Biographical Information

I grew up in Windom, Minnesota -- a small farming community of about 4500 people located in the southwestern corner of MN. After graduating from Windom Area High School, I attended the University of Minnesota-Morris where I majored in mathematics and minored in physics. After completing my B.A. in 1985, I moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with the intention of obtaining a graduate degree in computer science. But theoretical computer classes bored me and I soon realized that my interests would be better served through the application of my basic science background to the field of meteorology (a childhood fascination).

Inspired like many others by the severe storms research in Norman, Oklahoma, I moved south in the fall of 1986 to attend graduate school at the University of Oklahoma and to work as a graduate research assistant at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). After completing my M.S. in Meteorology in 1989, I accepted a a Research Associate position with the University of Colorado/Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CU/CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado where I worked collaboratively with scientists in NSSL's Mesoscale Research and Applications Division. Eventually I left CU/CIRES to return to school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where I completed my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science in the Spring of 1997.

I am currently a Research Scientist with the University of Oklahoma/Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (OU/CIMMS) in Norman, Oklahoma. My office is located at the University of Oklahoma research park (near Max Wesheimer airport) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NOAA/NSSL), where I work with NSSL and CIMMS meteorologists, physicists, and engineers in the NSSL Radar Research and Development Division Doppler Radar and Remote Sensing Research Group on cloud physics and polarimetric radar research. I am also on the graduate faculty at the University of Oklahoma and an Associate Editor of the Journal Weather and Forecasting.