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Personal profile

Deanna joined the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2014. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a post doc at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she studied tropical cyclones using the NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research aircraft during the NASA Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel (HS3) multi-year Earth Venture Mission.

Her research interests include impacts of hazardous weather on human systems, convective storm systems, tropical meteorology, and orographic precipitation, especially through using radar and satellite remote sensing.

Complimenting her scientific interests, she is passionate about science communication and policy and public engagement. She career seeks to bridge the gap between science and other human interests to help science be more relevant and useful to the greater good.


  • ATMS 491 - Weather Hazard Risk Communication
  • ATMS 140 - Climate and Global Change

Previously taught:

  • ATMS 120 - Severe and Hazardous Weather
  • ATMS 504 - Physical Meteorology
  • ATMS 410 - Radar Remote Sensing


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2011
  • M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, 2007
  • B.S. Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science, University of Michigan, Meteorology concentration, 2004

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