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Faculty contribute to the interdisciplinary Center for Sustainability and Master of Science in Sustainable Tourism in many and varied ways reflecting the multidisciplinary interest on the campus in sustainable tourism and a generous willingness to engage in the research, teaching and outreach activities of the center. Examples of these contributions include service on the MS-ST Faculty Graduate Committee, on thesis and non-thesis projects, on search committees, in recruiting and mentoring students, on external funding activities, on special projects and initiatives, in teaching core courses, on interdisciplinary research and publication efforts and on hosting visiting scholars, among others. Faculty affiliates are encouraged to cross over with other disciplines in research interests to the extent possible in order to become fully aware of, and take advantage of, the many interdisciplinary approaches and opportunities.
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.