Academic research staff

Steve Nesbitt, Associate Professor

  • E-mail: snesbitt at
  • Ph.D. University of Utah
  • M.S. Texas A&M University
  • B.S. State University of New York College at Oswego

Paloma Borque, Post doctoral fellow

  • E-mail: paloma at
  • Ph.D., M.S. McGill University
  • Lic., B.Sc. Universidad de Buenos Aires


Graduate research assistants

Kim Reed (past NASA Graduate Fellow), Ph.D. Student (topic: orographic precipitation in the tropics/radar and microphysics of winter precipitation for GPM)

  • E-mail: dill1 at
  • M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. University of Nebraska

Piyush Garg, Ph.D. student (topic: remote sensing of cold pools over tropical oceans)

  • E-mail: pgarg7 at
  • Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
  • M.S. Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
  • B.Sc. University of Delhi, India

Jake Mulholland, Ph.D. student (topic: severe convection in subtropical South America)

  • E-mail: jmullhol2 at
  • M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. State University of New York College at Oswego

Itinderjot Singh, Ph.D. student (mountain-convection interactions)

  • E-mail: isingh9 at
  • M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India


Randy Chase, (NASA Graduate Fellow) M.S. student (topic: Global Precipitation Measurement mission ground validation)

  • E-mail: randyjc2 at
  • B.S. State University of New York College at Brockport

Lina Rivelli Zea, (Fullbright Scholar) M.S. student (topic: severe convection in subtropical South America)

  • E-mail: ler5 at
  • M.S. Universidade de São Paulo, CPTEC
  • B.S. Universidad Católica de Asunción, Paraguay

Current undergraduate research assistants

Toby Ross, visiting student from Leeds, University, U.K. (hailstorms in Southeast South America)

Anthony Grande, major, Atmospheric Sciences (Lightning in Subtropical South America)

Group graduate research alumni

  • Vineeth Madhavan, M.S. 2009 (co-advised with Prof. Alison Anders, Geology) (topic: Erosion-precipitation relationships in the Western Ghats, India)
  • Jessica Colberg, M.S. 2012 (co-advised with Prof. Alison Anders, Geology) (topic: Land surface-precipitation interactions in the Western Ghats, India)
  • Patrick Brown, M.S. 2012 (topic: Urban-rainfall influences)
  • Wendilyn (Kaufeld) Flynn, M.S., Ph.D. 2012, now Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences Department, University of Northern Colorado (topic: cloud-aerosol interaction in convection, hydrometeorological processes in monsoons)
  • Nicole (Schiffer) Gaynor, M.S., Ph.D. 2013, now at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (topic: North American Monsoon water budget)
  • Dan Harnos, Ph.D., 2014, post doc, now Federal research scientist at NOAA-NWS Climate Prediction Center
  • Kirstin (Gleicher) Harnos, Ph.D., 2015, now Research Scientist at NOAA-NWS Climate Prediction Center
  • George Duffy, M.S. 2016, now Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University
  • Stella Choi, M.S. 2016

Group undergraduate research alumni

  • Roger Akers, B.S. 2009, now engineer at Flying S Inc., Palestine IL (topic: North American Monsoon Convection/Lightning)
  • Katie Sulski, B.S. 2011 (topic: factors tropical cyclone tracks)
  • Nick Mycyk B.S. 2011 (topic: hurricane rapid intensification)
  • Thomas Ventimiglia, B.S. 2012 (topic: modeling hurricane rapid intensification)
  • Zaneta Gacek, B.S. 2012 (topic: radar and rain gauge analysis in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico)
  • Ana Ortiz, B.S. 2013 (topic: GIS applications in road weather forecasting)
  • Gabriel Ewing, B.S. 2013 (topic: Idealized modeling of orographic precipitation)
  • Lauren Carter, B.S. 2015 (topic: Hurricane tracks and rapid intensification)
  • Stephen Gaggiano, B.S. 2015 (topic: Micro Rain Radar and disdrometer measurements of snow)
  • Carson Soch, B.S. 2017 (topic: atmospheric in situ instrumentation)
  • James Shackelton, B.S. 2016 (topic: atmospheric in situ instrumentation)
  • Brian O’Shea, B.S. 2017 (topic: atmospheric in situ instrumentation)
  • Justin Mandruccolo, B.S. 2016 (topic: visualization of atmospheric data for mobile apps)