Dr. Justin P. Stachnik

Dr. Stachnik is an atmospheric scientist with a broad interest in clouds, climate, and precipitation. He attended Purdue University for his undergraduate in meteorology and also completed his Master's degree at Purdue. He obtained his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University before heading west for a postdoctoral appointment with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Dr. Stachnik is now the director of the Clouds, Climate and Precipitation research group at the University of Kansas.

His research interests span work from cloud physics to planetary scale meteorology. He is especially intrigued by the potential role of multi-scale interactions in the atmosphere such as microphysical properties affecting storm structures or how composite mesoscale and synoptic scale cloud clusters alter the general circulation.

His recent work has focused on tropical meteorology including the dynamics and variability of the large-scale Hadley circulation, quantifying diabatic heating for tropical and subtropical cloud regimes, and investigating fundamental processes related to the propagation and maintenance of the Madden-Julian oscillation. Using observations and models, he is particularly interested in weather and climate interactions that may help improve weather forecasts and reduce model uncertainty for both current and future climates. His interests continue to grow outside of physical and dynamical meteorology and is always looking for potential students to work on new projects involving weather communication and themes involving weather, climate and society.

Brett Chrisler

​Brett Chrisler is a M.S. student in atmospheric science at the University of Kansas. He attended Fort Hays State University for his undergraduate in physics.

His research concentrates on an intercomparison of indices regarding termination of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). He is also interested in large-scale energetics and wave-interaction related to MJO decay. ​

Morgan Stessman

​Morgan Stessman is a M.S. student at the University of Kansas. Prior to attending KU she graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Meteorology.

During her undergraduate career she worked with WRF to analyze the effects of topographical features on blocking systems. Morgan’s research interests include climate, physical meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, and computer modeling. ​

Jacob Asherman

​Jacob is a senior atmospheric science major from Kansas City, KS. His interests include precipitation processes, convection, and climate.

Jacob is assisting with a project looking at the effects of graupel and hail parameterization upon idealized supercell thunderstorms in the WRF model. Upon graduation, Jacob hopes to continue his meteorology education in graduate school. ​


Alden German

​B.S. in Atmospheric Science (August 2017)
Project: Tired Ears: Tornado Warnings, False Alarms, and Public Fatigue

Alden is currently a weekend Meteorologist and Media Journalist (MMJ) for KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska. ​

Trenton Spencer

​Progress toward M.S. in Atmospheric Science (2017-2018)
Project: Case Studies of MJO Termination

Trenton is currently seeking employment as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. ​