I teach a range of courses in meteorology and climatology, and the courses listed below are rotated in a way that they can be offered regularly. Occasionally, I will teach special topics, independent study, and research courses directed toward a particular student or group of students. All courses use the University of Memphis eCourseware system.

Hurricane Katrina at Category 5 Intensity
2:50 p.m. CDT, 28 August 2005
Winds 175 mph, Pressure 26.75 inches

ESCI 1010 - Weather and Climate (4 credits)

Atmospheric processes and geographic distribution of radiation, moisture, pressure, and circulation interacting to create weather systems and storms; oceanic influences, earth-sun relationships, global climate patterns; human interaction with atmosphere. Laboratory exercises, observations, and experiments designed to apply scientific methods.

Prerequisite: None

EF-2 Tornado northwest of Turkey, TX
28 March 2007

ESCI 3131 - Severe Weather (3 credits)

Descriptive account of the physical processes important in the formation of blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and heat waves.

Prerequisite: ESCI 1010

Instrumental Palmer Drought Severity Index
Composite of June-August 1931-1940
Red/Orange = Dry
Blue/Green = Wet

ESCI 4214/6214 - Climatology (3 credits)

Climatic elements and methods of data analysis; applications of climatology in agriculture, health, economics, and architecture.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1010, MATH 1710, and PHYS 2010 or permission of instructor

Atmospheric Motion
850, 500, and 300 mb Pressure Levels
May-July 1988

ESCI 4215/6215 - Physical Climatology (3 credits)

Components of earth's energy balance, emphasis on solar radiation, heat transfer, and evapotranspiration.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1010 and PHYS 2110

  • Availability: Unknown

The 2010 Bomb
26 October 2010

ESCI 4216/6216 - Synoptic Meteorology (3 credits)

Physical processes in the atmosphere applied to analysis and interpretation of synoptic (regional) scale systems using weather maps, upper-air soundings, satellite and radar imagery, and computer model output. Introduction to techniques used in weather forecasting.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1010, MATH 1710, and PHYS 2010 or permission of instructor

The Great Pueblo Drought AD 1276-1297
Tree-Ring Reconstructed JJA PDSI
North American Drought Atlas

ESCI 4252/6252 - Global Environmental Change (3 credits)

Characteristics of natural systems; magnitude of human alteration of environmental systems; history of natural change in climate and landscape; impact of changes.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

JJA Drought Area Index with 60-Year Spline
Western United States AD 800-2005
Tree-Ring Reconstructed
North American Drought Atlas

ESCI 4521/6521 - Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

An introduction to the quantitative methods used by geographers. We will discuss the nature of geographic datasets, ways in which numerical data may be presented, and statistical measures, tests, and modeling. This course is not about how to derive or solve equations. Instead, it is a combination of lecture and exercises with an emphasis on application. Students will gain experience with statistical scripting languages, specifically SAS and R, to apply quantitative methods to the broad field of geography.

Prerequisite: None

Cars Driving Through Flash Flood
Osserling, Ontario
August 2015

ESCI 7010/8010 - Urban Resilience to Flooding (3 credits)

This is an interdisciplinary class, framed within a research project, investigating the theme of urban resilience in relation to surface water-related issues, especially flash flooding. Cross-listed with PLAN and CIVL.

Prerequisite: None

3-D Image of a Tornadic Supercell
Greensburg, KS EF-5 Tornado
9:54 p.m. CDT, 4 May 2007

ESCI 7131 - Seminar in Extreme Weather (3 credits)

Advanced study in the physical processes important in the formation of blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and heat waves. Reconstruction of past extreme weather events.

Prerequisite: ESCI 6216 or permission of instructor

El Año de Hambre, AD 1785-1786
Tree-Ring Reconstructed JJA PDSI

Mexican Drought Atlas

ESCI 7301 - Seminar in Geography (3 credits)

This is a course that can cover a wide range of topics in the interdisciplinary field of geography.

The topic for Fall 2016 is paleoclimatology.

This course reviews Earth’s climate history using historical and paleoclimate proxy data. After a review of modern climatology, the teleconnections, and historical climatology, the course introduces the different dating and reconstruction methods in paleoclimatology. It then moves through Earth’s climate history with each topic including selections from the peer-reviewed literature. Students will also receive a working knowledge of the various tools and databases used to study past climate.

Prerequisites: None