Welcome! My name is Casey Davenport and I am an associate professor of meteorology in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte. I grew up near Chicago, and have been a weather weenie for as long as I can remember. I am particularly passionate about severe weather, which motivates my primary research interest in the dynamics of severe storms. I participated in VORTEX2, a large multi-agency field project that set out to learn more about how tornadoes and tornadic thunderstorms work. The project also inspired my current research trajectory focusing on the impact of heterogeneous environments on storm evolution. I am also interested in better understanding how changes to environments influence internal processes and storm behavior, using both observations and idealized modeling. My proximity to the Appalachian Mountains further inspires me to investigate the interaction of thunderstorms and complex terrain.
I love teaching meteorology and enjoy interacting with students on a daily basis–it’s the most rewarding part of my job! My teaching and research interests include atmospheric dynamics, mesoscale meteorology, numerical modeling, and atmospheric science education. I am committed to helping students learn the fascinating field of meteorology!