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David Schultz

Prof. David M. Schultz

david.schultz at manchester dot ac dot uk

David Schultz is a Professor of Synoptic Meteorology in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester. A US citizen, he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from MIT (BS, 1987), University of Washington (MS, 1990), and State University of New York at Albany (PhD, 1996). He was a research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory and University of Oklahoma, and Professor of Experimental Meteorology at the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

He is the Chief Editor of Monthly Weather Review, the longest-running meteorological journal in the world. He is also the author of Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, and Atmospheric Scientist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, a member of the American Meteorological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He won the 2012 Best Teacher in the School, as well as the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and in 2014 he was awarded the University of Manchester Teaching Excellence Award. He lives in York, UK, with his wife Dr. Yvette Hancock, a lecturer at the University of York in Physics, and their two bichons Tesla and Quanta.

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Geraint Vaughan

Prof. Geraint Vaughan

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geraint.vaughan at manchester dot ac dot uk

A native of North Wales, Prof. Vaughan gained his BA from Cambridge University and DPhil from Oxford. He started his research career in the Meteorological Office, initially on rocket-borne measurements of mesospheric ozone, then on airborne measurements of stratosphere-troposphere exchange. In 1984 he joined the Physics department at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, moving to Manchester in January 2005.

Prof Vaughan's research interests are concerned with measurements of atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, and interpreting those measurements in terms of the meteorological processes involved. He is Director of Weather Research for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), overseeing a programme of research on the weather across seven UK Universities. Prof Vaughan has a particular interest in active remote-sensing, using light and radio waves; he is a major user of the NERC Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere radar facility near Aberystwyth, and operates a number of lidars at this site to measure profiles of ozone, aerosols and humidity. He is also responsible for mobile remote-sensing instruments as part of the Facility for Ground-based Atmospheric Measurements, another NCAS facility.

Currently, he is working on mesoscale structures in weather systems, the impact of convection on the upper tropical troposphere, the transport of chemicals from the boundary layer to the free troposphere, remote sensing of the boundary layer and interpretation of clear-air radar echoes and improvements in lidar profiling of the atmosphere. Prof. Vaughan is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, a member of the American Geophysical Union, and an associate editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Gordon McFiggans

Prof. Gordon McFiggans

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g dot mcfiggans at manchester dot ac dot uk

Gordon's main research interests lie on the processes forming and transforming atmospheric aerosol, with emphasis on how they interact with trace gases and clouds. These processes modifying aerosol composition and size are responsible for the changes in properties that impact on their climatic impacts, and quantifying these processes will help reduce the uncertainty in climate change due to aerosols. Although Gordon maintains his own research group in modelling, field and chamber experiment activities, he's included here as an honorary member of the Dynamic Meteorology group because of the cosupervision of students that we share and our joint interests in air-chemistry modeling using WRF-Chem.

Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr. Bogdan Antonescu

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bogdan.antonescu at manchester dot ac dot uk

Bogdan Antonescu came to our group in 2010 from Romania, where he received a PhD in atmospheric physics from the University of Bucharest in 2010. He was a researcher and forecaster at the National Meteorological Administration, where he made the first-ever tornado forecast for Romania. He has published the first cloud-to-ground lightning climatology for Romania. He initially worked on the TROSIAD project with Geraint Vaughan and myself in order to understand how deep moist convection is related to tropopause folds. His first paper on this topic has been published in Monthly Weather Review. He is using data from the MST vertically-profiling wind radar, the Nimrod UK weather radar network, and radiosondes. He is involved in forecaster training with the EUMeTrain program, a project supported by EUMETSAT. In 2014, he started an AXA Postdoctoral Fellowship on convective storms in Europe, and now is working on a NERC-funded grant on the origins of instability in the atmosphere. His current research interest is better understanding of the risk of severe storms in Europe. In 2016, he published the first climatology of tornadoes in Europe in 99 years.

