Matthew Campbell
Graduate Student

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Graduate Student
Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences



I am currently a first-year graduate student, studying drought in the southern Great Plains. My advisors are Dr. Craig Ferguson and Dr. Lance Bosart.

I am originally from Boca Raton, Florida, just north of Miami. My passion for weather originates from experiencing countless afternoon sea-breeze thunderstorms and from being hit by hurricanes – including Frances, Jeanne, and Wilma, all within thirteen months of each other! After graduating high school I attended The Ohio State University (OSU) where I received a BS in Atmospheric Sciences with minors in Geographic Information Sciences and Geography. During my undergraduate career at OSU, I participated in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. My research was on mesoscale convective systems, resulting in a publication in Weather and Forecasting that I lead-authored: "Structure and motion of severe-wind-producing mesoscale convective systems and derechos in relation to the mean wind." Also, during my time at OSU, I was a student volunteer at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, and I served as president of both the Meteorology Club at Ohio State, as well as the Scarlet and Grey Weather Forecasting Team which I developed.

Aside from studying weather, I enjoy spending time outdoors and experiencing the weather through activities such as fishing, kayaking, sightseeing, and playing sports. In the coming years I am excited to dive further into drought research, explore the northeast region surrounding Albany, and become involved in the weather community at SUNY Albany.