Stephanie E. Zick

Assistant Professor


·       Tropical meteorology

·       Tropical cyclones

·       Precipitation

·       Numerical weather prediction

·       Shape Analysis

I am an assistant professor and a core faculty member for the department’s B.S. meteorology program. In my research,  I use spatial methods to better understand tropical cyclone (TC) dynamics and structure. Specifically, I harness the intimate link between the anatomy of a hurricane and its physiology, or the physical mechanisms that fuel the storm. I am particularly interested in using this framework to investigate 1) how these storms interact with the large-scale environment and 2) the evolution of precipitation prior to and during landfall. In this work, I feel very privileged that I get to share my enthusiasm for discovering the mysteries of the natural world with colleagues, students, and fellow weather enthusiasts.

Courses Recently Taught:

·       Introduction to Meteorology (GEOG 1514)

·       Synoptic Meteorology (GEOG 4504)

·       Physical Meteorology (GEOG 4524)

·       Tropical Meteorology (GEOG 4514)

·       Undergraduate Research: Applied Atmospheric (MTRG 4994)

Recent Publications: 

Matyas, C. J., S. E. Zick, and J. Tang, 2018: Using an Object-Based Approach to Quantify the Spatial Structure of Reflectivity Regions in Hurricane Isabel (2003). Part I: Comparisons between Radar Observations and Model Simulations. Mon. Wea. Rev., 146, 1319–1340, doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-17-0077.1.

Zick, S. E., and C. J. Matyas, 2016: A Shape Metric Methodology for Studying the Evolving Geometries of Synoptic-Scale Precipitation in Tropical Cyclones, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, doi: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1206460.

Chen, Y., S. E. Zick, and A.R. Benjamin, 2016: A Comprehensive, Cartographic Approach to Visualization of an Evacuation Map for Hurricane Ike in Galveston County, TXCartography and Geographic Information Science, doi: 10.1080/15230406.2015.1014426.

Zick, S. E., and C. J. Matyas. Tropical Cyclones in the North American Regional Reanalysis: The Impact of Satellite-derived Precipitation Over-Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 120, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023722.

Zick, S. E., and C. J. Matyas, 2015: Tropical Cyclones in the North American Regional Reanalysis: An Assessment of Spatial Biases in Location, Intensity, and Structure. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 120: 1651–1669. doi: 10.1002/2014JD022417.

Recent Grants:

Society of Women Geographers

2015-2016. Society of Woman Geographers (SWG) Pruitt Dissertation Fellowship: Geometric Analysis of Moisture Budgets and Precipitation Structures in U.S. Landfalling Hurricanes
C. Matyas (PI), S. Curtis, B. Paul, K. Rahman. $8,479.