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Jason C. Furtado, Ph.D.

Dr. Furtado is an Assistant Professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. He joined the School of Meteorology faculty in August 2015. He has a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Mathematics from Lyndon State College (2002), a M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University (2004), and a Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His Ph.D. worked focused on quantifying uncertainties in Pacific decadal climate variability and working toward a new paradigm of understanding Pacific climate using multiple modes of oceanic and atmospheric variability. Prior to working on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Furtado was a climate scientist and sub-seasonal weather forecaster for a private company in the Boston area. His research focuses on large-scale climate dynamics, including coupled systems (e.g., stratosphere-troposphere coupling, ocean-atmosphere coupling) on multiple timescales. His work features observations, model experiments, and working with coupled model output. He also has strong interests in applications of climate dynamics to improving sub-seasonal and seasonal forecasts.

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Simon Lee

Ph.D. Student

Simon is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, UK, co-supervised by Dr. Furtado. His research focuses on the improvement of sub-seasonal forecasting through a better understanding of stratosphere-troposphere coupling. He first came to the University of Oklahoma in August 2016 for the third year of Reading’s four-year undergraduate Master’s degree in Meteorology (MMet), from which he graduated in July 2018. As an undergraduate, he researched trends in the speed and latitude of the North Atlantic jet stream in reanalyses. Simon’s other meteorological interests include climate change, ENSO, tropical and extratropical cyclones and severe weather. In his free time, Simon enjoys running, road cycling and hiking, as well as spending time with friends and supporting his favorite soccer team Manchester City.

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Ty Dickinson

Ph.D. Student

Ty Dickinson is a Graduate Research Assistant and is a part of the PRES2iP team. Ty received his B.S. in Meteorology from OU in May 2018. As an undergraduate, Ty helped improve impact-based seasonal outlooks for South-Central Texas and examined how those seasonal outlooks could be expanded to a regional basis. Additionally, Ty looked at over 200,000 observed soundings from various radiosonde launch sites to see the differences in severe weather soundings across the U.S. Now, he is working on building a database for extreme precipitation events on the sub-seasonal to seasonal timescale for the CONUS. In his free time, Ty loves watching and playing just about any sport and hanging out with his friends.

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Matthew Green

M.S. Student

Matthew is a Graduate Research Assistant in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. In May of 2016, he graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology. While there, he was a Student Researcher investigating the Nocturnal Low-Level Jet using data he gathered during the Plains Elevated Convection at Night field campaign. For his graduate research, Matthew will be examining the Madden – Julian Oscillation and its teleconnections on a subseasonal-to-seasonal timescale. His other meteorological interests include Northeast snow events, synoptic scale phenomena, and meso-scale systems. Matthew also likes spending time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing, as well as with family and friends.

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Greg Jennrich

M.S. Student

Greg Jennrich is continuing his education at the University of Oklahoma as a graduate research assistant after receiving his B.S. in Meteorology in May 2017. As an undergraduate, he researched the effects of vegetation changes on the Oklahoma Mesonet wind speed measurements and the trends of cold season extratropical cyclones over the Eastern United States. For graduate research, Greg will be investigating the subseasonal-to-seasonal predictability of extreme precipitation events over the United States by identifying the precursor synoptic-scale patterns that lead up to these events. Greg has meteorological interests in extreme weather, forecasting, and societal impacts of weather/climate. When not in the classroom or in the office, Greg likes to spend his free time watching or playing sports, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

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Jacob Ohnstad

M.S. Student

Jacob recently graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he received a B.S. in Applied Physical Analysis and Sustainable Energy Science and a minor in Atmospheric Sciences. Jacob is interested in the changes our climate is going to be experiencing in the future and better being able to predict that change. He is also interested in extreme weather and how that affects people. Jacob loves being outdoors and playing sports especially running and basketball. He has had a passion for the weather and climate since he was 5 years old and can’t wait to continue studying it in the future.

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Matthew Rogers

M.S. Student

Matt is a Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Meteorology. In June of 2016, he graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science and a minor in Applied Mathematics. In the past, he researched atmospheric signals correlated with warm Arctic winters, created an interactive trend analysis tool for the Office of the Washington State Climatologist, and spent several summers guiding mountains across Washington state. Matt is interested in exploring the dynamics of Pacific variability and looks forward to continuing his education as a Sooner. Matt is an avid alpinist, rock climber, and trail runner and spends most of his free time squeezing plastic at the local climbing gym.

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