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Jonathan Fairman

Dr. Jonathan Fairman

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jonathan dot fairman at manchester dot ac dot uk

Jonathan Fairman joined the group in June 2012. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he attended Ohio State University (BS in 2004, MS in 2006) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (PhD in 2011). In the US, he worked on long-term, high-resolution simulations of the climate on Kilamanjaro and how land-use changes affect the precipitation on the glaciers. He is working on quasistationary banded precipitation in the lee of orography, funded by the PRESTO project (PREcipitation STructures over Orography), a collaboration with Dan Kirshbaum (McGill University) and Sue Gray (University of Reading). He has expertise with numerical models of glaciers and of the atmosphere, as well expertise in processing and making sense out of large atmospheric datasets. He is also responsible for the weather model component of the ManUniCast project. After teaching two courses, he co-developed the Build Your Own Earth project, a web page where students can explore the factors affecting the Earth's climate. He is presently funded to model the factors that infuence severe storms in Europe.

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Doctoral Research Students

Declan Valters

Declan Valters

declan dot valters at postgrad dot manchester dot ac dot uk

Declan joined the group in 2013 after gaining an MEarthSci degree from Edinburgh University. He originally comes from the other side of the Pennines in Yorkshire. He is researching the links between atmospheric dynamics and geomorphology, combining the WRF model with landscape evolution models. He is jointly supervised by Dr Simon Brocklehurst in the Basin Studies (Earth Surface Processes) research group.

Callum Thompson

Callum Thompson

callum dot thompson at postgrad dot manchester dot ac dot uk

Callum is a PhD student in the department having joined in September 2014. Previous to this, he completed his BSc at University of Edinburgh in Mathematics & Physics and his MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. He works on inertial instability and its effect on tropical cyclones. He will build a global climatology of inertial instability in the troposphere and its relationship to the tropical cyclone best track data. He will also perform idealised and real case simulations using WRF.

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Jennifer Evans

jennifer dot evans at liverpool dot ac dot uk

Jenny is a BSc maths graduate of the University of Bristol. She is currently undertaking a NERC-DTP funded PhD in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. The primary focus of her research is to investigate how higher-resolution meteorological modelling (WRF) coupled with surge-wave models will improve storm-surge forecasting in the Bay of Bengal. She is co-supervised with her lead supervisors Kevin Horsburgh and Judith Wolf.

Cristian Muñoz Castillo

Cristian Muñoz Castillo

cristian dot munozcastillo at postgrad dot manchester dot ac dot uk

Cristian joined our group on February 2015. He was born in Chile, where he graduated as a Geophysicist (Universidad de Concepcion) and obtained his MSc at the Universidad de Chile in 2014. He is currently working on cut-off lows impinging on northern-central Chile, and his main academic interests includes both synoptic and large-scale meteorology.

David Williams

David Williams

David dot Williams2 at liverpool dot ac dot uk

David started a NERC-DTP funded PhD in October 2015 at the University of Liverpool, after studying at Imperial College London for his MSci degree in Geophysics. He is primarily focussed on the hazard that meteorological tsunami pose on the European shelf, modelling them with a high resolution WRF-Telemac coupled model. He is co-supervised by Kevin Horsburgh and Chris Wilson.

Anna Beukenhorst

Anna Beukenhorst

Anna dot Beukenhorst at postgrad dot manchester dot ac dot uk

Anna's main research interest is in healthcare innovation through data science. She gained an interdisciplinary BSc in biology with minor in computer science, and an MSc in health informatics, both from the University of Amsterdam. At the University of Manchester, she has joined the research project Cloudy with a Chance of Pain, investigating the relationship between the weather and chronic pain symptoms. In this nationwide study, 12,000 patients report their symptoms each day, which are coupled with hourly local weather conditions. Analysing these enormous amounts of data, interpreting the weather variables and pain reports, and generating personalised pain predictions, are some of the challenges of her PhD project.

Masters Students

Victoria Trost

Victoria Trost

Victoria dot Trost at postgrad dot manchester dot ac dot uk

A native of Oregon she got a B.S. in meteorology with minors in math and physics from the University of Oklahoma. During her time at Oklahoma she participated in a 6-month exchange program at the University of Reading. She is currently working on a research project looking at the ice nucleation efficiency of glacial flour, co-supervised by Paul Connolly.

Undergraduate Research Students

Nuffield Research Students

Nathan Ridding: The UK dry season. Summer 2015.

Matthew Purslow: Does dry air affect tornado outbreaks in hurricanes? Summer 2014.


