Jeff is currently a Ph. D. student at Penn State University. His Ph. D. research focuses on simulations of supercell thunderstorms. He received his Master's Degree in 2003, also from Penn State, specializing in squall line thunderstorms. Jeff graduated from the University of Michigan in 2001 with a B.S. in atmospheric science, and spent the following summer interning at the National Weather Service in White Lake, MI.
Born and raised in Michigan, Jeff has been drawn to study severe storms by the frequent occurrences of severe weather throughout the Midwest.
Besides severe storms, Jeff is also interested in other types of meteorology - including hurricanes and snow storms. Jeff participated in the International H2O Experiment (IHOP) thunderstorm development project in 2002, and was involved with the Radar Observations of Tornadoes And Thunderstorms Experiment (ROTATE) in 2004 and 2005. During ROTATE, he worked with the Doppler on Wheels radars to successfully intercept tornadoes on the Great Plains. Jeff also enjoys recreational storm chasing and was even in the eye of Hurricane Isabel when it made landfall in North Carolina in 2003.
After graduation, Jeff hopes to either teach meteorology to college students or to combine his research and forecasting experience at the National Weather Service.