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



Yuqing WangYuqing Wang


Jingxia ZhaoJinxia Zhao

Assistant Professor

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



Bin WangBin Wang

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