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Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
Climate, Weather, and Tourism
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
I am interested in the interrelationship between climate variability and tourism. As assistant director of the Center for Natural Hazards Research, I promote and participate in research and outreach with the goal of reducing the harm caused by natural and human forces to life, business, and the environment.
Overall, my research interests are in tropical meteorology and global precipitation variability, using remotely sensed satellite data. I have written extensively on predicting and describing the El Niño/Southern Oscillation and its global impacts. I am also investigating the summertime climatology of precipitation over Central America and the Caribbean Sea. Current and future work includes connecting climate variability and change to extreme precipitation and applying that to hydrologic responses and flooding. In that vein, I wrote a paper reassessing the Hurricane Floyd flood with satellite, radar, and gauge data.