I am the Associate Director for the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma’s National Weather Center and I am an Instructor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. I am also the Manager of the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Data Quality Office, located within CIMMS. I have lived and worked in Norman since August 1995 after migrating from the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2011 and 2017.
I am the faculty advisor for OU Green Week and for the Geography and Environmental Sustainability Club. I was named the OU Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Member in April 2017, and was given a College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in September 2017. I normally teach GEOG 3443, Environment and Society, which takes a critical look at human-environment relations past, present, and future. It is a required course for some majors and a Gen Ed upper division elective for anyone. I also now teach ENST 4983, Environmental Studies Capstone, during spring semesters.
Research wise, I am interested in place-based risk perception, Indigenous understandings of weather and climate, environmental discourse, and agricultural land use in relation to drought.