Are you interested in studying severe storm environments, thunderstorm dynamics, or tropical cyclone intensity change? Each year, our research group typically has openings for one or more graduate students to join us for study beginning in the following academic year. Opportunities for students beginning in Fall 2020 will be posted in early Fall 2019. In the interim, recent project opportunities for prospective graduate students have included:
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.
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 be supported by up to three years of research assistant funding.
Developing an Objective Convective Watch Guidance Product: An appealing attribute of high-resolution numerical forecasts is the ability to extract proxies for processes and features such as thunderstorm formation and storm severity. This research, in collaboration with the Storm Prediction Center and National Severe Storms Laboratory, seeks to develop and evaluate an objective convective watch guidance product based on explicit storm attributes forecast by the state-of-the-art NEWS-e system. If funded, up to three years of research assistant support will be available beginning in the fall for a student on this project.
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 present their research at one or more AMS conferences per year and publish their research findings (as lead author) 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.