Current Faculty

    Bosart, Lance F.

    Distinguished Professor
    Campus Address: ES 227
    Phone: 518-442-4564

    Research Interests: I have broad research interests in planetary-scale, synoptic-scale and mesoscale meteorology. I work on a variety of multiscale (time and space) research problems that relate to the weather and climate of higher- and middle-latitude regions as well as the tropics. Research problems that involve winter storms, hurricanes, organized convective systems and the predictability of individual flow regimes are especially attractive to me. I am especially interested in problems at the weather-climate interface. I am also interested in the weather analysis and forecasting process including forecast verification studies and the measurement and assessment of forecaster skill.

    Corbosiero, Kristen L.

    Assistant Professor
    Campus Address: ES 321
    Phone: 518-442-5852

    Research Interests: Dr. Kristen L. Corbosiero studies the structure and intensity change of tropical cyclones using both observational data sets and high-resolution numerical models. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the physical processes responsible for the formation of hurricane rainbands and secondary eyewalls, and how tropical cyclones respond to, and evolve in, vertical wind shear. In addition, Dr. Corbosiero is currently pursuing research aimed at understanding the role of cloud microphysical parameterizations on the track and intensity of simulated tropical cyclones, the mechanisms of rapid intensity change in hurricanes, and the impact of recurving eastern North Pacific tropical cyclones on the North American Monsoon System.

    Dai, Aiguo

    Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 310
    Phone: 518-442-4474

    Research Interests: Climate variability and change, future climate change, the global water cycle, hydroclimate, drought, Asian monsoons, and climate data analysis

    Elison Timm, Oliver

    Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 351
    Phone: 518-442-3584

    Research Interests: Paleoclimate and impacts of future climate change on regional climate and environments.

    Idone, Vincent P.

    Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 214
    Phone: 518-442-4577

    Research Interests: Atmospheric electricity and lightning, especially the study of triggered (or artificially initiated) lightning using highly time-resolved imagery of the luminous processes propagating along lightning channels.

    Johnson, Roberta M.

    Clinical Professor
    Campus Address: ES 212
    Phone: 518-442-4561

    Research Interests: Dr. Johnson's research has focused on upper atmospheric and lower thermospheric dynamics in high latitude regions, with an emphasis on space weather and solar terrestrial coupling. Since 1995 she has been very active in education and outreach programs. She served a decade as the founding Director of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Prior to that, she was a research scientist at the University of Michigan, the Director of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, and a Research Physicist at SRI International. She regularly serves as an advisor on education, cyber-learning, and diversity to federal agencies, international organizations, and professional societies.  Dr. Johnson has offered hundreds of professional development workshops (in-person as well as on-line courses and web seminars) for teachers, reaching thousands of teachers annually. She conceived of and has led the development of Windows to the Universe ( since its inception, reaching well over 100 million users since the project began. She has done extensive work on climate change education (as well as the use of modeling in the classroom) for the public, students, and educators since 1997 through development of online educational resources, exhibits, lectures, publications, and workshop.

    Keesee, Robert G.

    Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 214
    Phone: 518-442-4566

    Research Interests: Chemistry of planetary atmospheres, atmospheric aerosols, nucleation phenomena, ion solvation, gas-surface interactions, ion-molecule and ion-aerosol interactions, chemical and physical properties of molecular clusters and aerosols

    Keyser, Daniel

    Campus Address: ES 224
    Phone: 518-442-4559

    Research Interests: Synoptic-dynamic and mesoscale meteorology; phenomenological and process studies conducted through the application of dynamical models and diagnostics to selected types of weather systems, such as extratropical and tropical cyclones, fronts, jet streaks, coherent tropopause disturbances, banded precipitation systems, and inertia-gravity waves.

    Lang, Andrea

    Assistant Professor
    Campus Address: ES 323
    Phone: 518-442-4558

    Research Interests: Synoptic dynamic meteorology, the role of the synoptic scale in troposphere-stratosphere coupling, weather-climate interactions.

    Liu, Jiping

    Assistant Professor
    Campus Address: ES 211
    Phone: 518-442-4048

    Research Interests: Climate-Cryosphere Dynamics, Feedbacks and Modeling, Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean Interactions, Application of Remote Sensing in Oceans

    Minder, Justin R.

    Assistant Professor
    Campus Address: ES 339B
    Phone: 518-437-3732

    Research Interests: Mountain weather and climate; regional climate; mesoscale dynamics; hydrometeorology

    Molinari, John

    Research Professor
    Campus Address: ES 225
    Phone: 518-442-4562

    Research Interests: Tropical cyclone formation and intensity change; Role of vertical wind shear at all stages of tropical cyclones; Lightning in tropical disturbances; Tropical waves; Monsoons and monsoon disturbances. We do both observational and high-resolution numerical modeling studies.

    Rose, Brian E.J.

    Assistant Professor
    Campus Address: ES 315
    Phone: 518-442-4477

    Research Interests: Global-scale climate dynamics, heat transport in the atmosphere and ocean and their interaction, climate sensitivity and feedbacks, the role of sea ice in the global climate system, paleoclimate and idealized climate modeling.

    Roundy, Paul E.

    Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 339A
    Phone: 518-442-4476

    Research Interests: Dr. Roundy studies waves of the tropical atmosphere and ocean and how these waves interact with one another and with atmospheric moist deep convection to modulate global weather and climate. Areas of emphasis include analysis of observations to study modulation of tropical cyclogenesis and the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) by convectively coupled waves and intraseasonal oscillations.

    Tang, Brian

    Assistant Professor
    Campus Address: ES 324
    Phone: 518-442-4572

    Research Interests: My research focuses on aspects of tropical cyclones, including their formation, intensification, and interaction with other components of the climate system. I am interested in how vertical wind shear weakens tropical cyclones through ventilation, how tropospheric moisture affects the development of tropical disturbances, and what sets the variability of tropical disturbances and genesis productivity globally and regionally.

    Thorncroft, Christopher D.

    Chair and Professor
    Campus Address: ES 226
    Phone: 518-442-4555

    Research Interests: My research is mainly focused on improving our understanding of the West African monsoon and how it impacts Atlantic tropical cyclone variability. The research spans a wide range of timescales from diurnal to multidecadal. At the weather scale my research is focused on understanding the physical processed that impact the nature  and variability of African easterly waves (AEWs). This includes a special emphasis on how AEWs interact with the ubiquitous mesoscale convective systems and ultimately how this affects the probability that AEWs will help spawn tropical cyclones. Recent work at the weather scale has also emphasized the role of convectively coupled equatorial waves on the West African monsoon and Atlantic tropical cyclogenesis frequency. At the climate scale I am interested in better understanding the annual cycle of the West African monsoon as well as the processes that impact interannual to decadal variability and predictability of Sahel rainfall.

    Torn, Ryan

    Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 229
    Phone: 518-442-4560

    Research Interests: Predictability, data assimilation, synoptic and mesoscale meteorology.

    Vuille, Mathias

    Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 311
    Phone: 518-442-4472

    Research Interests: Climate variability and climate change in tropical South America and East Africa, tropical glacier-climate interactions, tropical paleoclimatology.

    Wang, Junhong (June)

    Research Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 339C
    Phone: 518-442-3478

    Research Interests: Climate observations, data creation and analysis, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) measurements and applications, and sounding technology and data quality.

    Zhou, Liming

    Associate Professor
    Campus Address: ES 312
    Phone: 518-442-4446

    Research Interests: Land-surface remote sensing, land-climate interactions, and land-surface modeling