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Meet Gregory S. Jenkins: Associate Professor In Physics And Astronomy On NASA's (NAMMA) Hurricane Mission
07.26.06
 
Image of Greg JenkinsDr. Gregory Jenkins is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the graduate director for the Howard University Program in Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS).

Dr. Jenkins serves as U.S. African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA) committee member and downstream Special Observing Period 3 (SOP3) member. AMMA is an international project aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of the West African Monsoon and its variability. The focus of SOP is on processes specific to the monsoon cycle. Jenkins also serves as the NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (NAMMA)-AMMA coordinator helping to integrate U.S. and international research efforts. NAMMA-2006 continues these efforts and will provide new insight into the processes that govern hurricane growth and evolution. NAMMA is a component of AMMA.

Dr. Jenkins has been actively involved in forecasting activities with colleagues at the National Center for Environmental Prediction, Florida Institute of Technology and Jackson State University for the AMMA special observing period. One goal of this activity is making these tools available to university researchers and meteorologists for research and operations in Senegal. Dr. Jenkins has numerous research interests with an emphasis on regional climate change and precipitation processes in West Africa, anthropogenic and natural sources of tropospheric ozone in the tropics, and studies in paleoclimate.

Dr. Jenkins joined Howard University during 2003 after spending 10 years at Penn State University as a faculty member and researcher in the Department of Meteorology and the Earth System Science System. He spent 2 years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. after finishing his doctoral research in atmospheric and space sciences at the University of Michigan. He received a B.S. in physics from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. During 2003-2004, Dr. Jenkins was awarded the J. William Fulbright research award and spent 8 months in Senegal working with Cheikh Anta Diop University on climate change research and the AMMA campaign.

Dr. Jenkins is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), is an associated editor for AGU-Journal of Geophysical Research and serves as a member on several national committees.

Related Sites:

+ NAMMA Mission
+ AMMA Mission