I am a Professor of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University. I started my professional career with the Canadian Government as a weather forecaster in Vancouver before returning to school to gain a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Imperial College of the University of London.

I am an enthusiastic teacher and constantly search for more effective ways to communicate to students. As a result, I have made extensive use of the computer in the classroom. I am the co-author of a introductory meteorology textbook and have published research in cloud physics, radiative transfer, artificial intelligence, social history and pedagogy. I have been awarded a patent. I have prepared scientific exhibits for science museums and a history exhibit for a history museum. My writings for popular consumption have appeared in publications ranging from the Reader's Digest to the Scientific American. My photographs of weather phenomena have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, exhibits and on television specials.

I have a forthcoming book, Bifrost: the Rainbow Bridge, coauthored with Raymond Lee, Jr. to be published in 1998 by Penn State Press.

A good feeling for the range of my interests and activities can be obtained by examining the top-level offerings at this site,


Degrees, Diplomas and Awards

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