Teaching

Courses at FSU

MET 4301/5311: Atmospheric Dynamics I
Atmospheric dynamics is the study of motion in the atmosphere. Understanding the basic nature of atmospheric flow is critical to understanding the origin and evolution of all weather and climate phenomena. In this course, students learn how to apply fundamental principles of mechanics and thermodynamics (e.g., conservation of momentum, mass, and energy) to derive a set of equations governing atmospheric flow. Students learn how use these governing equations in order to gain insight into the basic nature of atmospheric flow, including the dynamics of vorticity and circulation.

This is an undergraduate course that is offered during the fall semesters and meets MWF 1:25PM-2:15PM and Thursday 2:00PM-3:15PM. The course website is on Canvas. This is the Syllabus.

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MET 6155: Advanced Topics in Climate: Extreme Weather in a Warming Climate
This course covers the processes leading to extreme weather phenomena and how extreme weather phenomena are expected to change in a warming climate, with a focus on physical mechanisms. This includes extreme precipitation, floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, severe convective storms (including tornados and hail), extreme temperature, and heat waves. The course explores connections between weather and climate, approaches of characterizing extreme events, and detection and attribution of long-term changes. These are active areas of current research, so the courseis structured around close reading and detailed discussion of contemporary papers in the peer-reviewed literature, supplemented with additional material as necessary.

This is a graduate course that is offered during the spring semesters. It was last offered in Spring 2020. The course website is on Canvas. This is the Syllabus. This is a flyer about the class.

MET 6480: Advanced Topics in Physical Meteorology: Atmospheric Convection
This course covers shallow and deep atmospheric convection, considering both the local properties of individual clouds or convective systems and the ensemble properties of convection and its global implications. It will exlore interactions between convection, the boundary layer, and larger-scale weather systems as well as the role that convection plays. in climate. Topics to be covered include: Rayleigh-Benard convection, dry convective boundary layers, radiative-convective equilibium, stratocumulus-trade cumulus transition, deep precipitation convection, convective organization, and modeling of convection.

This is a graduate course that is being offered for the first time in Spring 2021. The course website is on Canvas. This is the Syllabus. This is a flyer about the class.

Courses at MIT

I served as a teaching assistant for the following courses as a graduate student at MIT:

DEAPS: Extreme Weather and Climate
Instructor: Lodovica Illari
Undergraduate Course, Fall 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013
Handouts I prepared

DEAPS (Discover EAPS) is a freshman pre-orientation program that takes places over the course of 4-5 days prior to the start of the school year. I was a TA for this program for 5 years, and was in charge of the meteorology activities for 4 of those 5 years.

12.003: Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Instructor: Raffaele Ferrari
Undergraduate Course, Fall 2009 & 2010
Handouts I prepared

This undergraduate class is designed to introduce students to the physics that govern the circulation of the ocean and atmosphere. The focus of the course is on the processes that control the climate of the planet.

12.310: Introduction to Weather and Forecasting
Instructor: Lodovica Illari
Undergraduate Course, IAP 2011 and 2013
Handouts I prepared

In this course, the students learn the basic principles of synoptic meteorology and weather forecasting, and analyze hourly weather data and numerical weather prediction models

12.811: Tropical Meteorology
Instructor: Kerry Emanuel
Graduate Course, Spring 2011

A description of the large-scale circulation systems of the tropical atmosphere and analysis of the dynamics of such systems. Topics include: Radiative-convective equilibrium; the Hadley and walker circulation; monsoons; tropical boundary layers; theory of the response of the tropical atmosphere to localized sea-surface temperature anomalies; intraseasonal oscillations; equatorial waves; El Nino/Southern Oscillation; easterly waves; and tropical cyclones.

Courses at Cornell

I served as a teaching assistant for a number of courses as an undergraduate at Cornell University:

EAS 133: Basic Meteorology Lab
EAS 134: Weather Forecasting and Analysis
EAS 268: Global Warming and Climate

In addition, I was also a tutor for CHEM 207 (General Chemistry), through the CALS (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) Tutor Program.

Finally, I served as a facilitator for Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW) in the College of Engineering. AEWs are enrichment courses that accompany the introductory engineering math sequence; as an AEW facilitator, I co-led a weekly 2 hour class. I was a facilitator twice each for MATH 192 (Multivariable Calculus) and MATH 293 (Differential Equations).