Justin P. Stachnik

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-1176
Lindley Hall
Room 209
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613


Dr. Stachnik is an atmospheric scientist with a broad interest in clouds, climate, and precipitation. His recent work has focused on tropical meteorology including the dynamics and variability of the large-scale Hadley circulation, quantifying diabatic heating for tropical and subtropical cloud regimes, and investigating fundamental processes related to the propagation and maintenance of the Madden-Julian oscillation. Using observations and models, he is especially interested in weather and climate interactions that may help improve weather forecasts and reduce model uncertainty for both current and future climates.

Education

Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University

M.S., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University

B.S., Honors Curriculum in Synoptic Meteorology, Purdue University

Teaching Interests

  • ATMO 105, Introductory Meteorology (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • ATMO 606, Forecasting Practicum - Private Industry (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • ATMO 607, Forecasting Intern - National Weather Service (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • ATMO 697, Senior Seminar (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Research Interests

  • Tropical meteorology
  • Climate variability and change
  • Cloud physics and dynamics
  • Mesoscale precipitating systems
  • Radar and satellite meteorology
  • Multi-scale interactions

Selected Publications

Stachnik, J. P., Waliser, D. E., Majda, A. J., Stechmann, S. N., & Thual, S. (2015). Evaluating MJO initiation and decay in the skeleton model using an RMM -like index. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 11486-11508. DOI:10.1002/2015JD023916

Stachnik, J. P., Waliser, D. E., & Majda, A. J. (2015). Precursor environmental conditions associated with the termination of Madden-Julian oscillation events. J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 1908-1931. DOI:10.1175/JAS-D-14-0254.1

Li, J. F., Lee, W., Waliser, D. E., Stachnik, J. P., Fetzer, E., Wong, S., & Yue, Q. (2014). Characterizing tropical Pacific water vapor and radiative biases in CMIP5 GCMS: Observation-based analyses and a snow and radiation interaction sensitivity experiment. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 10981-10995. DOI:10.1002/2014JD021924

Li, J. F., Lee, W., Waliser, D. E., Neelin, J. D., Stachnik, J. P., & Lee, T. (2014). Cloud-precipitation-radiation-dynamics interaction in global climate models: A snow and radiation interaction sensitivity experiment. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 3809-3824. DOI:10.1029/2013JD021038

Hopper, L. J., Schumacher, C., & Stachnik, J. P. (2013). Implementation and assessment of undergraduate learning experiences in SOAP: An atmospheric science research and education program. J. Geosci. Educ., 61, 415-427. DOI:10.5408/12-382.1

Stachnik, J. P., Schumacher, C., & Ciesielski, P. E. (2013). Total heating characteristics of the ISCCP tropical and subtropical cloud regimes. J. Climate, 26, 7097-7116. DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00673.1

Stachnik, J. P., & Schumacher, C. (2011). A comparison of the Hadley circulation in modern reanalyses. J. Geophys. Res., 116, D22102. DOI:10.1029/2011JD016677

Lasher-Trapp, S., & Stachnik, J. P. (2007). Giant and ultragiant aerosol particle variability over the eastern Great Lakes region. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 46, 651-659. DOI:10.1175/JAM2490.1

Selected Presentations

Stachnik, J., Waliser, D., Majda, A., Stechmann, S., Thual, S. & Ogrosky, H. (01/23/2017). MJO event sensitivities to tropical SSTs in observations, low-order, and global climate models. 5th Symp. Predict. Madden-Julian Oscillation: Proc., Predict., and Impact. Seattle, WA

Stachnik, J., Waliser, D., Majda, A., Stechmann, S., Thual, S. & Ogrosky, H. (04/22/2016). ENSO modulation of MJO event variability in observations, GCMs, and the skeleton model. 32nd AMS Conf. Hurricanes and Tropical Meteor. San Juan, PR

Stachnik, J., Waliser, D., Majda, A., Stechmann, S. & Thual, S. (12/15/2015). Evaluating MJO event initiation and decay in the skeleton model using an RMM-like index. 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA

Stachnik, J., Waliser, D. & Majda, A. (12/19/2014). Precursor environmental conditions associated with the termination of Madden-Julian oscillation events. 2014 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA

Stachnik, J., Waliser, D., Majda, A. & Stechmann, S. (04/04/2014). Applications, sensitivities, and development of an RMM-like index for the MJO skeleton model. 31st AMS Conf. Hurricanes and Tropical Meteor. San Diego, CA

Li, J., Lee, W., Waliser, D., Neelin, J., Fetzer, E., Stachnik, J., Wong, S. & Yue, Q. (04/04/2014). Cloud-precipitation-radiation-dynamics interaction in global climate models: A snow and radiation interaction sensitivity experiment. 31st AMS Conf. Hurricanes and Tropical Meteor. San Diego, CA

Stachnik, J., Waliser, D., Majda, A. & Stechmann, S. (12/11/2013). Preliminary work towards evaluating MJO initiation and decay in the skeleton model. 2013 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA

Stachnik, J., Schumacher, C. & Lappen, C. (04/19/2012). A mesoscale decomposition of the tropical Hadley cell. 30th AMS Conf. Hurricanes and Tropical Meteor. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Stachnik, J. & Schumacher, C. (10/25/2011). Tropical and subtropical cloud regimes in reanalysis data using an ISCCP simulator. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Open Sci. Conf. Denver, CO

Stachnik, J. & Schumacher, C. (12/17/2010). Hadley cell variability and extremes in reanalysis data: Links to tropical and subtropical precipitating systems. 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA


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