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Taken April 2015: (back row) John Peters, Erik Nielsen, Bob Tournay
(front row) Stacey Hitchcock, Russ Schumacher, Greg Herman

Russ Schumacher

Assistant Professor

e-mail: russ.schumacher "at" colostate "dot" edu

Russ joined the faculty at Colorado State in the fall of 2011. He received his B.S. with majors in meteorology and humanities from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 2001, and earned his M.S. in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Russ received an Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and spent 2008-2009 at NCAR in Boulder. From 2009-2011, Russ was assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. He received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2010, and was selected as Outstanding Professor of the Year by the students of the department in 2012. He was selected to receive the Editor's Award for the journals Monthly Weather Review and Weather and Forecasting in 2015.

Current Graduate Students

John Peters

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010
M.S., atmospheric science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012
e-mail: jpeters3 "at" atmos "dot" colostate "dot" edu

John joined the research group in the fall of 2012, after completing an M.S. degree in atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the direction of Paul Roebber. John is studying the dynamics and predictability of heavy-rain-producing convective systems.

Greg Herman

B.S., University of Washington, 2013
e-mail: gherman "at" atmos "dot" colostate "dot" edu

Greg joined the research group in the fall of 2013 from the University of Washington. Greg will be conducting research on improving probabilistic weather forecasts.

Erik Nielsen

B.S., Texas A&M University, 2013
e-mail: erikrn "at" atmos "dot" colostate "dot" edu

Erik joined the research group in the fall of 2013 from Texas A&M University. Erik will be conducting research on connections between tropical and midlatitude extreme precipitation.

Bob Tournay

e-mail: rtournay "at" atmos "dot" colostate "dot" edu

Bob, a major in the United States Air Force, joined the research group in the fall of 2013. His research will revolve around improving data assimilation and modeling for short-term prediction of convection.

Stacey Hitchcock

B.S., University of Oklahoma, 2012
M.S., University of Oklahoma, 2014
e-mail: smhitch "at" rams "dot" colostate "dot" edu

Stacey joined the research group in the spring of 2015 after earning her M.S. from the University of Oklahoma. Her Ph.D. research will focus on mesoscale convective systems, including observations obtained during the PECAN field campaign.

Former Graduate Students

Annareli Morales

M.S., 2014

Annareli received her M.S. in December 2014 after completing her thesis on mesoscale aspects of the September 2013 extreme rainfall and flooding in Colorado. Annareli was co-advised by Russ Schumacher and Sonia Kreidenweis, and is currently a Ph.D. student in atmospheric science at the University of Michigan.

Vanessa Vincente

M.S., 2014

Vanessa earned her M.S. in May 2014 after completing her thesis, which included a multi-disciplinary study of heavy precipitation along the Front Range of Colorado. Vanessa was one of the students supported by CSU I-WATER, an interdisciplinary program training graduate students in hydrology, atmospheric science, and ecology. She currently works for the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University.

Charles Yost

M.S., 2013

Charles earned his M.S. in the spring of 2013 after completing his thesis on displacement biases in numerical forecasts of convective systems. He currently works for OneRain in Longmont, CO.

Samantha Lynch

M.S., 2012

Sammy earned her M.S. in December 2012 after completing her thesis that involved ensemble synoptic analysis of widespread extreme rain events, including the Nashville, TN flood of 2010. Sammy currently works for Warner Chilcott Corporation.

Kelly Keene

M.S., 2011 (from Texas A&M University)

Kelly earned her M.S. in August 2011 after completing her thesis on the "bow and arrow" phenomenon. She is currently an Associate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO.

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