Faculty & Staff
Kathy Straub, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Department Chair, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Office Location: Natural Sciences Center - Rm 111 E
Office Hours: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., MWF
PHD, Colorado State Univ Fort Collins
MS, Colorado State Univ Fort Collins
AB, Harvard University
Straub is an atmospheric scientist with the department. She teaches Weather and Climate, Introduction to Meteorology, Tropical Climate, and Climate and Global Change. In addition, she is involved in many sustainability initiatives on campus, including an environmental audit, greenhouse gas inventory, and a sustainability film series.
Straub’s research focuses on the intraseasonal variability of the tropical atmosphere, particularly the initiation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). The MJO’s large-scale cloudiness and rainfall signature impacts tropical and extratropical weather prediction as well as tropical cyclones and monsoon circulations.
Straub also recently published a study on the variability in tropical cloudiness in global climate model data collected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is currently collaborating on a National Science Foundation-sponsored research project on MJO simulations in a Lagrangian atmospheric model.
Straub has published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of Climate, Monthly Weather Review, Reviews of Geophysics, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, and Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans.
- EENV-101 Environmental Science
- EENV-240 Introduction to Meteorology
- EENV-242 Climate and Global Change
- EENV-443 Tropical Meteorology
- EENV-560 Independent Study
- HONS-301 300-Level Honors Seminar