Joseph Finlon

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  • Ph.D., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, In progress
  • M.S., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, December 2015
  • B.S., Department of Meteorology, State University of New York at Oswego, May 2012

My life as an atmospheric scientist and photographer started off in the ever-increasing desert population outside Phoenix, Arizona. Besides school there wasn’t much to do; with temperatures soaring into the 110s and no access to a pool for relief, being outside was uncomfortable to say the least. What I did enjoy was watching the dust storms roll into the area along with countless lightning strikes from monsoon storms. These events sparked my interest in the weather at a young age, and since then I haven’t looked back.

Throughout my high school and undergraduate years at SUNY Oswego I acquired a great deal of knowledge in the field of meteorology, whether it be field research with a Doppler-On-Wheels (DOW) or independent study using ArcGIS.

My time as a graduate assistant in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois has proven to be both enlightening and challenging. Under the advisement of Dr. Bob Rauber and Dr. Greg McFarquhar, my academic journey in the areas of radar meteorology and cloud microphysics has been excellent in preparing me with my career following graduate school.

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