Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
Current Weather Conditions at IAS
Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Faculty
The variety of educational and professional qualifications of
staff members makes it possible to provide a strong atmospheric science
curriculum with its associated research opportunities. A brief outline of staff
qualifications is given below:
Department Head and Professor :
Andrew G. Detwiler -
Ph.D., atmospheric sciences, State University of New
York at Albany. Aircraft measurements, atmospheric physics, and remote
Briant L. Davis - Ph.D., geology, University of California, Los Angeles.
X-ray diffraction analysis, nucleation, and air pollution.
Paul L. Smith - Ph.D., electrical engineering, Carnegie Institute of
Technology. Radar meteorology, cloud physics, and weather modification.
John H. Helsdon, Jr. - Ph.D., atmospheric sciences, State University of New
York at Albany. Cloud electrification, lightning, numerical modeling, and
cloud physics and dynamics.
Mark R. Hjelmfelt
- Ph.D., meteorology, University of Chicago. Mesoscale
meteorology, modeling, radar meteorology, and cloud physics.
William J. Capehart
- Ph.D., meteorology, Pennsylvania State University. Land-surface
processes, surface satellite remote sensing, hydrometeorology
Pallaoor V. Sundareshwar - Ph.D.,
biology, University of South Carolina. Biogeochemistry, wetland ecology.
Donna V. Kliche -
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, SDSM&T. Satellite remote sensing of biomass burning and aerosols, air quality,
scientific analysis of data, meteorology
Associate Professor Emeritus:
John H. Hirsch - M.S., meteorology, Pennsylvania State University.
Numerical modeling and meteorological instrumentation.
L. Ronald Johnson - M.S., physics, South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology. Air pollution, air quality modeling, rainfall estimation, working
with large datasets.
James R. Miller, Jr. - M.S., meteorology, South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology. Rain and hail analysis and applied climatology.
Dennis J. Musil - M.S., meteorology, South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology. Cloud physics and hailstorms/thunderstorms.
Adam French -
Ph.D., atmospheric science, North Carolina State University. Severe storms,
mesoscale meteorology, numerical modeling, and forecasting.
Lisa Kunza -
Ecology, Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming.
Aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, phycology, outreach.
Darren Clabo -
atmospheric science, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Fire Meteorology, Radar Meteorology, Mesoscale
Department of Atmospheric and
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