In my first sub-category of PEOPLE, I am featuring a hot atmospheric scientist from the U.S. Geeky yet lovely – that’s how I’d describe my first feature.
So, let me introduce Dr. Karen Kosiba, an atmospheric scientist at the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colorado. I was watching the “Top Ten Natural Disasters” by National Geographic HD and its first feature was “The 2011 U.S. Tornado Season” where in a little more than a month alone 1,691 tornados were reported at a devastating cost of $10 billion and loss of lives of 550, the highest in recorded history in the United States.
Prior to joining the Center for Severe Weather Research, Karen was a professional student. She received a Bachelor of Science in Physics at Loyola University, a M.S. in physics and a M.A.T. in teacher education at Miami University, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science at Purdue University.
TED featured her in TED Ed – Lessons Worth Sharing, in November 2013 at its TED series in New Orleans, Louisiana, where TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. In this TEDYouth Talk, Kosiba describes how she and her team use observations and modeling to track these super storms, while sharing some incredible footage from the field.
A strong believer in experiencing weather from the inside of a Doppler on Wheels (DOW) Radar truck, she has participated in a multitude of field projects, including: Radar Observations of Tornadoes and Thunderstorms Experiment (ROTATE), Hurricanes and Landfall (HAL), Convectively and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS), the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Thunderstorms Experiment (VORTEX2), Long Lake-Axis-Parallel Lake-Effect Storms Project (LLAP), and AgI Seeding Cloud Impact Investigation (ASCII).
A native of the Chicago suburbs, she now resides in Colorado with her husband, cat, and dog. In her free time, she is an avid TV watcher, hiker, traveler, yogi, reader, coffee drinker, and sleeper.
You may view Karen’s CV by clicking here.
Sources: Center for Severe Weather Research | Ted Ed
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