Prof. Clark Evans is a Professor with the Atmospheric Science Program, part of the School of Freshwater Sciences as of Fall 2021, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). 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 better understanding the dynamics and predictability of high-impact weather phenomena, particularly tropical cyclones and severe thunderstorms. He actively mentors graduate and undergraduate students on research in these areas, using the research to help develop their critical thinking abilities and help them gain the skills necessary for long, productive careers. A full listing of current research may be found on the Research portion of this website.
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 has published twenty manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature, many with his students 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). Full accounts of his funding, publication, service, and award records may be found in his Curriculum Vita.
On a personal level, Clark is interested in the weather, faith, running, sports, the outdoors, hiking, photography, cartography, historical accounts, and traveling. He is a fan of the great outdoors, particularly when the sky is blue, the fields are green, and the air is warm. He counts his wife Susanna as well as his mom, grandparents, and those who persevere in the face of great adversity among the people that inspire him. You can follow Clark on Twitter @ClarkEvansWx.
We use a combination of numerical modeling and theory to conduct research into the dynamics and predictability of a wide variety of mesoscale phenomena, particularly relating to tropical cyclones and severe thunderstorms. Group alumni have gone on to employment in research, operations, and the private sector.
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. He has been working on a NOAA-funded project, joint with the Storm Prediction Center, to evaluate GFS model-forecast soundings and thermodynamic stability parameters in warm-season, thunderstorm-supporting environments.
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. His Ph.D. research focuses on tropical cyclone interactions with the midlatitude waveguide and associated downstream flow impacts.
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. She is currently working on a NOAA-funded project, joint with three Gulf Coast NWS offices, to evaluate cold-season severe-weather event sensitivity to sea-surface temperature variability.
Ariel Tickner-Ernst 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 in Miami. He will be working on an NSF-funded project to quantify the predictability of overland tropical cyclone maintenance and intensification.
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. He has been working on an NSF-funded project to better quantify the precise land-surface thermodynamic processes supporting overland tropical cyclone maintenance and intensification.