PhD Student in Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

I am currently a PhD student at Colorado State University. My research focus is on projecting future risk from tornadoes and hail storms across eastern Colorado due to changes in both population dynamics and meteorology. I received a Bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University in 2014, during which time I was a co-author on three publications. I received a Master's degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 2017, and published two first-author papers, with another co-authored paper currently in review. My passion within the field is to work toward understanding trends in severe weather and improving societal outreach and communication of severe weather risk information, especially to under-represented people groups.

Experience

  • –present
    Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University

Education

  • 2017 
    Colorado State University, Master's of Science, Atmospheric Science
  • 2015 
    Purdue University, Bachelor's of Science, Atmospheric Science

Publications

  • 2018
    Weather and Forecasting, Cold season Tornadoes: Climatological and Meteorological Insights
  • 2018
    Weather, Climate & Society, Cold-season Tornado Risk Communication: Case Studies from November 2016 - February 2017
  • 2016
    Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Spatial Redistribution of U.S. Tornado Activity between 1954 and 2013
  • 2014
    Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Adjustments in Tornado Counts, F-scale Intensity, and Path Width for Assessing Significant Tornado Destruction
  • 2014
    Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Sciences, A Conceptual Model for Assessment of Climate Extremes that Affect Corn Yields

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society

Honours

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, AMS Graduate Fellowship, Herbert Riehl Memorial Award, NOAA Hollings Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa

  • Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
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  • sjchilds@rams.colostate.edu
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