Are you interested in joining an intellectually-stimulating research team that conducts exciting mesoscale meteorological research? We seek up to one graduate student, level of study open, to join our research group for graduate study beginning in Fall 2017. In recent years, we've conducted extensive research into the predictability and dynamics of convection initiation and mesoscale convective systems, and we look to continue that research with a prospective student interested in either of the following projects:
Lake-Crossing Mesoscale Convective System Predictability: The proposed Michigan Thunderstorm and Marine Experiment seeks to collect observations within the near- and over-Great Lakes environment to improve understanding of lake-interacting mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) and the marine atmospheric boundary layer (MABL). This project seeks to quantify the extent to which ensemble data assimilation of these observations improves MCS and MABL structure and evolution forecasts within the near- and over-lake environment.
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 (the so-called "brown ocean" effect). This project seeks to reconcile competing theories as to the physical processes that result in the requisite enthalpy fluxes.
Teaching and/or research assistantships are available to support a student on these projects. Our group prioritizes students presenting their research at AMS conferences and publishing their research in AMS journals, and our alumni have found gainful post-graduate employment across the field. We're happy to help prospective students shape either of the above projects to match their interests in support of applications for graduate fellowship programs. To express interest in or for more information about these opportunities, please contact Prof. Evans.