Undergraduate Research


Atmospheric Science Student Research

Dustin and Katrina (both Juniors) analyze Hurricane Matthew in relation to past storms

Matt (Junior) examines the unusual backward tracks of tornadoes during an outbreak last year

    Fall 2016 Studies Underway:

  • Hurricane track length and duration
  • Urban heat island effect in Albany
  • Cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning
  • Northern Illinois tornado outbreak of April 2015

    Cool facts about Atm. Undergrad

  • students work with large weather datasets
  • research individually and in groups use programs to graph, plot and map data
  • present their work at science conferences
  • publish their work in professional journals
  • research over the summer with paid REUs
  • research through internships
  • learn about and practice research in class

Spotlight on Department Research

These students are researching how hurricane track lengths and phase durations have changed with global climate change.

Katrina (Junior, Meteorology Major) says:
"Doing research is so fun and rewarding! Once I found a topic that I was really interested in, it didn't seem like a chore at all. I actually look forward to my weekly meetings with Dustin and Dr. Godek. It's always exciting to interpret our results and figure out where to go next!"

Dustin (Junior, Meteorology Major) says:
"Research is by far the best hands on experience you can have with your major, it is an experience you should strive for!"


Earth Science and Geology Student Research

Jansen (Senior) takes field notes on micro-plastic concentrations at Sunset Bay on Lake Erie

Samantha (Senior) and Kate (Sophomore) do field work on a lava flow ridge in the Cascades

    Fall 2016 Studies Underway:

  • Chemistry of lava flows
  • Change detection in Martian landforms
  • Creating an augmented reality sandbox
  • Micro-plastic distributions in coastal dunes
  • Water depth and size distribution of trilobites

    Cool facts about E.S. Undergrad

  • students collaborate with the NYS Museum
  • do lots of field research (Mt. Washington)
  • work along coastal margins
  • use equipment like a Kinect camera
  • publish their work in professional journals
  • research over the summer with paid REUs
  • perform computational analyses
  • learn about and practice research in class