has conducted research on satellite data assimilation in an attempt to improve cloud modeling, surface wind modeling, and ultimately to improve the accuracy of weather and climate prediction. Dr. Fan has broad interests in weather, climate, and environmental sciences. You can contact him via email at xingang.fan@wku.edu for more information about his research and projects, as well as for opportunities in collaborative research.


WKU Meteorology Faculty: Dr. Stuart Foster

Dr. Stuart Foster

Professor of Geography

Kentucky State Climatologist, President - AASC

Directory of Kentucky Climate Center & Kentucky Mesonet

Office: EST 432  |  Phone: (270) 745-5983

Email: stuart.foster@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: Dr. Stuart Foster is a geographer with technical interests in data visualization and analysis, including the development and application of varying-parameter models and other tools for exploratory spatial data analysis. His topical interests are centered on climatology. He received a Ph.D. in Geography from The Ohio State University. He serves as the State Climatologist for Kentucky and is Director of the Kentucky Climate Center. He is a member of the Kentucky Drought Mitigation and Response Team and serves as co-chair of the Climate and Water Resources Data Team. Dr. Foster is also Director of the Kentucky Mesonet, a research-grade network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations that serves the Commonwealth. Dr. Foster serves as the 2012-2013 President of the American Association of State Climatologists. For more information about his research interests, the Kentucky Climate Center, or the Kentucky Mesonet, contact Dr. Foster at stuart.foster@wku.edu.


WKU Meteorology Faculty: Dr. Rezaul Mahmood

Dr. Rezaul Mahmood

Professor of Geography/Meteorology

Associate Director of the Kentucky Mesonet & Kentucky Climate Center

Office: EST 359  |  Phone: (270) 745-5979

Email: rezaul.mahmood@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: specializes in hydroclimatology (soil moisture and precipitation) and agricultural climatology. Currently, he is working on the soil moisture climatology of the Northern Great Plains and its relationship with long-term climate conditions: impacts of land use on near-surface hydrologic cycle components, including soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and temperature; drought, surface solar radiation modeling and dew point temperature modeling. He also investigates scale issues in soil-moisture measurement and modeling. Over the past few years, Rezaul has conducted research on monsoonal precipitation and soil moisture availability, modeling their impacts on rainfed rice productivity. He also has examined climate change and temperature variability and modeled their impacts on crop productivity, irrigation water requirements, and cropping pattern. Rezaul has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed Journals, including Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Ecological Modeling, Physical Geography, and Progress in Physical Geography. For more information about his research topics and agenda, visit his Vita, or contact Dr. Mahmood at rezaul.mahmood@wku.edu.


WKU Meteorology Faculty: Dr. L. Michael Trapasso

Dr. L. Michael Trapasso

Emeritus Professor of Geography

Curator - Weather Museum

Office: EST 352

Phone: (270) 745-2407

Email: micheal.trapasso@wku.edu

   

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