RISE 2019 Conference

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

Rosimar Rios-Berrios

Scientist I

National Center for Atmospheric Research


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Dr. Rosimar Rios-Berrios is a Scientist I at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.  She is an expert on tropical cyclones, numerical weather prediction, and precipitation extremes. Her research focuses on tropical weather phenomena, with an emphasis on tropical cyclone formation and intensification. Dr. Rios-Berrios was born and raised in Puerto Rico; her interest in meteorology was sparked by many encounters with tropical cyclones passing through or near the Island. Dr. Rios-Berrios received her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University at Albany (UAlbany), State University of New York in 2017.  She was advised by Professor Ryan Torn from the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. Her dissertation, which focused on tropical cyclone intensification in scenarios traditionally deemed as unfavorable for intensification, was recognized with UAlbany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Narayan R. Gokhale Distinguished Research Scholarship and UAlbany’s College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Dissertation Award.  Before joining UAlbany, she received a B.Sc. in Theoretical Physics and a Curricular Sequence in Meteorology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (Antes, ahora, y siempre: ¡Colegio!). Outside of her professional life, Dr. Rios-Berrios enjoys running, hiking, cooking, traveling, practicing yoga, and reading fiction books. She can be reached via e-mail at rberrios at ucar dot edu or via Twitter @RosimarWx.