School of Natural and Social Sciences

Education

  • AB, Harvard University
  • MS, Colorado State Univ Fort Collins
  • PHD, Colorado State Univ Fort Collins

Interim Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences

Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Director of Center for Environ Educ & Research

Contact Information

Kathy Straub

For someone who loves to learn and think about new ideas as much as I do, I have the perfect job.

By training, I am an atmospheric scientist, so I think and teach

PUBLICATIONS

Haertel, P., K. Straub, and A. Budsock: Transforming circumnavigating Kelvin waves that initiate and dissipate the Madden Julian Oscillation. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society (in press).

Kiladis, G. N., J. Dias, K. H. Straub, M. C. Wheeler, S. N. Tulich, K. Kikuchi, K. M. Weickmann, and M. J. Ventrice, 2014: A comparison of OLR and circulation based indices for tracking the MJO. Monthly Weather Review, 142, 1697-1715.

Haertel, P., K. Straub, and A. Federov, 2013: Lagrangian overturning and the Madden Julian Oscillation. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 140, 1344-1361.

Straub, K. H., 2013: MJO initiation in the Realtime Multivariate MJO index. Journal of Climate, 26, 1130-1151.

Straub, K. H., P. T. Haertel, and G. N. Kiladis, 2010: An analysis of convectively coupled Kelvin waves in 20 WCRP CMIP3 global coupled climate models. Journal of Climate, 23, 3031-3056.

Haertel, P. T., and K. H. Straub, 2010: Simulating convectively coupled Kelvin waves using Lagrangian overturning for a convective parameterization. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 136, 1598-1613.

Kiladis, G. N., M. C. Wheeler, P. T. Haertel, K. H. Straub, and P. E. Roundy, 2009: Convectively coupled equatorial waves, Reviews of Geophysics, 47, RG2003, doi:10.1029/2008RG000266.

Straub, K. H., G. N. Kiladis, and P. E. Ciesielski, 2006: The role of equatorial waves in the onset of the South China Sea summer monsoon and the demise of El Niño during 1998. Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 42, 216-238, doi: 10.1016/j.dynatmoce.2006.02.005.

Kiladis, G. N., K. H. Straub, and P. T. Haertel, 2005: Zonal and vertical structure of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 62, 2790-2809.

Majda, A. J., B. Khouider, G. N. Kiladis, K. H. Straub, and M. G. Shefter, 2004: A model for convectively coupled tropical waves: Nonlinearity, rotation, and comparison with observations. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 61, 2188-2205.

Straub, K. H., and G. N. Kiladis, 2003: Extratropical forcing of convectively coupled Kelvin waves during austral winter. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 60, 526-543.

Straub, K. H., and G. N. Kiladis, 2003: Interactions between the boreal summer intraseasonal oscillation and higher-frequency tropical wave activity. Monthly Weather Review, 131, 945-960.

Straub, K. H., and G. N. Kiladis, 2003: The observed structure of convectively coupled Kelvin waves: Comparison with simple models of coupled wave instability. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 60, 1655-1668.

Straub, K. H., and G. N. Kiladis, 2002: Observations of a convectively coupled Kelvin wave in the eastern Pacific ITCZ. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 59, 30-53.

Kiladis, G. N., K. H. Straub, G. C. Reid, and K. S. Gage, 2001: Aspects of interannual and intraseasonal variability of the tropopause and lower stratosphere. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 127, 1961-1984.



GRANTS

· National Science Foundation ($61,045 to Susquehanna University; total funding $403,613). Collaborative Research: Lagrangian modeling of convectively coupled equatorial waves and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Co-PIs: Patrick Haertel and Alexey Federov, Yale University. November 2011 - October 2015.

· Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate). Travel and conference support for the “Systems, Society, Sustainability, and the Geosciences” workshop at Carleton College, Northfield, MN. July 2012.

· Susquehanna University. Sabbatical leave granted for Spring 2011.

