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FSU experts available to comment for 2021 hurricane season

By: Bill Wellock | Published: April 20, 2021 | 3:15 pm | SHARE: Share on FacebookTweet

Florida State University faculty are among the world leaders in the study of hurricanes.

From forecasting to insurance to ecological aftermath, FSU experts are available to discuss the many ways these storms impact people, property and the environment.

These faculty members are available to answer media questions and provide perspective for news stories throughout the 2021 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Five faculty members also recently participated in a virtual news briefing about the hurricane season. The video can be accessed here.


Mark Bourassa, professor of meteorology and associate director of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies

Bourassa’s main research interests include using on-site and remote observations, combined with meteorological models, to better understand air-sea interactions and how satellites respond to what is happening on the Earth’s surface. He is also an expert in surface water waves and the identification of tropical disturbances — possible precursors to tropical cyclones. Bourassa is a team leader for the NASA Ocean Vector Wind Science Team.

Bradford Johnson, assistant professor of geography

Johnson’s research and teaching interests focus on urban climate, land-atmosphere interactions, climate change, the intersection of weather and climate, Geospatial Information Systems, task automation using Python and remote sensing applications.

Allison Wing, assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science

Wing is an expert on climate and hurricanes. Her research group studies atmospheric dynamics and climate, with a special interest in tropical cyclones and tropical convection. A recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined the origin of tropical cyclones.


David Merrick, director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program

Merrick has more than 16 years of experience in emergency management. His research interests include emergency management planning and policy, remote sensing and unmanned aircraft systems, disaster logistics, crisis mapping and information technology in emergency management.

Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh, teaching faculty in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Heffron-Casserleigh is an expert on the intersection between disasters, public health and the media. She has worked with and advised in both the private and public sectors, including all levels of government, at home and abroad. She has decades of experience in government response to disasters.


Eren Ozguven, associate professor in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Ozguven is the director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response Center. His research focus is on the relationships among different infrastructure networks in Florida and how that contributes to an area’s ability to be prepared for disasters, such as hurricanes. In collaboration with researchers from a variety of different disciplines, he has examined evacuation routes, special-need and pet-friendly shelters and the role libraries play in communities following a hurricane.


Jaap Nienhuis, assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science

Nienhuis investigates coastal hazards such as sea-level rise, subsidence and hurricanes, including the effects of these hazards on the coastal environment.


Patricia Born, Payne H. & Charlotte Hodges Midyette Eminent Scholar in Risk Management & Insurance

Born’s research interests include insurance market structure and performance, professional liability, health insurance and the management of catastrophic risks. She is a member of the board of the American Risk and Insurance Association and serves on the editorial board of the Risk Management and Insurance Review and Journal of Insurance Issues.

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