Each year, our research group typically has openings for one or more graduate students to join us for study beginning in the following academic year. Currently, we anticipate having one opening for an incoming graduate student in spring or fall 2021, ideally at the M.S. level, to work on an NSF-funded project studying overland tropical cyclone intensity change. A description of this research project may be found below. Please feel free to contact Prof. Evans to express interest in or to inquire about more information regarding these opportunities – I’d love to chat with you!

Overland Tropical Cyclone Maintenance: Previous research by Prof. Evans and others has quantified the importance of surface enthalpy fluxes over strongly heated wet land surfaces to overland tropical cyclone intensity maintenance for events such as Tropical Storm Erin over Oklahoma in 2007. We’re looking for an incoming M.S. student to lead research using ensemble data assimilation and high-resolution numerical simulations to quantify the relative contributions of physical-process and atmospheric-condition uncertainty to forecast overland intensity change. The student working on this project will be supported by two years of research assistant funding at $23,222/yr, plus tuition waiver.

I treat all students with respect, viewing you all as peers rather than underlings. I work to get to know each student on an individual basis and tailor my mentoring approach to your unique needs and abilities. I strive to ensure that all students in our group have the opportunity to present their research at one or more AMS conferences per year and to publish their research findings as lead author in AMS journals. Group alumni have strong track records of external recognition (awards, etc.) for their research and academic abilities, and all have chosen to continue their studies to the Ph.D. and/or have found gainful post-graduation employment across the field and beyond. Finally, I’m happy to help you shape any project or ideas you have in support of applications to graduate fellowship programs (such as those offered by NSF and NASA) where applicable – if you’re interested in anything we’re working on, let’s talk!