Hurricane and climate experts from @IndianaUniv are available to comment on #HurricaneSally’s landfall in Alabama.

Gabriel Filippelli

Gabriel Filippelli is a biogeochemist, focusing on the flow and cycling of elements and chemicals in the environment. This includes his work on pollutant distribution and exposure to human populations, and ways to engage communities to reduce their own exposures. He is also an affiliate of the Environmental Resilience Institute, funded through IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative. 

Expertise: Earth sciences and human health, remediation technology, sediment geochemistry, chemical weathering, nutrient cycling, paleoceanography, terrestrial metal cycling.

Contact: gfilippe@iupui.edu or 317-274-3795

Chanh Kieu

Chanh Kieu is an assistant professor of atmospheric science at IU Bloomington and a member of the Environmental Resilience Institute steering committee. He earned his Ph.D. in 2008 and his M.S. in 2005 from the University of Maryland, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science; and his B.S. in 2003 from Vietnam National University, College of Science, Hanoi.

Expertise: Hurricanes, atmospheric modeling, nonlinear dynamical systems, data assimilation, climate dynamics.

Contact: ckieu@indiana.edu or 812-856-5704

Cody Kirkpatrick

Cody Kirkpatrick is a lecturer in atmospheric science. His research focuses on extreme weather phenomena, including hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes. By studying the behavior of these storms — how they develop, how they move and the ways in which they cause damage — we can improve weather forecasts and provide more advance warning of their impacts. 

Expertise: Meteorology/atmospheric science, weather prediction, severe weather, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter weather, mid-latitude cyclones, blizzards, heavy rainfall, climate and climate change, climate trends in severe weather.

Justin Maxwell

Justin Maxwell is a climatologist who studies topics such as drought, rainfall and hurricanes. His research focuses on the examination of rainfall variability over time using both instrumental data (i.e. information recorded by weather stations) and proxy data from tree-rings. His past work includes a study that reconstructed historic hurricane rainfalls from tree rings and another that looked at how hurricanes can play a role in ending drought conditions. He is particularly interested in comparing past droughts to present-day conditions to help understand what to expect in the future. 

Expertise: Climatology, drought, paleoclimatology, tree-rings, hurricanes and heavy rainfall.

Contact: maxweljt@indiana.edu or 812-855-5557.

Kevin Mickey

Kevin J. Mickey is director of professional development and geospatial technologies education at The Polis Center and adjunct associate faculty in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. His focus includes creation of geospatial tools and workflows for managing hazard risk, with emphasis on flood hazards; conducting risk assessments; and developing mitigation plans for multiple communities.

Expertise: GIS software training, hazards research, emergency management, strategic needs assessments, community improvement planning, data interpretation and application, predictive modeling, impact analysis, civic engagement.