· Susquehanna University Faculty Scholarship Committee ($1000). “Analysis of convectively coupled Kelvin waves in 20 WCRP CMIP3 models.” Mini-grant for publication costs. January 2010.

· Susquehanna University Faculty Development and Research Committee ($4400). “Analysis of convectively coupled Kelvin waves in 20 WCRP CMIP3 models.” Course release for Fall 2009.

· Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Program ($2860). Environmental audit of Susquehanna University. Summer 2008.

· National Science Foundation ($34,968 to Susquehanna University; total funding $339,035). Collaborative Research: Analysis and modeling of convectively coupled equatorial waves and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Co-PI: Patrick Haertel, Yale University. October 2005 - September 2009.

· Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Program ($2500). Surface observations of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Summer 2004.



AWARDS

John C. Horn Distinguished Service Award, Susquehanna University, May 2014.

Susquehanna University “Whatever It Takes” (WIT) Award, Susquehanna University, December 2010.

Joel Cunningham Service-Learning Faculty of the Year, Susquehanna University, February 2009.

Student Presentation Award, 13th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, American Meteorological Society, Breckenridge, CO, June 2001.

Max Eaton Prize, 23rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Dallas, TX, January 1999. Awarded to the student who presents the best paper (judged on content and presentation).

James Bryant Conant Prize, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, June 1993. Given to the student who, as part of the regularly assigned work in elementary General Education and Core Program courses in any of the natural sciences, submits one of the best essays on a subject of scientific interest.

  • ENST-400: AASHE Stars Report
  • ENST-400: Applied Environmental Ethics
  • EENV-242: Climate and Global Change
  • HONS-301: Current Topics Envrmnt Studies
  • ENST-301: Current Topics in Environmental Studies
  • ENST-400: ENST Capstone
  • EENV-560: Independent Study
  • ENST-400: Independent Study
  • EENV-240: Introduction to Meteorology
  • EENV-510: Senior Project I
  • ENST-400: Sustainability At St. Paul’s
  • ENST-400: Watershed Implementation Plan
  • EENV-104: Weather and Climate
  • ENST-400: Wolf Reintroduction in Norway

About Me

For someone who loves to learn and think about new ideas as much as I do, I have the perfect job.

By training, I am an atmospheric scientist, so I think and teach

Professional Experience

PUBLICATIONS

Haertel, P., K. Straub, and A. Budsock: Transforming circumnavigating Kelvin waves that initiate and dissipate the Madden Julian Oscillation. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society (in press).

Kiladis, G. N., J. Dias, K. H. Straub, M. C. Wheeler, S. N. Tulich, K. Kikuchi, K. M. Weickmann, and M. J. Ventrice, 2014: A comparison of OLR and circulation based indices for tracking the MJO. Monthly Weather Review, 142, 1697-1715.

Haertel, P., K. Straub, and A. Federov, 2013: Lagrangian overturning and the Madden Julian Oscillation. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 140, 1344-1361.

Straub, K. H., 2013: MJO initiation in the Realtime Multivariate MJO index. Journal of Climate, 26, 1130-1151.

Straub, K. H., P. T. Haertel, and G. N. Kiladis, 2010: An analysis of convectively coupled Kelvin waves in 20 WCRP CMIP3 global coupled climate models. Journal of Climate, 23, 3031-3056.

Haertel, P. T., and K. H. Straub, 2010: Simulating convectively coupled Kelvin waves using Lagrangian overturning for a convective parameterization. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 136, 1598-1613.

Kiladis, G. N., M. C. Wheeler, P. T. Haertel, K. H. Straub, and P. E. Roundy, 2009: Convectively coupled equatorial waves, Reviews of Geophysics, 47, RG2003, doi:10.1029/2008RG000266.

Straub, K. H., G. N. Kiladis, and P. E. Ciesielski, 2006: The role of equatorial waves in the onset of the South China Sea summer monsoon and the demise of El Niño during 1998. Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 42, 216-238, doi: 10.1016/j.dynatmoce.2006.02.005.

