Getting to Know U

Angela Colbert

Getting to Know U

Angela Colbert

Hometown:
Clearwater, FL
Intended Degree:
Ph.D. Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

Angela Colbert

For Angela Colbert, there’s nothing more soothing than the steady drumming of rain and the heavy dishpan rattle of a good thunderstorm. “It is hard to say exactly when I became interested in science; I think it must be in my genes,” says Colbert. Growing up in the area around Tampa Bay, Florida nicknamed “Lightning Alley,” she was fascinated by severe weather. “Florida is a wonderful place to grow up, and with all the hurricanes, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by them (no, I’m not kidding!)”

Destined for new sights as a graduate student, Colbert was won over by Miami’s metropolitan flair and the Rosenstiel School’s reputation as a hub for cutting-edge hurricane research. “The School provided me with the best research opportunity!  Everyone I’ve met and spoken with has always been very warm and welcoming. The atmosphere here is so friendly and positive.”

With a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida, Colbert’s passion for tropical storms is something she’d like to share with others. Her current research, determining the influence of the subtropical high on tropical cyclone tracks in the Atlantic, is something she believes will protect future generations of storm lovers. She will apply her findings to climate models to interpret how hurricane tracks may change in the future. “With some luck,” she says, “ our findings will be able to help further our understanding of hurricanes’ paths and to create better forecast models. In the end, the forecast models are what help save lives!”

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