FSU faculty available for commentary on 2022 hurricane season
Florida State University professors are leaders in the study of hurricanes and the effects of these destructive storms.
Their fellowship has led to research on infrastructure issues, escape routes, sustainable tools, and mental health issues for people affected by hurricanes. Other researchers are studying the effects on coastal wildlife and developing better tools to improve predictions.
FSU faculty members are available to answer questions from the media and provide perspective to reporting throughout the 2022 hurricane season, which officially runs from June through November.
Four teachers participated in a virtual press briefing about the hurricane season and their expertise.
FORECASTING, TRAINING AND MONITORING
Mark Bourassa, professor of meteorology and associate director of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies
[email protected](850) 644-6923
Bourassa uses on-site and remote observations as well as weather models to study air-sea interactions and how satellites measure what is happening on the Earth’s surface. He specializes in surface waves and the identification of tropical disturbances, possible precursors of tropical cyclones. Bourassa is also a team leader for NASA’s Ocean Vector Wind science team.
Ming Cai, Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Cai studies the relationship between the size and intensity of tropical storms and how this relationship can improve forecasts. A recent publication examined how polar ice and atmospheric water vapor influence variations in climate patterns.
Allison Wing, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
[email protected](850) 644-2245
Wing is a weather and hurricane expert. His research group studies atmospheric dynamics and climate, with particular interest in tropical cyclones and tropical convection, cloud clustering, and thunderstorms. She was appointed to Brilliant 10 from Popular Sciencerecognition for early-career scientists conducting groundbreaking work.
David Merrick, director of the emergency management and homeland security program; Director of the Center for Disaster Risk Policy
[email protected]Office: (850) 644-9961, Cell: (850) 980-7098
Merrick has worked in state emergency management for more than 15 years in roles including planning, external affairs, and flight operations. He developed and currently oversees the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program’s Disaster Incident Research Team, which deploys to disaster-affected areas to conduct field research on disaster management and emergencies. This team has deployed during disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Michael to assist state and local agencies, perform data collection and complete research projects. His research interests include emergency management planning and policy, remote sensing and unmanned aircraft systems, and information technology in emergency management.
Shi-Ling Hsu, Professor D’Alemberte, Faculty of Law
[email protected](850) 644-0726
Hsu is an expert in the areas of environmental and natural resources law, climate change, law and economics, and property. He has published in a wide variety of legal journals and is co-author of the Ocean and Coastal Resources Law casebook. Prior to entering academia, he served as a senior attorney and economist at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. He teaches ownership and interdisciplinary perspectives on climate change.
Eren Ozguven, Associate Professor, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and Director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response (RIDER) Center
[email protected](850) 410-6146
Ozguven directs the Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response Center, which promotes comprehensive and equitable disaster resilience for vulnerable populations. His research interests focus on transport accessibility, modeling of emergency evacuation operations, urban mobility and smart cities and simulation of transport networks. A recent fellowship focuses on the relationships between the various infrastructure networks in Florida and how this contributes to disaster preparedness.
RISK AND INSURANCE
Patricia Born, Payne H. & Charlotte Hodges Midyette Distinguished researcher in risk management and insurance
[email protected](850) 644-7884
Born studies the structure and performance of the insurance market, professional liability, health insurance and the management of catastrophic risks, such as hurricanes and other natural disasters. She has served as president of the American Risk and Insurance Association and the Risk Theory Society and is editor of Risk Management and Insurance Review.
Charles Nyce, Robert L. Atkins Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance and Research Director of the Center for Risk Management Education & Research
[email protected](850) 645-8392
Nyce’s primary area of research is catastrophic risk financing, and he has authored numerous articles on a variety of risk management and insurance topics, including title insurance, credit risk management, business, predictive analysis and natural hazards.
Mathew Hauer, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Center for Demography and Population Health
[email protected](850) 644-7103
Hauer studies the impacts of climate change on society. Recent work has focused on how migration caused by sea level rise could reshape population distribution in the United States in costly and permanent ways. His research has been featured in CNN, The New York Times, The Nation and other publications.
Chris Uejio, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Uejio studies how the physical environment influences human health and well-being. He frequently helps health services understand and adapt to climate change. His recent research includes investigations of extreme heat, disasters and health, adaptation to climate change, and waterborne and mosquito-borne diseases. Uejio has been quoted in the Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times and other media on public health issues, including hurricanes.
Tim Chapin, professor of urban and regional planning and dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy
[email protected](850) 644-5488
Chapin studies urban planning, community planning, resilience and post-disaster redevelopment. He has studied the effectiveness of Florida’s growth management system and is an expert in land use planning, global planning, and state and local roles in growth management.
Thomas Miller, Professor of Biological Sciences
[email protected](850) 644-9823
Miller studies coastal dune vegetation and the forces that influence plant communities on barrier islands, particularly in the northern Gulf of Mexico. He conducted a long-term study of vegetation at several locations to isolate the effects of hurricanes, drought, geomorphology and succession on both the vegetation living on the dunes and on the structure of the dunes themselves. same.
Marcia Mardis, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Communication and Information
[email protected](850) 644-3392
In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which hit Panhandle, Florida in 2018, Mardis partnered with rural public libraries and county governments on projects that developed public libraries as community resources to respond to natural disasters. The work, which is being carried out with grants from the National Science Foundation Civic Innovation Challenge and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, will improve understanding of emergency response operations and contribute to disaster-related policies and plans for rural public libraries and their communities.
Holly Hanessian, Professor and Head of Ceramics Concentration, College of Fine Arts
Hanessian is a Fellow of the International Academy of Ceramics who has taught, lectured, and exhibited sculptural projects and artwork in the United States and internationally. His works include several art-based social practice projects, including an emergency hurricane art kit designed to address both the physical and mental health of hurricane victims and provide items such as mini water filter, books and small ceramic art pieces. Ongoing projects include working with at-risk communities to access clean water, reducing reliance on single-use plastic water bottles, and assisting with disaster relief through FSU’s RIDER Center .