Faculty and Research Staff

 Dr. Craig Clements

Dr. Craig Clements

Dr. Craig Clements

Director and Associate Professor

Email: craig.clements[at]sjsu.edu

Office: DH801

Phone: 408-924-1677

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Graduate Students


Taylor Aydell

Graduate Research Assistant

B.S. Atmospheric Science, Monroe State University, 2018.

Taylor joined the lab to study microphysics of wildfire plumes using Ka-band dual-pol radar.

Christel Bennese

B.S. Meteorology, University of Hawaii, 2012.


 Carrie Bowers

Carrie Bowers

Carrie Bowers

Graduate Research Assistant

B.S. Kinesiology/Athletic Training, Spanish Minor, San Diego State University.

Carrie joined the Fire Weather Research Lab after working as a wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service for 9 years. She is a marathon runner and plans to compete in triathlons this summer.

Research of Diablo wind climatology and numerical simulations of the 2017 Tubbs Fire.

*Currently, Wildfire Meteorologist at SDG&E. 


Matthew Brewer

B.S. Atmospheric Science, SUNY-Albany, 2018

Research: Ka-Band Radar observations of wildfire plume dynamics


Heather Kane

Graduate Research Assistant

B.S. Earth System Science, UC Irvine, 2015.

Studying fire weather conditions of the Thomas Fire using WRF-SFIRE. 

Bruno Rodriguez

Graduate Research Assistant

B.S., Atmospheric Science, Georgia Tech, 2016. 

Currently analyzing airborne data obtained obtained during the 2016 Pioneer Fire to study plume dynamics. The data includes Doppler radar, lidar, radiation pyrometer, and a range of in-situ state parameter and cloud microphysics probes. 

*Now at NWS San Diego W

 Jon on a climb of Mt. Dana, Yosemite.

Jon on a climb of Mt. Dana, Yosemite.

Dianne Hall

Dianne is a Masters student in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University. Her current area of research is to better understand fire-atmosphere interactions in complex terrain to improve firefighter safety. 

Dianne was awarded the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) best student paper Raleigh IAWF 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels conference 2013 and was awarded the 2012 IAWF Graduate Student Scholarship.

 Dianne Hall

Dianne Hall

Scott Purdy

Scott is an avid surfer and joined the lab in 2018.

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Undergraduate Research Assistants


Maritza Arreola Amaya


Liliana Chicas


Melissa Gonzalez-Fuentes




Jackson Yip



Dr. Neil Lareau,  2014-2016.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate 

Now: Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Reno. 




Chris Camacho, M.S. 2017

Now Research Meteorologist, Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, CA. 

B.S., Meteorology, SJSU, 2015

Thesis: Mobile Doppler lidar observations of boundary layers over California. link

 Richard installing a 3-d sonic anemometer.

Richard installing a 3-d sonic anemometer.

Richard Bagley, M.S. 2017

Now: Meteorologist at PG&E.

B.S. Meteorology, San José State University, 2013

Thesis: Nocturnal drying events in Central California. link


Matthew Lloyd, M.S. 2016

Now: Meteorologist at Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah

B.S. Meteorology, University of Utah, 2012

 Allison Charland

Allison Charland

Allison Charland, M.S. 2012

Now Meteorologist at PG&E. 

B.S. 2010, Meteorology, San José State University.

Thesis: Doppler lidar observations of wildland fire plumes link

 Daisuke Seto

Daisuke Seto

Daisuke Seto, M.S. 2012

Now at University of Canterbury, NZ Atmospheric Science PhD Program. 

Research Associate, 2012-2014. 

Thesis: Turbulence spectra observed during fire front passage. link

 Kevin Clifford

Kevin Clifford

Kevin Clifford, M.S. 2011

Meteorologist at Pacific Gas & Electric

Thesis: WRF modeling in complex terrain for wind energy applications

 Scott Strenfel

Scott Strenfel

Scott Strenfel, M.S. 2010

Meteorologist at Pacific Gas & Electric

Thesis: PM2.5 emissions from prescribed fires in the Southeast US

 Caroline Kiefer

Caroline Kiefer

Caroline Kiefer, M.S. 2010

Meteorologist at Weather Underground, Inc.

Thesis: Water Vapor Enhancement in Smoke Plumes