David Nolan

Professor and Chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences

David Nolan is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. His main research topics are hurricanes, tornadoes, and tropical meteorology. Currently, he is supervising research projects on the impacts of hurricane winds in urban environments, gravity waves radiating out of hurricanes, and using satellite data to diagnose hurricane intensity and intensity change.

Rebecca Evans

Ph.D. Student

Research summary: My research focuses on the diurnal cycle and internal inertia-gravity waves in idealized simulations of tropical cyclones. More specifically, I study the origin of a broad spectrum of gravity waves in tropical cyclones, and their radiation in the troposphere and stratosphere.This work utilizes both a linear model and WRF.

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Ryder Fox

Ph.D. Student

Ryder Fox is a DOE CSGF fellow using numerical weather models to research microphysical impacts. Particularly, Ryder is interested in the effects of ice particle distributions in landfalling hurricanes with large flooding events. Ryder leads international LGBTQIA+ STEM initiatives, is a suicide prevention trainer, and develops inclusion curricula for a variety of audiences.

Jimmy Ge

Ph.D. Student

Jimmy Yun Ge is a first-year Ph.D. student in the MPO program. Born in New Jersey, Jimmy graduated from the University of Miami in 2019 with a B.S. in meteorology and applied mathematics. His research interests include hurricane modelling and tropical cyclogenesis. Jimmy is also actively involved in mental health outreach across the UM Coral Gables and RSMAS campuses.

James Hlywiak

Ph.D. Student

Research summary: James uses numerical model simulations to study how changes in surface conditions underneath a hurricane alter surface fluxes of heat and momentum into the storm, both overthe open ocean and during the landfall process, and how these changes affect overall storm intensity and structure.

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Brian McNoldy

Senior Research Associate III

Brian is a Senior Research Associate III working on a variety of projects related to tropical cyclones, including observation system simulation experiments and high-resolution modeling.

Jun Zhang


Dr. Jun Zhang is a Scientist at the University of Miami. He is also associated with the Hurricane Research Division (HRD) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on hurricane boundary-layer structure and dynamics, air-sea interaction, hurricane intensity change, and physical parameterizations in numerical models.Dr. Zhang has flown more than 30 Hurricanes with NOAA’s P3 aircraft and experienced more than 100 eyewall penetrations.