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Summer 2021 Issue

September 30, 2021



New Joint Faculty Appointment with NGI and MSU Geosciences - Dr. Johna Rudzin Schwing


Johna Rudzin Schwing is a newly appointed assistant professor of Meteorology in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University and is jointly appointed with the Northern Gulf Institute. She received her Bachelors of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from University of Miami in 2018. Following her Ph.D., she received a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Marine Meteorology Division in Monterey, CA. Her research interests include tropical cyclone-ocean interaction, air-sea interaction, upper ocean dynamics, and tropical cyclone boundary layer thermodynamics. She was born and raised in the Florida Keys were she experienced many hurricanes growing up and became interested in them. Additionally, her father was a charter boat captain and she spent many days fishing offshore, which is where her interests in oceanography and air-sea interactions stem from. She chose to join MSU and NGI because she is able to further pursue research on these types of complex interactions in a cultivating environment that the joint appointment between provides. While at Florida State, she worked with NGI PIs Mark Bourassa and Shawn Smith during her senior honors thesis on air-sea interactions in the Florida Straits and for the FSU Fluxes program the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies.