Prof. Clark Evans is a Professor and Chair of Atmospheric Sciences in the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute. He joined UWM’s faculty in 2011 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from Florida State University in 2004, 2006, and 2009.
Clark’s research interests lie with using numerical models to better understand and predict high-impact weather phenomena, particularly tropical cyclones and severe thunderstorms, and in studying how humans perceive, prepare for, and respond to threats from these phenomena. He has published twenty papers in the peer-reviewed literature, many with the graduate and undergraduate students with whom he has worked as lead author, and has served as PI or co-PI on funded awards totaling $4 million (with $2.1 million of that directly to UWM). He was a 2021 recipient of the UWM Office of Research/UWM Foundation Faculty Research Award. More details are available in his Curriculum Vita.
Currently, Clark serves as an Editor for Monthly Weather Review, a member and Chair of the AMS’s Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting, and a member and Chair of the AMS’s Annual Meeting Oversight Committee. He was a 2021 recipient of the UWM Faculty Distinguished University Service Award in recognition of his service to UWM’s Atmospheric Science program, including serving as its chair from 2014 through 2020.
On a personal level, Clark is interested in his faith, running, cycling, sports, hiking, photography, cartography, historical accounts, and traveling. Far too many of his conversations revolve around the weather, even when he’s actively trying to keep this from happening. He is a champion of parks and a fan of the great outdoors, particularly when the sky is blue, the fields are green, and the air is warm. You’ll find him gleeful about the first warm days of spring and counting down the days to daylight saving time in winter. He lives north of Milwaukee with his wife, Susanna. You can follow Clark on Twitter @ClarkEvansWx.
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Dillon Blount is a first-year Ph.D. student. He completed his M.S. in Atmospheric Science at UWM in 2021 and his B.S. in Meteorology at the University of South Alabama in 2019. Working with the Storm Prediction Center, his M.S. research led to the development of a novel vertical sounding standardization and classification method. His Ph.D. research will seek to develop new understanding of the environmental factors influencing early and late starting and ending hurricane seasons, how well they can be predicted, and how hurricane season length may change in the future.
Kevin Prince is a fourth-year Ph.D. student. He completed his M.S. in Atmospheric Science at UWM in 2018 and his B.S. in Meteorology at Central Michigan University in 2016. After developing a climatology of extreme South American cold surges as part of his M.S. research, Kevin shifted gears for his Ph.D. to study how tropical storms and hurricanes influence the midlatitude pattern. He has developed a climatology of tropical cyclone interactions facilitated by the midlatitude pattern and is now studying the contributions of convective-scale forcing to tropical storms’ and hurricanes’ influences to the midlatitude pattern.
Michelle Spencer is a second-year M.S. student. She joined the group in spring 2020 after completing her B.S. in Meteorology at Metro State University-Denver. While at MSU-Denver, she had the opportunity to participate in the National Weather Center’s REU program, through which she was able to study nocturnal low-level jets and their relationship to thunderstorm formation. She is currently working on a NOAA-funded project that is joint with three Gulf Coast National Weather Service offices to evaluate the sensitivity of cold-season severe weather event forecasts to sea-surface temperature uncertainty. She will begin her Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma in spring 2022.
Ari Tickner is a first-year M.S. student. He joined the group in fall 2021 after completing the dual B.S. in Meteorology and Mathematics at the University of Miami. His M.S. research seeks to determine how well we can predict weakly baroclinic intensification and maintenance of tropical storms and hurricanes over land.
Michael Vossen is a first-year Ph.D. student. He completed his M.S. in Atmospheric Science at UWM in 2021 and his B.S. in Meteorology at St. Cloud State University in 2019. His M.S. research sought to better quantify the precise land-surface thermodynamic processes supporting the weakly baroclinic intensification and maintenance of tropical storms and hurricanes over land. Though he is continuing to refine this research, his Ph.D. research will seek to develop and evaluate a convective-watch guidance product based on explicit storm attributes and machine-learning outputs from the forthcoming Rapid Refresh Forecast System.