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 is a PhD student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University, having already obtained a Masters degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Texas A&M in 2008 and a BS in Synoptic Meteorology from Purdue University in 2004. 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 and marrying the love of his life Kristy in the summer of 2011. Kristy graduated with a BS in Atmospheric Sciences from Texas A&M in 2010. Kristy and Brent enjoy spending free time with friends, family, their dog Bailey, and their cat Peyton, who was named after Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning
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 wave propagation, mid-latitude cyclone dynamics, and jet dynamics, though he hopes to expand to ocean-atmosphere interactions and global heat transport in the near-to-distant future. He's found that, though not for a lack of trying, he never really acclimated to the heat.
Matthew obtained his B.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M in December 2008, became a Masters student under Dr. Nielsen-Gammon in January 2009, and started working in the OSC in September 2012. His research interests focus primarily on numerical weather prediction, and he is currently investigating parameter estimation topics using the WRF model with an Ensemble Kalman Filter for his thesis. Matthew enjoys watching sports on TV, surfing the web, reading books, playing video games, and keeping regular contact with friends and family.
Andrew is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in meteorology and will graduate in the spring of 2014. He grew up in McKinney, Texas and has always been interested in the weather and furthering knowledge in that field. His interests include public education about weather, as well as research into severe storms and tropical cyclones. Andrew is active at his church in Bryan and enjoys swimming, biking, and running, along with spending quality time with friends and family.