RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Kristen Corbosiero

Associate Professor

University at Albany, State University of New York


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Dr. Kristen L. Corbosiero is an associate professor of tropical and synoptic–dynamic meteorology at the University at Albany/State University of New York. She received her Master’s and PhD degrees from the University at Albany in 2001 and 2005, respectively, studying the structure, intensity change, and distribution of lightning in tropical cyclones. Before returning to Albany, Dr. Corbosiero was an assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2007 to 2011, and an Advanced Study Program postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Science from 2005 to 2007. Fascinated by the power of tropical cyclones after experiencing Hurricane Gloria in 1985, and motivated by her middle school geography teacher who ran a before school weather club, Dr. Corbosiero earned a Bachelor’s of Science with Distinction in soil, crop and atmospheric sciences from Cornell University. Her current research involves trying to understand hurricane structure and intensity change, including the processes responsible for secondary eyewall formation using the Weather Research and Forecast model; examining data collected by the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to investigate how tropical cyclones respond to, and evolve in, vertical wind shear; and, studying the satellite signatures of rapidly intensifying storms to improve intensity forecasts.