Weather researcher Jennifer Collins will talk about what prompts hurricane activity in various parts of the world in a talk titled, “Relationships Between Hurricane Activity in the Northeast Pacific and North Atlantic Basins,” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
An Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Environmental Science and Policy and graduate program director at the University of South Florida (USF), Collins oversees the USF Weather Center, where she works with a team of researchers on the frontlines of understanding the world’s violent weather.
Highlighting her own research as well as that of her colleagues, Collins’ talk will delve into three main topics: the factors that impact hurricane frequency variation, the relationship between the North Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific and whether hurricanes are becoming more frequent.
Not a hurricane expert? Not a problem. “There will be material presented for all levels – those who haven’t had a meteorology class and those who have. The talk will start off with Hurricanes 101: a short introduction as to why hurricanes form and this will segue into my research and some of the more complex questions,” says Collins.
Collins’ work has ranged from understanding climate change in South America and Africa to understanding the 2008 fog disaster along Interstate 4 in Florida that lead to a deadly pileup.
Collins began teaching at USF in 2005, after stints at universities in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and having earned her Ph.D. from University College London. She also serves as President of the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, Director of the Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and and serves on the National Weather Association’s Specialized Operations Committee on Tropical Cyclones.
Her talk is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department and the Provost’s Office.