Nielsen-Gammon holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1991 and was appointed Texas State Climatologist by then-Governor George W. Bush in 2000. He has served as Acting Executive Associate Dean for the College of Geosciences, the chair of the American Meteorological Society Board on Higher Education, and the president of the International Commission for Dynamical Meteorology. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon’s research involves such topics as jet streams, heavy rain, sea breezes, air pollution, data assimilation, climate data quality, and drought monitoring and forecasting. He teaches courses in weather analysis, weather forecasting, atmospheric dynamics, and climatology.
Brent McRoberts holds a PhD from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. Brent has served in the Texas Office of the State Climatologist since early 2005, including a stint working as a research scientist from 2008 through 2010. Brent grew up just outside of Indianapolis, IN before moving to Texas in 2004.
David Coates is a Ph.D student under Dr. Nielsen-Gammon. Originally from coastal Virginia, David received his Bachelor's of Science in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in 2011 before joining the atmospheric sciences graduate program at Texas A&M. His current research interests include signal de-noising, mid-latitude Rossby wave dynamics, turbulence, and weather predictability. He's found that, though not for a lack of trying, he never really acclimated to the heat.
Emily Lewis is currently pursuing a Masters' degree in Ocean Science and Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics and will graduate with both degrees in May 2017. Her goal after graduating is to become a forecaster for either oceanographic needs or weather needs at a private sector company. She has been working at the OSC since November 2014. Emily grew up in Dallas, Texas where she loved watching meteorologists on TV and asking questions about the weather. As she entered high school, she even found her favorite TV Meteorologist, Larry Mowry. Her interests are thunderstorms, radar meteorology and learning abouthow closely related oceanic processes are to atmospheric processes. Emily's hobbies include reading, canoeing and enjoying time outside.
Ryan is planning to graduate with a meteorology degree in December 2016 and then continue his education as a graduate student. He began working at the OSC in August of 2015. Growing up in North Texas he was a regular to severe weather and had a few close encounters with tornadoes in the area. His interests are satellite meteorology, severe weather, and renewable energy technologies in a changing climate. Ryan's hobbies include soccer, kiteboarding, and biking.