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Stephanie E. Zick

Assistant Professor
Stephanie Zick
209 Wallace Hall

Specialities:

  • Tropical meteorology
  • Tropical cyclones
  • Precipitation
  • Numerical weather prediction
  • Model forecast verification

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:

*student collaborator

Zick, S. E., 2020: Quantifying Extreme Precipitation Forecasting Skill in High-Resolution Models Using Spatial Patterns: A Case Study of the 2016 and 2018 Ellicott City Floods, Atmosphere11, doi: 10.3390/atmos11020136.

Kirkland, J.*, and S. E. Zick, 2019: Regional Differences in the Spatial Patterns of North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Rainbands Through Landfall. Southeastern Geographer59, 294-320, doi: 10.1353/sgo.2019.0023.

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. Monthly Weather Review146, 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.

Zick, S. E., and C. J. Matyas, 2015: Tropical Cyclones in the North American Regional Reanalysis: The Impact of Satellite-derived Precipitation Over-Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres120, 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-Atmospheres120: 1651–1669. doi: 10.1002/2014JD022417.

Recent Grants:

National Science Foundation
2022-2023. S. Zick (PI), C. Ramseyer (Co-PI). Physical and Dynamical Meteorology (PDM) Program. REU Supplement to “Collaborative Research: An Object-Oriented Approach to Assess the Rainfall Evolution of Tropical Cyclones in Varying Moisture Environments”.  AGS-2011981. $19,778.

National Science Foundation
2020-2023. S. Zick (PI). Physical and Dynamical Meteorology (PDM) Program. Collaborative Research: An Object-Oriented Approach to Assess the Rainfall Evolution of Tropical Cyclones in Varying Moisture Environments. AGS-2011981. $185,677.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
2019-2020. A. Ellis (PI), S. Keighton (Co-PI), S. Zick (Co-PI). Skill Analysis of Contemporary Operational Model Forecasts of Mixed-Precipitation Events: Guidance for the National Weather Service in the Mid-Atlantic Region. $14,825. 

Society of Women Geographers
2015-2016. C. Matyas (PI), S. Zick (Co-PI). Pruitt Dissertation Fellowship: Geometric Analysis of Moisture Budgets and Precipitation Structures in U.S. Landfalling Hurricanes. $8,479.