Lourdes B. Avilés, PhD (PSU) has a wide range of research interests and has mentored UGs conducting research on topics that include tropical weather and climate, historical meteorology, atmospheric physics, air quality, and connections of weather with societal impacts. She was involved in developing the recent AMS curricular guidelines for UG degrees in meteorology and has served on various AMS national committees, including the Board on Higher Education and the Board on Women and Minorities. She recently published an AMS book on the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Avilés has been at PSU since 2004. Email:

Lourdes B. Avilés, PhD

Jason Cordeira, PhD (PSU) has primary research interests related to meso-synoptic and intraseasonal processes conducive to high-impact weather. Cordeira maintains an active research group comprised of UG and graduate (M.S. level) students. He has mentored UGs conducting summer or academic research, including UGs involved in specialized forecasting for field experiments, university athletics, and private-sector applications. UG research projects mentored by Cordeira have resulted in numerous conference presentations by UGs and several journal articles. Cordeira has been at PSU since 2013. Email:

Jason Cordeira, PhD

Tara Curtin, PhD (HWS) uses lake sediment records to reconstruct paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental conditions on annual to millennial timescales. Curtin has mentored numerous UGs conducting research and has been involved in the Keck Geology Consortium. Collaborations with UGs have resulted in several journal articles and a large number of student presentation at national and regional conferences. Curtin has been at HWS since 2001. Email:

Tara Curtin, PhD

David Finkelstein, PhD (HWS) uses stable isotope geochemistry of waters and sediment to examine changes driven by storms, seasonality, and biological productivity in rain, ponds and lakes. Finkelstein mentoring of numerous UGs has resulted in many student presentations at national and regional conferences. Finkelstein has been at HWS since 2013. Email:

David Finkelstein, PhD

Eric Hoffman, PhD (PSU) has research interests across both synoptic and mesoscale meteorology with a focus on using observational data and climatological studies. Hoffman has worked with UG researchers for over 15 years. These efforts have provided numerous UGs opportunities to present their research at regional and national scientific conferences, as well as co-author several journal articles. Hoffman has been at PSU since 2000. Email:

Eric Hoffman, PhD

Eric Kelsey, PhD (PSU, MWO) has a research faculty position at PSU with research interests ranging from boundary layer meteorology to climate variability. UGs mentored by Kelsey have regularly involved in fieldwork and data analysis that have resulted in numerous presentations at scientific conferences. Kelsey has been at PSU since 2012. Email:

Eric Kelsey, PhD

Neil Laird, PhD (HWS) has conducted collaborative research with UGs on both warm- and cold-season microclimate, mesoscale and synoptic, and climate-related topics. Research performed by UGs has resulted in numerous published journal articles with UG co-authors and a large number of conference presentations by UGs. Laird has been at HWS since 2004. Email:

Neil Laird, PhD

Nicholas Metz, PhD (HWS) conducts research related to synoptic and mesoscale processes and the linkages of processes across spatial and temporal scales leading to high-impact weather. Metz-mentored UG research has resulted in many regional and national conference presentations and numerous published journal articles with UG co-authors. Metz has been at HWS since 2011. Email:

Nicholas Metz, PhD