Kiladis, G. N., K. H. Straub, and P. T. Haertel, 2005: Zonal and vertical structure of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 62, 2790-2809.

Majda, A. J., B. Khouider, G. N. Kiladis, K. H. Straub, and M. G. Shefter, 2004: A model for convectively coupled tropical waves: Nonlinearity, rotation, and comparison with observations. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 61, 2188-2205.

Straub, K. H., and G. N. Kiladis, 2003: Extratropical forcing of convectively coupled Kelvin waves during austral winter. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 60, 526-543.

Straub, K. H., and G. N. Kiladis, 2003: Interactions between the boreal summer intraseasonal oscillation and higher-frequency tropical wave activity. Monthly Weather Review, 131, 945-960.

Straub, K. H., and G. N. Kiladis, 2003: The observed structure of convectively coupled Kelvin waves: Comparison with simple models of coupled wave instability. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 60, 1655-1668.

Straub, K. H., and G. N. Kiladis, 2002: Observations of a convectively coupled Kelvin wave in the eastern Pacific ITCZ. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 59, 30-53.

Kiladis, G. N., K. H. Straub, G. C. Reid, and K. S. Gage, 2001: Aspects of interannual and intraseasonal variability of the tropopause and lower stratosphere. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 127, 1961-1984.



GRANTS

· National Science Foundation ($61,045 to Susquehanna University; total funding $403,613). Collaborative Research: Lagrangian modeling of convectively coupled equatorial waves and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Co-PIs: Patrick Haertel and Alexey Federov, Yale University. November 2011 - October 2015.

· Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate). Travel and conference support for the “Systems, Society, Sustainability, and the Geosciences” workshop at Carleton College, Northfield, MN. July 2012.

· Susquehanna University. Sabbatical leave granted for Spring 2011.

· Susquehanna University Faculty Scholarship Committee ($1000). “Analysis of convectively coupled Kelvin waves in 20 WCRP CMIP3 models.” Mini-grant for publication costs. January 2010.

· Susquehanna University Faculty Development and Research Committee ($4400). “Analysis of convectively coupled Kelvin waves in 20 WCRP CMIP3 models.” Course release for Fall 2009.

· Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Program ($2860). Environmental audit of Susquehanna University. Summer 2008.

· National Science Foundation ($34,968 to Susquehanna University; total funding $339,035). Collaborative Research: Analysis and modeling of convectively coupled equatorial waves and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Co-PI: Patrick Haertel, Yale University. October 2005 - September 2009.

· Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Program ($2500). Surface observations of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Summer 2004.



AWARDS

John C. Horn Distinguished Service Award, Susquehanna University, May 2014.

Susquehanna University “Whatever It Takes” (WIT) Award, Susquehanna University, December 2010.

Joel Cunningham Service-Learning Faculty of the Year, Susquehanna University, February 2009.

Student Presentation Award, 13th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, American Meteorological Society, Breckenridge, CO, June 2001.

Max Eaton Prize, 23rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Dallas, TX, January 1999. Awarded to the student who presents the best paper (judged on content and presentation).

James Bryant Conant Prize, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, June 1993. Given to the student who, as part of the regularly assigned work in elementary General Education and Core Program courses in any of the natural sciences, submits one of the best essays on a subject of scientific interest.

Courses Taught

  • ENST-400: AASHE Stars Report
  • ENST-400: Applied Environmental Ethics
  • EENV-242: Climate and Global Change
  • HONS-301: Current Topics Envrmnt Studies
  • ENST-301: Current Topics in Environmental Studies
  • ENST-400: ENST Capstone
  • EENV-560: Independent Study
  • ENST-400: Independent Study
  • EENV-240: Introduction to Meteorology
  • EENV-510: Senior Project I
  • ENST-400: Sustainability At St. Paul’s
  • ENST-400: Watershed Implementation Plan
  • EENV-104: Weather and Climate
  • ENST-400: Wolf Reintroduction in Norway