Career Overview

Thomas Galarneau received his B.S. in atmospheric science in 2001, M.S. in basic classroom teaching (earth science) in 2003, M.S. in atmospheric science in 2007, and Ph.D. in atmospheric science in 2010, all from the University at Albany. His Ph.D. thesis advisor was Prof. Lance Bosart, and the thesis entitled "Tropical Cyclogenesis Associated with Extratropical Precursors in the North Atlantic Basin". Tom spent 2010-2015 in Boulder, Colorado. From 2010-2011, he was a visiting fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. From 2011-2015, Tom was a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He joined the UA faculty in August 2015.

Teaching Interests

  • Synoptic-Dynamic meteorology
  • Mesoscale meteorology
  • Tropical meteorology
  • Severe convective storms

Research Interests

  • Synoptic-Dynamic and mesoscale meteorology, tropical cyclone formation, mesoscale convective systems, extratropical cyclone life cycles, heavy rainfall, extreme weather events, dynamics and prediction of weather systems

Honors, Awards, Fellowships, and Positions

  • 2016 - Award for Excellence at the Student Interface, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
  • 2016-present - Chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Mesoscale Processes
  • 2016 - Editor's Award for the American Meteorological Society journal Monthly Weather Review
  • 2013 - Outstanding Publication of the Year for the paper "Diagnosing Forecast Errors in Tropical Cyclone Motion", NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory
  • 2012-present - Associate Editor for the American Meteorological Society journal Monthly Weather Review
  • 2011 - Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, College of Arts & Sciences, University at Albany
  • 2011 - Narayan R. Gokhale Distinguished Research Scholarship Award, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany
  • 2009 - Advanced Study Program Graduate Student Visiting Fellowship, NCAR
  • 2008 - Bernard Vonnegut Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany
  • 2006 - Advanced Study Program Summer Colloquium Participant (The Challenge of Convective Forecasting), NCAR
  • 2006 - Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award, Symposium on Challenges of Severe Convective Storms, American Meteorological Society

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Contact information

Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

University of Arizona

Physics-Atmospheric Sciences Bldg., Rm. 570

1118 E. 4th St.

P.O. Box 210081

Tucson, AZ 85721-0081


email: tgalarneau@email.arizona.edu

phone: (520) 626-7843

fax: (520) 621-6833

web: http://tgalarneau.faculty.arizona.edu