Paul Markowski

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Paul Markowski
Fields Meteorology
Institutions Pennsylvania State University
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1996)
University of Oklahoma (M.S, 1997; Ph.D. 2000)[1]
Thesis Surface Thermodynamic Characteristics of Hook Echoes and Rear-Flank Downdrafts with Implications for Tornado Genesis and Maintenance (2000)
Doctoral advisor Jerry Straka
Known for Tornadogenesis research
Notable awards Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award,[2] T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award,[3] Nikolai Dotzek Award,[4] Penn State Alumni Achievement Award,[5] American Meteorological Society Editor's Award,[6] National Science Foundation Early Career Award

Paul M. Markowski is an American meteorologist and leading expert on tornadogenesis and the forecasting of supercells and tornadoes.

He was a principal investigator (PI) for the IHOP (2002), PAMREX (2003–04), and VORTEX2 (2009–10) field projects and, with Joshua Wurman, Howard Bluestein, et al, was on the VORTEX2 Steering Committee.[7] He has been interviewed widely by newspapers, magazines, television and radio.[1] He authored with Yvette Richardson, Mesoscale Meteorology in Midlatitudes,[8] which is a widely popular textbook worldwide.

Markowski attended Pennsylvania State University (PSU), graduating magna cum laude from Penn State's Schreyer Honors College with a B.S. in meteorology in 1996. He moved on to the University of Oklahoma (OU), earning a M.S. in 1997 and a Ph.D. in 2000, both in meteorology. He has been a professor of meteorology at Penn State since 2001.

In December 2013 Markowski lead authored with Harold Brooks, et al., a prominent op-ed rebuttal to physicist Richard Muller critiquing substantial methodological flaws in his findings that strong to violent tornado activity decreased in recent decades and his tying the stated decline to global warming.[9]

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  1. ^ a b Markowski, Paul M. (2013). "Paul M. Markowski curriculum vitae" (PDF). Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  2. ^ "2015 AMS Annual Awards" (PDF). American Meteorological Society. 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  3. ^ "2013 NWA Annual Awards". National Weather Association. 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  4. ^ "European Severe Storms Laboratory Awards". 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Penn State News". 2010. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  6. ^ "2009 AMS Annual Awards" (PDF). American Meteorological Society. 2009. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  7. ^ VORTEX2
  8. ^ "Mesoscale Meteorology in Midlatitudes". Wiley. 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  9. ^ Revkin, Andrew C. (9 December 2013). "A Closer Look at Tornadoes in a Human-Heated Climate". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 

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