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earned a B.S. in Meteorology (1989) from Texas A&M University,
and a MS (1992) and PhD (1997) in Atmospheric Science from Colorado
State University. He was briefly a post-doctoral researcher in the
Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (1997).
Following that appointment, he was a post-doctoral Fellow at the
Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State
University (1997-1999) where he was also employed as a Research
Scientist position (1999-2006). He joined NOAA in 2006 as a
Meteorologist in the NESDIS Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch
located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
As a student, he concentrated on topics related to tropical climate
variability including El Nino/Southern Oscillation, monsoons, tropical
cyclones and large-scale Atlantic climatology. The focus of his more
recent studies, including his postdoctoral work, has been on
observational aspects of hurricane structure and intensity variations
and prediction. Much of that work has led to the development of
forecast applications that have been transferred to operations at the
NESDIS, the National Hurricane Center, the Joint Typhoon Warning
Center, and tropical cyclone warning centers worldwide. These efforts
have led to many awards. In 2004, he received the NOAA David Johnson
Award for basic research for improving the understanding of tropical
phenomenon and predicting tropical cyclone intensity, accompanied by
exemplary transfer of the results into operational products. He has
also been awarded Department of Commerce Bronze Medals in 2007, 2010,
and 2012 and was a member of a team that received the Colorado
Governor's Award for High Impact Research in 2012.