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Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Waterloo

Peter Crank is an urban climatologist and geographer focused on helping people by improving thermal comfort, mental wellbeing, and education of the public through atmospheric measurements, statistical, and numerical modeling.

My experiences in project management, scientific writing, and science communication have resulted in multiple publications via peer-reviewed research and were achieved through successful research grant support writing. My science communication skills have also been leveraged in developing students in university settings by managing classrooms of various sizes and purposes, from labs to lectures, introductory courses to graduate level seminars.


  • 2023–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
  • 2022–2023
    Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
  • 2021–2022
    Research fellow, Singapore Management University


  • 2021 
    Arizona State University, Ph.D. Geography
  • 2016 
    Mississippi State University, M.S. Geosciences
  • 2013 
    Mississippi State University, B.S. Geosciences


  • 2024
    International Journal of Biometeorology, A news update from the students and new professionals group of the International Society of Biometeorology
  • 2024
    Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, Cityscapes, Climate, and Mental Health: Designing Cities for Thermal Wellbeing
  • 2023
    Science of the Total Environment, Mental health and air temperature: Attributable risk analysis for schizophrenia hospital admissions in arid urban climates
  • 2023
    Urban Climate, Microclimate impacts of neighborhood redesign in a desert community using ENVI-met and MaRTy
  • 2020
    Science of the Total Environment, Validation of seasonal mean radiant temperature simulations in hot arid urban climates
  • 2018
    Urban Climate, Evaluating the ENVI-met microscale model for suitability in analysis of targeted urban heat mitigation strategies

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society
  • International Society of Biometeorology
  • International Association for Urban Climate