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C3WE STAFF

 

Cindy Bruyère, C3WE Director
Cindy Bruyère is the C3WE Director. Her current research activities include understanding and predicting the impact of climate variability and change on extreme weather events. Some recent highlights from her career include working with a Norwegian Reinsurance Company and with a Department of Energy-led consortium of offshore energy companies exploring climate change impacts on energy production in the Gulf of Mexico. She also leads a collaboration between NCAR and the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) that aims at understanding and predicting the impact of climate variability and change in Australia and the implications for the insurance industry. Cindy has an MSc in Dynamical Modeling and a PhD in Environmental Management. 

James Done, C3WE Deputy Director
James Done is a Willis Senior Academic Fellow and deputy director of C3WE. His research advances our understanding of the multi-scale physical processes and predictability of weather and climate extremes. Connections with risk managers in the reinsurance and water sectors enrich his science and promote societally relevant advances. James obtained his BSc and PhD in Atmospheric Science from The University of Reading, UK.
  Mike Daniels, C3WE Casual
Mike Daniels’ career has been dedicated to the leadership and development of complex computing, software engineering, data management, and cyberinfrastructure systems for the geosciences. His recent projects range from executive leadership and governance, real-time data acquisition and access, development of science workflows, data management, and linking data artifacts to research by way of semantic architectures. Mike has a passion for encouraging students to become involved in the earth sciences and started an internship at NCAR specifically targeted at two-year college and technical school students. He also supports internships more generally and has routinely engaged two-year college, undergraduate, and graduate students in his research-project teams. He serves on the Board of Directors for ESIP and as the Leadership Council Chair for NSF’s EarthCube Program. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems.
Ming Ge C3WE Associate Scientist Ming Ge, Associate Scientist
Ming Ge specializes in numerical modeling and data analysis/processing with the research interest on physics and impact of tropical cyclones. She obtained BS and MS in Atmospheric Science from Nanjing Univ. P.R.China.
Greg Holland Director C3WE

Greg Holland, C3WE Emeritus Director
Greg Holland, was previously Director of NCAR’s Earth System Laboratory. His current research focuses on regional climate prediction, hurricanes, and applications of extreme value theory. His career in tropical meteorology includes forecasting, teaching, research, and community service, including service on a number of committees and review boards for NOAA, the National Academies, and NASA, and chairing the Tropical Meteorological Program of WMO. His publications include major contributions to six textbooks and forecast manuals and more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers. Greg received his bachelor's in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University.

Abby Jaye C3WE Associate Scientist

Abby Jaye, Associate Scientist
Abby Jaye specializes in regional climate modeling using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model and the analysis and visualization of weather and climate data. Abby began her career as an air quality scientist and meteorologist at the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO) leading the air quality grid modeling work for the six Midwestern states. Abby has BS in Atmospheric Science from Creighton University and an MS in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Heather Lazrus C3WE Rising Voices Lead

Heather Lazrus, Rising Voices Lead 
Heather Lazrus is a Project Scientist in the MMM Laboratory at the NCAR in Boulder, Colorado. Heather is an environmental anthropologist and uses the theories and methods in the anthropological toolkit to investigate the cultural mechanisms through which all weather and climate risks are perceived, experienced, and addressed. Heather focuses on the interface between extreme weather and climate change and works closely with colleagues from diverse disciplines. Her research contributes to improving the utility of weather forecasts and warnings, reducing social vulnerability to atmospheric and related hazards, and understanding community and cultural adaptations to climate change. Heather has worked extensively in Tuvalu, New Zealand, and the United States. Heather obtained a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2009. Dr Lazrus is the co-founder and co-organizer of the Rising Voices: Collaborative Science for Climate Solutions Program at NCAR which promotes and facilitates more cultural diverse weather, climate, and adaptation science. She serves on the American Meteorological Society Societal Impacts Board and was a member of the American Anthropological Association Task Force on Global Climate Change (2011-2014).

Annareli Morales, ASP Fellow
Annareli Morales is an Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellow. She grew up in Chicago, IL and attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she received a BS in atmospheric science and geology in 2012. Dr. Morales received her MS from Colorado State University in 2014 studying a mesoscale vortex that developed during the 2013 Boulder Flood alongside Russ Schumacher and Sonia Kreidenweis. She completed her PhD in atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences from the University of Michigan in 2019 working alongside Derek Posselt (JPL) and Hugh Morrison (NCAR/MMM) studying the microphysical and environmental controls on orographic precipitation during atmospheric river conditions using an idealized modeling framework and statistical methods (e.g., Morris screening method, Markov chain Monte Carlo). Dr. Morales has expertise in cloud microphysics, idealized modeling, mountain meteorology, mesoscale processes, and atmospheric rivers, as well as science communication and public outreach.