Ph.D. Students

Şeyda Tilev Tanriover Şeyda Tilev Tanriover Şeyda received her BS degree in Meteorology and MSc degree in Satellite Communication and Remote Sensing from Istanbul Technical University, where she works as a research assistant. Her MSc dissertation was on assimilation of GPS-RO data into mesoscale models. She is a member of the group working on severe convective storms in Turkey, including building a storm database, and investigating environmental conditions as well as their predictability. Her current research focuses on developing an objective severe weather climatology of Turkey using high-resolution dynamical modelling. She is now teaching meteorology in Abu Dhabi and defended her dissertatoon on 4 November 2016.

Sam Hardy Sam Hardy Sam Hardy joined our group in autumn 2012. He received an MMet degree from the University of Reading in 2011, a four-year meteorology program that included a year studying at the University of Oklahoma. He is studying the structure and evolution of extratropical cyclones and fronts, cosupervised with Geraint Vaughan. His first project is to understand the physical processes involved in the September 2012 floods across the UK. His first paper on this topic has been accepted in review at Monthly Weather Review. Away from studying, he has a keen interest in many sports, particularly football and cricket, and also loves live music. Sam defended his dissertation on 24 November 2016 and is now a postdoc at the University of Leeds.

Modise Wiston Modise Wiston Modise has a MSc in Physics from the University of Botswana. His dissertation was on the influence of large-scale dynamics of southern Africa weather and climate patterns. He has an interest in both weather forecasting and aerosol physics. His research will look at whether aerosols from power plants in Botswana have affected the distribution and intensity of precipitation. He is using the WRF-Chem model. He is cosupervised by Prof. Gordon McFiggans. Modise's PhD thesis was accepted in October 2016.

Chris Fairless Chris Fairless Christopher Fairless joined the group in autumn 2011. He comes from Cambridge where he received BA in mathematics and a MPhil in Environmental Science, majoring in atmospheric modelling. He is a NERC-funded student studying the polar lows in the Arctic using the Arctic System Reanalysis. He is jointly supervised with Christian Franzke of the University of Hamburg. Chris graduated with his PhD in 2016 and is presently working at RMS.

Kelsey Mulder Kelsey Mulder Twitter
Kelsey Mulder joined our group in autumn 2012. She was an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 2010. She completed her MS in Geography at East Carolina University in 2012, working with Prof. Burrell Montz. She was awarded a Dean's Scholarship to come to the University of Manchester to study tornadoes in the UK and Europe. She was the co-chair of the 2014 and 2015 American Meteorological Society Student Conferences. She graduated in October 2015.

Dr. Tim Slater: Ph.D., University of Manchester, 2015. Prof. Geraint Vaughan, coadvisor
Project: Strong Winds in Extratropical Cyclones.
Now: Consultant, Eden Nuclear and Environment, Cumbria, UK

Dr. Scott Archer-Nicholls: Ph.D., University of Manchester, 2014. Prof. Gordon McFiggans, coadvisor
Project: Evaluated Developments in the WRF-Chem Model: Comparison with Observations and Evaluation of Impacts.
Now: Researcher, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Dr. Jesse Norris: Ph.D., University of Manchester, 2014. Prof. Geraint Vaughan, coadvisor
Project: Dynamics and Organisation of Precipitation Bands in the Midlatitudes.
Now: Assistant Specialist, Earth Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Dr. Pamela Heinselman: Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2004. Prof. Frederick Carr, coadvisor
Project: Intraseasonal variability of summer storms over Central Arizona
Now: Research scientist, NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory and affiliate professor of the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology

M.S. Students


Binghuan Guo

Binghuan got her Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science in 2013 from Chengdu University of Information and Technology. She grew up in Hubei Province, China. In June and July, the Mei-Yu Front is commonly found in the Yangtze and Huaihe Regions, bringing heavy rains to her hometown. Curious about the seasonal rainfalls, she continues her postgraduate study to learn more about the Mei-Yu front and convective storms. Now she is working on the relationships between physical gradients of temperature and moisture and the intensity of convective storms along the Mei-Yu Front. She graduated in fall 2014.

