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About Jennifer Collins

Dr. Jennifer Collins is a Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on weather and climate. As a hurricane researcher, Dr. Collins is interested in the interaction between large scale climatic patterns such as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Madden – Julian Oscillation and seasonal patterns of tropical cyclone activity in multiple oceanic basins. She is currently studying the environmental factors influencing the interannual and intraseasonal variation of hurricane activity in the eastern North Pacific and Atlantic oceans. As well as her work in the physical sciences she also works in the social sciences as she examines human behavior relating to hurricane evacuation. In addition to her hurricane work, Dr. Collins works in other areas related to weather, climate and hazards. She works closely on projects with the National Weather Service involving tornadoes and fog. In addition, she collaborates with international researchers and works in the area of climate change. Dr. Collins is the President of the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, former Chair of the Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and serves on the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Unidata strategic advisory committee.


Present Professor, University of South Florida School of Geosciences


Research Interests


2017 - 2020 Weather, Climate and Society: An Interdisciplinary Approach Integrating Physical and Social Sciences
2017 - 2018 Social and geophysical influences on evacuation decision making for Hurricane Irma
2015 Hurricanes and Climate Change
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Honors and Awards

  • • Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award, American Meteorological Society, 2019
  • • Southeast Division of the American Association of Geographers Research Award, 2018
  • • Kosove Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Service Award, University of South Florida, 2015
  • • Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) Faculty Fellow, 2013-2015
  • • Excellence in Teaching Award, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, 2010
  • • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of South Florida, 2007-2008


  • GEO 6970 - Geographic Research design
  • GEO 6255 - Weather, Climate, & Society
  • IDH 4930 - Hurricane Research Methods Seminar
  • EVR 4930 - Weather Studies
  • GEO 2371 - Introduction to Earth System Science
  • GEO 1930 - Geography of Current Events


2002 Ph.D., University College London
1997 B.Sc., University of Lancaster

Contact Information

Office: NES 316
Lab: NES 222
Phone: (813) 974-4242


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