Research has been central to the department’s activities since its inception. Despite the department’s modest size, an impressive array of research projects are being undertaken by our faculty and students involving field work, experimental work, computer modeling, and theoretical calculations. Our research interests have a primary focus on weather and climate of the tropics, but many projects have application to phenomena of global scope. [ More ]

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Full-Time Graduate Faculty

Steven BusingerSteven Businger

Department Chair



Yi-Leng ChenYi Leng Chen





Pao-Shin ChuPao-Shin Chu

State Climatologist



Jennifer D. Small Griswold

Undergraduate Advisor



Christina KaramperidouChristina Karamperidou

  • Ph.D., Columbia University. ENSO dynamics and predictability, extreme events in response to large-scale climate variability and change, paleoclimate, hydro-climate modeling, machine learning applications in environmental science and climate model optimization.
  • emailname ckaramp
  • Website
  • Curriculum Vitae



Fei-Fei JinFei-Fei Jin





Tim LiTim Li

Graduate Chair



Alison D. NugentAlison Nugent

  • Ph.D., Yale University. Mountain meteorology and Cloud Physics: Orographic convection and precipitation, shallow cloud dynamics, cloud microphysics, aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions, observations and modeling.
  • emailname anugent
  • Curriculum Vitae




Giuseppe TorriGiuseppe Torri

  • Ph.D., Imperial College London. Atmospheric Physics. Precipitating convection, downdraft and cold pool dynamics, severe thunderstorms, and climate change.
  • emailname gtorri
  • Curriculum Vitae




Bin WangBin Wang

Ph.D., Florida State.  Climate dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, and tropical meteorology.




Yuqing WangYuqing Wang



Jingxia ZhaoJinxia Zhao

Associate Instructor




Cooperating Graduate Faculty and Researchers

H. AnnamalaiH. Annamala

Affiliate Researcher, International Pacific Research Center
  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Tropical climate dynamics, climate variability and prediction.
  • emailname hanna
  • IPRC Page



Tiziana CherubiniTiziana Cherubini

Associate Researcher, Institute for Astronomy



Rashed ChowdhuryRashed Chowdhury

Affiliate Researcher




John N. PorterJohn Porter

Associate Researcher, Hawaii Instit. of Geophysics & Planetology, UH-Manoa



Emeritus Faculty

Kevin P. HamiltonKevin Hamilton





Thomas A. SchroederTom Schroeder