Dr. Dorian J. Burnette's Home Page

Lake Tahoe, CA
Photo by Dan Griffin

Memphis, TN

     Welcome to my domain (pun intended)! My name is Dorian Burnette (I go by the handle "Jay" on TV and radio). I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis. My expertise is in meteorology and climatology ranging from the distant past (i.e., paleoclimate) to modern meteorology. I started out in the operational sector (both TV and private), but I have found my home in academia. My research interests are in historical meteorology and climatology, extreme events, paleoclimate reconstruction from tree rings, societal impacts of weather and climate extremes, and computer programming applications. I also enjoy storm chasing with my own students and other colleagues in the Plains. I do get out as well and enjoy running, swimming, playing golf and basketball, and spending time with friends and family.

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