Prof. Clark Evans is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and the Chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Program 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, respectively.

Clark’s research uses numerical models to better understand and predict high-impact weather phenomena, particularly tropical cyclones and severe thunderstorms. He is also interested in studying how humans perceive, prepare for, and respond to threats from these phenomena. He has published twenty-six papers in the peer-reviewed literature, many with the graduate and undergraduate students with whom he has worked as lead author, and he has served as PI or co-PI on funded awards totaling $4.7 million (with $2.4 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.

Clark is passionate about service in the profession, at UWM, and in the community. Currently, Clark serves as the Incoming Commissioner for the American Meteorological Society’s Scientific and Technological Activities Commission, an Editor for Monthly Weather Review, a member and Co-Chair of the AMS’s Future of Meetings Task Force, a member of the Developmental Testbed Center’s Science Advisory Board, and a member of UCAR’s Membership Committee. Locally, he is the faculty advisor for The Climate Consensus student organization. He is also a Trustee of the Village of Grafton, WI. He was a 2021 recipient of the UWM Distinguished Faculty University Service Award and 2023 recipient of the UWM Distinguished Faculty Public Service Award.

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 it from happening. He loves parks and trails and is a big fan of being outside, 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 the return of daylight-saving time in winter. He lives north of Milwaukee with his wife, Susanna, and son. You can follow Clark on Twitter @ClarkEvansWx.

Our Group

We’re a small group that prides ourselves on fostering supportive relationships in and beyond the academic environment. Read on to learn more about our background and our research! Or, click here to learn more about our growing roster of group alumni, all of whom have gone on to employment in research, operations, and the private sector.

Kade Barkas

Dillon Blount

Collin DeYoung

Drew Hickok

Ari Tickner

Michael Vossen

Kade Barkas (they/them) is a freshman undergraduate major. They joined the group in spring 2023. Kade is currently studying how meteorological seasons are defined, with an eye towards quantifying the overlap between the severe-weather and hurricane seasons in the southern and eastern United States.

Dillon Blount is a second-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, Dillon’s M.S. research led to the development of a novel vertical sounding standardization and classification method. His Ph.D. research will focus on partitioning contributions to mesoscale convective system rear inflow using wavelet analysis and vorticity inversion techniques applied to both observations and real-data numerical simulations.

Collin DeYoung is a first-year M.S. student. He joined the group in fall 2022 after completing his B.S. in Meteorology at Central Michigan University in 2021. Collin’s M.S. research seeks to develop an objective method for lake-breeze identification in both observations and numerical model data, with applications to observation system simulation experiments designed to provide insight into the observation density needed to reliably observe marine atmospheric boundary layer structure and evolution.

Drew Hickok is a junior undergraduate atmospheric science major. He joined the group in summer 2022. Drew is currently working to develop an updated climatology of tropical cyclones that maintain their intensity or intensify while over land.

Ari Tickner is a second-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. Ari’s 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 second-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. Michael’s 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. He is continuing this research as part of his Ph.D. studies.