Professor Halverson received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia in 1994, then assumed a post-doc under Dr. Joanne Simpson at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He is currently Professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where he teaches courses on Physical Geography, Natural Hazards, Meteorology, Severe Storms, Advanced Earth Systems Science and Climate Change. He and his team of graduate students investigate severe storms, particularly hurricanes. In 2000 he pioneered a new type of technology for measuring air temperature at high altitudes in the eye of hurricanes.
Halverson has authored nearly 50 scientific publications and has appeared in science documentaries aired by NOVA, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. He is a columnist, feature writer and assistant editor for Weatherwise Magazine, a position held since 2002. Presently he is authoring an undergraduate textbook on severe storms, under Oxford University Press. He is also a writer and the Severe Weather Expert for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. In early 2017 he assumed the position of Associate Dean in the Graduate School.