Team

Dr. Jeffrey B. Basara (Team Lead)

Associate Professor, School of Meteorology
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Executive Associate Director, Hydrology and Water Security Program
Director, Kessler Atmospheric and Ecological Field Station

 

B.S., Atmospheric Science (1994), Purdue University
M.S., Meteorology (1998), University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Meteorology (2001), University of Oklahoma

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Dr Basara’s specific research interests are focused on the integration of our understanding across weather, climate, water, and ecosystems. His research activities includes land-atmosphere interactions, the physical processes which impact the development of the planetary boundary layer, droughts, flash floods, the development, validation, and improvement of land surface models used in numerical weather prediction, urban meteorology, severe weather, instrumentation, severe winter weather, and the validation of remotely sensed soil moisture and skin temperature from satellite mounted instruments.  Many of these research projects require collaboration with other scientists and interdisciplinary partnerships. Currently, Dr. Basara serves as the Director of the Kessler Atmospheric and Ecological Field Station and works closely with scientists across multiple disciplines to increase the overall understanding of the complex interactions within the environmental column.

Dr. Jordan Christian


Postdoctoral Scientist

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2014), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Atmospheric Science (2017), University of Wyoming
Ph.D., Meteorology (2020), University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Land-Atmosphere interactions,  Drought and Pluvial dipoles, Flash Drought.

Taylor Grace

 

M.S. Student; Graduate Research Assistant

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2019), University of North Carolina – Charlotte
M.S., Meteorology (2021), University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Heatwaves, compound/cascading events.

Stuart Edris

 

Ph.D. Student; Graduate Research Assistant

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2018), University of Oklahoma
B.S., Geography (2018), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2020), University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Drought, flash drought, predictability.

Bryony Puxley

 

Ph.D. Student; Graduate Research Assistant (co-advised with Dr. Elinor Martin)

 

B.S., Meteorology (2019), University of Reading
M.S., Meteorology (2021), University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Weather/climate whiplash events, extreme transitions.

 

Daniel Mesheske

 

Ph.D. Student; Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant

 

 

B.S., Environmental Science (2010), University of West Virginia
M.S., Environmental Science (2020), University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Satellite Remote Sensing, drought, flash drought.

 

Henry Olayiwola

 

Ph.D. Student; Graduate Research Assistant

 

 

B.S., Meteorology and Climate Science (2016), Federal University of Technology Akure
M.S.,Meteorology and Climate Science (2021), Federal University of Technology Akure

Research Interests: Satellite Remote Sensing, Compound Events.

 

Devon Woods


Ph.D. Student; Graduate Research Assistant (co-advised with  Dr. Pierre Kirstetter)

 

 

B.S., Environmental Science and Management (2015), University of Rhode Island
M.S., Environmental Science and Management (2019), University of Rhode Island

Research Interests: Hydrometeorology, Environmental Science.

Ben Fellman

 

M.S. Student; Graduate Research Assistant

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2021), Millersville University

Research Interests: Severe Weather, Flash Drought

Stephen Foskey

 

Ph.D. Student; Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2020), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2022), University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Subseasonal to seasonal processes and impacts.

Austin Dixon

 

Ph.D. Student; Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2017), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2019), University of Wisconsin

Research Interests: Severe Weather, Tornadogenesis

Alumni

Noah Brauer

 

 

 

 

B.S., Atmospheric Science (2015), University of Colorado
M.S., Meteorology (2019), University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Meteorology (2022), University of Oklahoma (co-advised with Dr. Pierre Kirstetter)

 

Alyssa Woodward

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2020), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2022), University of Oklahoma

 

Dr. Ryann Wakefield

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2016), Rutgers University
M.S., Meteorology (2018), University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Meteorology (2018), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: A 16-Year Observational Analysis of Land-Atmosphere Coupling in Oklahoma Using Mesonet and North American Regional Reanalysis Data

Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Disentangling the relative contribution of land-atmosphere coupling toward the evolution of extreme events.

 

Emily West

 

 

 

 

B.S. Student; Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

Sara Wugofski

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2017), Florida State University
M.S., Meteorology (2019), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: Synoptic and Mesoscale Analysis of the 2015 Southern Great Plains Flash Pluvial

 

Greg Jennrich

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2017), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2019), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: Synoptic Characteristics and Precursors to Subseasonal to Seasonal Extreme Precipitation Events Across the United States (co-advised, and led, by Dr. Jason Furtado)

Dr. Paul X. Flanagan

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2013), Florida State University
M.S., Meteorology (2015), University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Meteorology (2018), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: The Dryline, Convective Initiation, and Rapid Evolution of Drought in Oklahoma During 2011

Ph.D. Dissertation Title: The Changing Hydroclimate of the United States Great Plains: Meteorological and Climatological Impacts on Water Resources

Currently employed at the USDA.

 

Nicholas Balderas

 

 

 

 

B.S. Meteorology (2017), University of Oklahoma

 

Dr. Bradley G. Illston

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2000), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2002), University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Meteorology (2016), University of Oklahoma

Hayden R. Mahan

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2014), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2016), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: In-Situ Measurements and Remotely Sensed Estimations of Surface Fluxes over the Southern Great Plains of the United States

Jing Liu

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2012), Nanjing University
M.S., Meteorology (2015), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: Quantitative Analysis of Evapotranspiration Climatology and Variation at Oklahoma Mesonet Sites during Drought Period

 

Dr. Kodi Nemunaitis-Berry

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology/Climatology (2001), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.S., Meteorology (2003), University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Meteorology (2014), University of Oklahoma

Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Observational and model analyses of the Oklahoma City urban heat island

Currently employed at the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

Lindsay Tardif-Huber

 

 

 

 

B.S., Atmospheric Sciences (2007), Plymouth State University
M.S., Meteorology (2011), University of Oklahoma

Currently employed by the National Weather Service.

Aaron Gleason

B.S., Meteorology (2009), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2011), University of Oklahoma

Currently employed by the Storm Prediction Center.

Dr. Amanda Schroeder

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2008), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2010), University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Meteorology (2015), University of Georgia

M.S. Thesis Title: A Quantitative Description of the Oklahoma City Urban Heat Island

Currently employed by the National Weather Service.

Justin W. Monroe

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2005), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2007), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: Evaluating NARR surface Reanalysis Variables and NLDAS Using Oklahoma Mesonet Observations

Currently employed by the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies

James E. Hocker

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2004), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2006), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: A Geographic Information Based Analysis of Supercell and Squall Line Storms Swaths Across Oklahoma

Currently employed by the Oklahoma Mesonet

Daniel R. Cheresnick

 

 

 

 

B.S., Meteorology (2003), University of Oklahoma
M.S., Meteorology (2005), University of Oklahoma

Currently employed as a Senior Meteorologist at Global Weather Corporation


Peter K. Hall

B.S., Atmospheric Science (2002), Purdue University
M.S., Meteorology (2004), University of Oklahoma

M.S. Thesis Title: The Urban Environment of Oklahoma City: Spatial and Temporal Analysis of the Meteorological Conditions

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