American Geophysical Union experts available to comment on science of hurricanes

Hurricane Maria near peak intensity, moving north towards Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017.
Credit: Naval Research Laboratory/NOAA.

Several members of the American Geophysical Union are available to comment on the science of hurricanes and their impacts, including storm modeling and prediction, how climate change affects storms, historic hurricane activity, the evolution of coastal systems, damage mitigation and rebuilding.

Suzana Camargo is the Lamont Research Professor of ocean and climate physics at Lamont Doherty Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York. Her expertise is on the relationship between hurricanes and climate from intra-seasonal to centennial time scales. She studies various aspects of that relationship, including tropical cyclone genesis, intensity and more.
Email: suzana@ldeo.columbia.edu
Phone: +1 (845) 365-8640

Jennifer Collins is an associate professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her research focuses on the interaction between large scale climatic patterns such as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and seasonal patterns of hurricane activity. She also investigates how hurricane activity varies within the season and examines human behavior relating to hurricane evacuation. Dr. Collins published a paper in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters on how the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season was unusual.
Email: collinsjm@usf.edu
Phone: +1 (570) 594-1932

Chris Davis is the Associate Director for the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. His expertise is in hurricane formation and the transition of hurricanes into extratropical storms. He also has experience in numerical modeling of hurricanes and in developing methods to assess error sources in storm track and intensity forecasts.
Email: cdavis@ucar.edu
Phone: +1 (303) 497-8990

James Done is a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He has expertise on the impact of climate change on hurricanes, assessing storm potential damage, and analyzing the costs and benefits of wind-building codes in Florida. He also recently developed a new index for quantifying a hurricane’s ability to cause destruction.
Email: done@ucar.edu
Phone: +1 (303) 497-8209

Jeffrey Donnelly is an associate scientist in geology and geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He is an expert in historic and prehistoric hurricane activity. His research focuses on developing reconstructions of past hurricanes through sedimentary archives.
Email: jdonnelly@whoi.edu
Phone: +1 (508) 289-2994

James Elsner is the Earl B. and Sophia H. Shaw Professor and Chair of Geography at Florida State University in Tallahassee. His expertise is on what hurricanes and tornadoes might be like in the future as the planet continues to warm.
Email: jelsner@fsu.edu
Phone: +1 (303) 497-8990

Cheryl Hapke is a coastal geologist and director of the USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is an expert on the evolution of coastal systems in a variety of settings, including barrier islands, the Pacific coast, and more. Her most recent research focused on the coastal response and recovery from Hurricane Sandy along the Long Island coastline. She served as the coastal science subject matter expert on a detail to FEMA in the aftermath of the storm.
Email: chapke@usgs.gov
Phone: +1 (727) 424-8797

Wei Mei is an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His expertise is on the interactions between hurricanes, the ocean and climate. He studies how large-scale atmospheric conditions and underlying ocean states affect hurricane activity on various time scales and how hurricanes shape the ocean-atmosphere system.
Email: wmei@email.unc.edu
Phone: +1 (919) 962-0173

Ryan Sriver is an assistant professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He specializes in climate dynamics, climate variability and change, uncertainty quantification and Earth system modeling.  A major focus of his work is in understanding the relationship between hurricanes and climate across all timescales.
Email: rsriver@illinois.edu
Phone: +1 (217) 300-0364

Jill Trepanier is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She has expertise in hurricane climatology, with an emphasis on the statistical assessment of risk. She works with observational databases of hurricane intensity and storm surge to best understand the combined risk along the U.S. coast.
Email: jtrepa3@lsu.edu
Phone: +1 (225) 819-6592

Robert Young is the director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He is an expert in hurricane storm impacts, storm surge flooding, coastal protection and beach nourishment, storm damage mitigation, coastal management and policy related to hurricane rebuilding, federal flood insurance, green infrastructure, and dune restoration.
Email: ryoung@email.wcu.edu
Phone: +1 (828) 506-2216

Fuqing Zhang is a professor of meteorology and director of the Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. He is an expert in hurricane modeling, hurricane intensity prediction, ensemble and probabilistic forecasting, observing strategy, and the use of aircraft and satellite data for better hurricane prediction.
Email: fzhang@psu.edu
Phone: +1 (814) 865-0470

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