Jan Null

Jan Null Portrait

Lecturer, Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Jan Null is a lecturer in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science in the College of Science. He holds a bachelor’s in atmospheric science from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in geography from SJSU. He was a meteorologist and lead forecaster for 25 years at the National Weather Service’s San Francisco Bay Area office. His research focuses on California precipitation climatology and heatstroke deaths of children forgotten in vehicles.

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Science, Meteorology and Climate, Weather, Disaster Preparedness, Governance, Drought

Sen Chiao

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Associate Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Sen Chiao is a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science in the College of Science. He earned a doctoral degree in atmospheric science from North Carolina State University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard. He is the director of the NASA Minority University Research and Education Program Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education. His research focuses on aerosol and its impacts on air quality, weather and regional climate, urban heat islands, wildfire impacts on air quality, and public health linkages to air quality, weather and climate. He also specializes in hurricanes.

Phone: 408-924-5204
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Hurricanes, Meteorology, Science, Public Health, Governance, Meteorology and Climate, Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness, Governance, Drought

Katherine Cushing

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Associate Professor, Environmental Studies. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Katherine Cushing is a professor of environmental studies and the executive director of CommUniverCity SJSU, an award-winning non-profit serving low-income residents in Central San Jose. She is a nationally recognized expert on sustainability and community-engaged learning and has advised United Nations’ departments, Fortune 500 companies, the cities of San Jose and Palo Alto, California, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Her primary areas of expertise are environmental policy, water resources management, and service learning. She holds a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining SJSU, Katherine was a faculty member at both Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.

Phone: 408-924-6951
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Drought, Environment, Environmental Studies, Governance, Science, Social Sciences, State and Local Politics

Craig Clements

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Craig Clements, Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Craig Clements is a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, director of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Center (WIRC) and director of the Fire Weather Lab. He holds a doctoral degree in geophysics from the University of Houston. His research focuses on the micro-meteorology and behavior of wildland fires, mountain and boundary-layer meteorology, air pollution and turbulence.

Phone: 408-924-5275
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Disaster Preparedness, Drought, Environment, Governance, Meteorology, Science, State and Local Politics, Wildfire

Alison Bridger

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Alison Bridger, Professor and Chair, Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Alison Bridger is a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. She holds a doctoral degree in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. Her research focuses on large-scale atmospheric dynamics (Earth and Mars) and numerical prediction.

Phone: 408-924-5206
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