Marjo Hoikkanen: M.S., University of Helsinki and Vaisala Oyj, 2009.
Project: Using the WXT as a disdromenter.
Now: At Finnish Meteorological Institute

Tuomo Bergmann: M.S., University of Helsinki and Vaisala Oyj, 2008.
Project: Testbed observing network.

Prof. Kevin Goebbert: M.S., University of Oklahoma, 2006. Prof. Frederick Carr, coadvisor
Project: Extreme warm fronts.
Now: Professor at Valparaiso University

Patrick Burke: M.S., University of Oklahoma, 2002.
Project: A 4-yr climatology of cold-season bow echoes over the continental United States.
Now: Forecaster, NOAA/National Weather Service/Hydrometeorological Prediction Center

Undergraduate Research Students

Katy Mulqueen: University of Manchester, 2014. Project: Double-front cyclones over the eastern North Atlantic Ocean.
Now: At Rolls Royce

Katie Plumridge: University of Manchester, 2014. Project: Tornado outbreaks in the UK.

Fiona Lomas: University of Manchester, 2013. Project: Tornadoes in Europe.
Now: Sustainability Consultant, Scott Hughes Design

Amelia Martin: University of Manchester, 2013. Project: The climatology of severe hail across Europe.

Sairah Khalid: University of Manchester, 2013. Project: Dry air in hurricanes.
Now: Energy Analyst, Energy and Carbon Management Limited

Emily Davies: University of Manchester, 2013. Project: The formation of tropical storms at low sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic basin.

David Burkill: University of Manchester, 2013. Project: Educational resources for the Manchester Museum.

Kyriacos Demetriou NERC Summer Placement, University of Manchester 2012. Dr. Stefan Schroeder, cosupervisor.
Project: Paleo atmospheric chemistry, using the Berner GEOCARBSULF model and rocks from South Africa 2.5 billion years ago.
Now: Third-year chemistry student at the University of Manchester.

Jess Bradley: University of Manchester, 2012.
Project: Ammonium in rain water from Holme Moss, UK.
Now: PhD student, Department of Planning, University of Manchester

Jodie Peachey: University of Manchester, 2012.
Project: How forecasts expressing uncertainty are perceived by UK students.
Now: Student, University of Edinburgh

John Lawson: University of Manchester, 2010, 2011. Prof. Geraint Vaughan, coadvisor
Project: Identifying fronts in MST radar data.
Now: Ph.D. student at Iowa State University.

Katherine Horgan: Research Experience for Undergraduates, 2005. Robert Johns, Steve Corfidi, and Jack Hales, coadvisors
Project: A five-year climatology of elevated severe convective storms in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.
Now: Scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Virginia, doing research in meteorology and RF propagation.

Prof. Matt van den Broeke: Research Experience for Undergraduates, 2004. Robert Johns, Jeff Evans, and Jack Hales, coadvisors
Project: Cloud-to-ground lightning production in strongly forced, low-instability convective lines associated with damaging wind.
Now: Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Matthew Clark: CAPSTONE, University of Oklahoma, 2004.
Project: Oklahoma cold fronts.
Now: At the Met Office.

Prof. Nick Metz: Research Experience for Undergraduates, 2003. Robert Johns, coadvisor
Project: Extratropical cyclones with multiple warm-front-like baroclinic zones and their relationship to severe convective storms
Now: Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Eric Ware: CAPSTONE, University of Oklahoma, 2003.
Project: Improving snowfall forecasting by accounting for the climatological variability of snow density

Addison Love Sears-Collins: Research Experience for Undergraduates, 2002. Robert Johns, coadvisor.
Project: The spatial and temporal variability of drizzle in the United States and Canada
Now: Founder of visahunter.com and author of Online Dating Success: How to Find Love Anywhere in the World.

Prof. Russ Schumacher: Research Experience for Undergraduates, 2000.
Project: The role of inertial instability in the troposphere.
Now: Professor at Colorado State University. Four-time champion and Tournament of Champion winner at Jeopardy!.

Jeffrey Connors: Research Experience for Undergraduates, 1999.
Project: The squall line associated with the cyclone of 9-11 November 1998
Now: AECOM Technology Corporation

Prof. Steven Decker: Research Experience for Undergraduates, 1998.
Project: Potential vorticity and flash floods.
Now: Professor at Rutgers University.

Last update: 17 July 2016