Andreas Prein C3WE Project Scientist

Andreas Prein, Project Scientist
Andreas Prein earned his master's and PhD degrees at the University of Graz, Austria, where he investigated uncertainties in climate model projections and benefits of high-resolution climate modeling. Dr. Prein's main research focuses on the understanding of hydrologic climate extreme events, their potential changes due to climate change, and impacts on society. The main tools that he uses for his research are convection-permitting regional climate models that are able to explicitly simulate deep convection and resolve the fine-scale structures that are occurring in rainfall extremes. He is an expert in dynamical climate modeling, climate model evaluation, high-resolution observational datasets, and advanced statistical analysis.

Alexandra Ramos-Valle, C3WE Postdoc
Alexandra Ramos-Valle is a Postdoctoral Fellow in C3WE. She obtained a BS in Physics and minor in Atmospheric Science from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. She also obtained a PhD in Atmospheric Science from Rutgers University, during which she studied the changes in storm surge response to varying tropical cyclone characteristics. Her research has included the optimization and use of atmospheric and hydrodynamic models, as well as machine learning techniques, to study coastal flooding events. Broadly, her research interests include the use of numerical models to better understand physical processes and improve predictions of weather events. Her current work focuses on the study of the dynamics of mesoscale convective systems in tropical and mid-latitude environments, as well as the examination of how different MCS processes are represented in models and the dependence of these representations on model spatial scales.

Daniel Smith, C3WE Fellow
Daniel Smith is a research fellow in C3WE and has a PhD in Structural Engineering. Daniel also holds joint positions as a Senior Research Fellow with the Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University (Australia) and a consultant faculty member at the University of Florida. His current work throughout the US, Australia, and the South Pacific covers a wide range of topics including: structural engineering for natural hazards, post-event damage assessment, mobile weather station deployment in extreme wind events, mitigation for wind and water-related damages, behavioral aspects of community preparedness and insurance loss modeling. Daniel has authored 50+ technical publications/reports and given 50+ presentations/seminars related to tropical cyclone risk and vulnerability.

Daniel Swain, C3WE Fellow
Daniel Swain holds joint appointments as a Climate Scientist in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, a Research Fellow in C3WE, and as the California Climate Fellow at The Nature Conservancy. His research explores the dynamics and impacts of extreme events in the context of climate change—with a particular focus on flood, drought, and wildfire in the western United States. Daniel also engages in extensive science communication activities, including frequent news media interviews, popular science writing, public policy outreach, and authorship of the Weather West blog. Daniel holds a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Earth System Science from Stanford University.

Danielle Touma, C3WE Postdoc
Danielle Touma is a visiting researcher working on the Connected Extremes in Space and Time (COEXIST) NSF PREEVENTS project. Based in UC Santa Barbara, she is a postdoctoral scholar in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Danielle’s current research activities include investigating the roles of anthropogenic activities on fire risk and assessing the spatiotemporal connectivity of extreme climate events. Danielle received her B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University, and her Ph.D. in Earth System Science at Stanford University.

Erin Towler C3WE Project Scientist

Erin Towler, Project Scientist
Erin Towler is a Project Scientist in C3WE with research interests spanning the water-weather-decision interface. Erin uses her expertise in water resources and passion for use-inspired research to develop creative tools that make weather and climate risk relevant to local water and natural resource management. Her work has contributed to understanding weather and climate risks to water quantity and quality, with applications in water supply and flood prediction and forecasting. Erin leads C3WE’s Climate and Weather Extremes Tutorial, which provides participants with knowledge and tools to conduct extreme weather research.  Erin received her PhD in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010 and is a Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) alumi.

Mari Tye C3WE ECEP Lead 

Mari Tye, Project Scientist 
Mari Tye is a Civil Engineer, with 10 years of experience in flood mitigation and sustainable drainage, highways design, ports, and harbor design, construction supervision, and master planning for large-scale developments. She is currently a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research specializing in the statistics of extreme and high impact weather and climate events. Before studying for her PhD related to changes in extreme rainfall over the UK at Newcastle University, she held positions at CH2M and AECOM, and briefly volunteered in Uganda as a water resource engineer. Mari holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and French from Nottingham University, is a Chartered Engineer with in the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (PE Equivalent); Licensed Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and has a PhD in Statistical Climatology.

Willy Accame, C3WE Industry Advisor, Panattoni Development 

Guillermo (Willy) Accame, C3WE/NCAR Industry Advisor
Director of Risk Management, Panattoni Development Company, Inc.
Willy has a diverse background and more than 35 years of experience in property redevelopment, insurance, litigation, environmental risk, and natural resources. At Panattoni Development Company, he manages risk throughout the company’s operations and is responsible for the implementation of initiatives consistent with the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Accame currently serves as the C3WE/NCAR Industry Advisor, providing a strong industry perspective along with his expertise on some of the leading extreme weather- and climate-related questions facing the construction and real estate development industry. Willy holds a BS degree in geology and a Master’s degree in Geochemistry and Remote Sensing.