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Jacob Carstens

I completed my Ph.D. in 2022, with my research on self-aggregation and tropical cyclogenesis processes in idealized numerical simulations. I also completed a B.S. in Meteorology from FSU in 2017, and my M.S. in 2019. In addition to my Ph.D. research under Dr. Wing’s advisement, I served as the President of the North Florida Chapter of the AMS/NWA for the 2019-2020 academic year.

As an undergraduate, I was active in broadcast meteorology as a producer (2016-2017) and on-air personality for the student-run "FSU Weather" television show, which I remain involved with to this day. My interest in both tropical cyclones and weather communication was solidified in part by our on-air coverage of 3 hurricanes which affected the Tallahassee area: Hermine (2016), Irma (2017), and Michael (2018). I also had a prior tenure on the North Florida AMS/NWA executive board as the Vice President during my senior year.

Prior to starting graduate school, I was fortunate to gain research experience at FSU's Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS). There, I helped produce FSU's monthly Indian Ocean wind pseudostress analysis, and developed quality control tests for research vessel SST data. In addition, I completed an undergraduate Honors Thesis in 2017 with Dr. Vasu Misra, analyzing East Pacific tropical cyclones with the concept of Integrated Kinetic Energy.

I’m a 14-year native of Oak Lawn, Illinois (a southwest suburb of Chicago) but a Floridian for nearly a decade, having moved to the Fort Lauderdale area in 2010 and eventually Tallahassee. I’ve always been passionate about teaching and mentorship, and hope to embark on a career in academia after completing a Ph.D. Outside of the lab or studio, there’s a good chance you’ll find me on a golf course or losing my voice at a Seminoles football game.

Check out my Twitter (linked on this page) for some general weather info/fun facts, corny jokes, and the occasional animation from my research!

M.S. Thesis: Tropical Cyclogenesis from Self-Aggregated Convection in Numerical Simulations of Rotating Radiative-Convective Equilibrium

Ph.D. Dissertation: The Sensitivity of Convective Self-Aggregation and Tropical Cyclogenesis to Planetary Rotation

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Penn State University

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Jacob Carstens

Ph.D. 2022, M.S. 2019
Ph.D. Dissertation: The Sensitivity of Convective Self-Aggregation and Tropical Cyclogenesis to Planetary Rotation