Are you interested in studying severe storm environments, thunderstorm dynamics, or tropical cyclone intensity change? Our research group has openings for three graduate students to join us in Fall 2019. While we are open to discussing any potential research topic of interest, specific research projects that prospective graduate students in our group may become involved with include:
Evaluating Severe Storm Environment Predictions from Next-Generation Global Models: Forecasters extensively use model-derived soundings to help predict severe storm occurrence, severity, and mode. In collaboration with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, this project seeks to quantify how well NCEP's next-generation FV3 global model can forecast thunderstorm-supporting environments. The student working on this project will have the opportunity to lead the research in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed for 2-4 weeks per year and will be supported by up to two years of research assistant funding at $23,222/year.
Overland Tropical Cyclone Reintensification: Previous research by Prof. Evans and others has quantified the importance of surface enthalpy fluxes over strongly-heated wet land surfaces to overland tropical cyclone reintensification for events such as Tropical Storm Erin over Oklahoma in 2007. This project seeks to reconcile competing theories as to the physical processes that allow for tropical cyclone intensity to be maintained over land. The student working on this project will likely be supported in the first year by a teaching assistantship with the potential for research assistant support in subsequent years.
Mesoscale Convective System Decay: An MCS becomes outflow-dominant, with an outward-spreading density current that is increasingly unable to lift parcels to their level of free convection, with a descending rear-inflow jet as it begins to decay. Using idealized numerical simulations, this project seeks to quantify the relative contributions of increasing low-level stability and decreasing/veering low-level winds to fostering MCS outflow-dominance and rear-inflow jet descent in a wide range of realistic MCS environments. The student working on this project will be supported in the first year by a teaching assistantship.
Lake-Crossing Mesoscale Convective System Predictability: The proposed Michigan Thunderstorm and Marine Experiment seeks to collect observations in the Lake Michigan environment to improve understanding of MCSs that interact with large water bodies. This project seeks to quantify the extent to which MCS structure (particularly the rear-inflow jet) and propagation mechanism (cold-pool vs. bore) in the near- and over-lake environment are predictable. This project is contingent on funding support; the first semester of study would be as a teaching assistant, whereas subsequent semesters would be supported as a research assistant.
Students in our group have the opportunity to present their research at one or more AMS conferences per year and to publish their research findings in AMS journals. Group alumni have a strong track record of post-graduation employment across the field. We're happy to help prospective students shape these or related ideas in support of applications to graduate fellowship programs. To express interest in or for more information about these opportunities, please contact Prof. Evans.