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Menas Kafatos, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling & Observation
Dr. Menas C. Kafatos is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. After postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined George Mason University and was University Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences from 1984-2008, where he also served as Dean of the School of Computational Sciences and Director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research. He and a team of computational scientists joined Chapman University in fall, 2008. 
He is the Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, serving as dean in 2009 – 2012. He directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He has nearly 40 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. He has published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (with Robert Nadeau, Springer-Verlag and Oxford), Principles of Integrative Science (with Mihai Draganescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences Press), and more than 250 articles in computational science, astrophysics, Earth systems science, hazards and global climate change, regional impacts of climate change, environmental issues, general relativity, cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, and consciousness.
Total publications: 275+ which include refereed journal articles, books, refereed book chapters, and refereed published proceedings. Total Citations: 2,200+ Highest Citation of single article: 500.
He is recipient of the Rustum Roy Award from the Chopra Foundation, February 2011, which “honors individuals whose devotion and commitment to their passion for finding answers in their field is matched only by their commitment to humanity”; an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences; Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 2006-2008; Member, OCTANe Board, 2010 - present; Member, American Hellenic Council, 2011 – present; IEEE Orange County Chapter - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, October, 2011, etc. He has been interviewed numerous times by: U.S. national TV networks (ABC, KCBS, Voice of America), Korean and Greek TV networks (KBS1 in Korea; ERT, SKAI-Eco, in Greece; PIT in Cyprus; TV and radio stations in Crete, cretalive, tv CRETA, Krete tv), national and regional newspapers and radios in Korea, (Hankook), Greece (Kathimerini, Eleutherotypia, Ethnos, Patris), and the United States (National Herald, OC Register, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, Korea Times).
For more information on Dr. Kafatos, please visit the following page:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menas_Kafatos

Our Researchers

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Emmanuel Dinnat, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Ph.D. in Computer Sciences, Telecommunications, and Electronics, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
Dr. Dinnat’s research interests include active and passive microwave remote sensing, ocean salinity, radiative transfer and scattering from rough surfaces, oceanic processes and interactions with the cryosphere.
Dr. Dinnat has published over a 20 refereed journal articles, authored 40+ conferences paper and a book chapter. He has chaired several conference sessions and had 10+ invited talks. He was the recipient of 4 NASA awards and his research has been supported by several NASA grants. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).”
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Hesham El-Askary, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and Remote Sensing and Director, MS Hazards, Global and Environmental Change
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chapman University
Ph.D. in Computational Sciences and Informatics, George Mason University
Research interests include: dust storms monitoring and detection using different remote sensing technologies. He is also involved in studying air pollution problems over mega cities due to natural and manmade effects as well as climate change and its impacts on sea level rise for coastal areas. He also contributed in studying the global ENSO impact on a local scale over Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region using the hourly precipitation data from NCDC and currently studying that impact over California.
Dr. El-Askary has published over a 20 refereed research publications, conferences full paper and book chapters in these research areas. Dr. El-Askary’s research has been supported by NSF, NASA, USDA and EU. Dr. El-Askary has received the Saudi Arabia award hosted by the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) affiliated with the League of Arab states for the best published article in Environmental Management among 150 articles in 2006. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), AGU, EGU, COSPAR, and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.
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Francis Fujioka, Ph.D.
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Seung Hee Kim, Ph.D.
Staff Researcher
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Jinwon Kim, Ph.D.
Dept. Atmos. Ocean Sci. and JIFRESSE, University of California Los Angeles
Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Oregon State University
Research Interests include: Regional climate modeling with an emphasis on the impact of global climate change on the regional hydroclimate, water resources, and ecosystems in California, land-atmosphere interaction, and the application of spaceborne observations to regional climate and water cycle research.
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Dimitar Ouzounov, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
School of Earth and Environmental Science, Chapman University
Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations (CEESMO), Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University, Ph.D. degree in Physics/Geophysics - The Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russia, 1990.
Research Interest: Geophysics; Geospace Applications for Natural Hazards Risk Management; Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling; Electromagnetic Studies of Earthquakes and Volcanoes; Geocomputing
Interdisciplinary Earth systems science: Earthquake hazard and early warnings: Geospace studies of Earth electromagnetic environment: Earth Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere coupling:
He studies Earth EM environment and satellite thermal radiation associated with earthquake processes. Latest research include Earthquake hazards, early warnings and Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling. Guest-investigator for CNES DEMETER and currently an ISC member of Chines SEM satellite mission. Winner of multiple NASA grants, chaired IAF/IAA working groups and hosted sessions on AGU, JpGU, EGU, ESC and SPIE meetings.


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Paul Chan, Ph.D.
Senior Visiting Scientist
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chapman University
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George Galanis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Section of Mathematics, Greek Naval Academy, Greece and Researcher, Atmospheric Modeling and Weather Forecasting Group, Physics Department, University of Athens, Greece
Research interests include: Statistical methods for the optimization of the results of numerical environmental prediction models; Wave modeling and marine meteorology; Data assimilation; Wind and wave energy prediction; Nonlinear Analysis with applications to Environmental Physics.
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Su Jong Jeong, Ph.D.
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George Kallos, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Athens, School of Physics and Director, Division of Environmental Physics – Meteorology and Senior Research Associate, SUNY/ASRC, Albany, NY and Research Professor
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chapman University
Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A, (1985)
Research Interests include: atmospheric physics and composition, regional climatic processes, sea surface modeling, non-linear dynamics, renewable energy applications. He is teaching courses related to numerical weather prediction, numerical techniques, atmospheric and ocean dynamics. Dr. Kallos has 92 publications in scientific journals, more than 180 presentations in conferences (more than 60 as invited) and more than 200 other publications in subjects related to atmospheric physics and chemistry, renewable energy and marine applications.
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Xue Liu, Ph.D.
Visiting Research Associate Professor
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chapman University
Ph.D. from Wuhan University, China.
His current research interests include terrestrial remote sensing, land use land cover change, environmental information and decision support, natural hazards, global environmental change and human environment interaction. He has worked at Tsinghua University, Beijing, University of California, George Mason University and the Institute for Global Change since 1996.
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David Medvigy, Ph.D.
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Boksoon Myoung, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Chapman University and Research Professor, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations
Ph. D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
Research interests include: Data analysis and modeling of land-atmosphere-vegetation interaction and vegetation phenology, regional climate with an emphasis on hydrometeorology, modulation of climate change on vegetation activity and carbon flux, water cycles and precipitation variability, modulation of climate change on extreme weather events (drought and flood) and its mechanisms, and storm track dynamics and variability.
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Son Nghiem, Ph.D.
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Dr. Jeremy Pal
Dr. Jeremy Pal received his BS in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in 1994 and his MS and PhD Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997 and 2001, respectively.
He is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at LMU where he teaches a variety of courses related to hydrology and water resources as well as climate change and sustainability.
Prior to joining the LMU faculty in 2006, Dr. Pal worked as a research scientist in the Earth System Physics Group for the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy, an agency that operates under the UNSESCO umbrella with the mission to foster the growth of research in developing nations.
He was a member of the International Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-­-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He also has experience with various consultancies including the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office in Ethiopia and the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology in Singapore.
Dr. Pal has over 20 years of experience in the field of climate change and its impacts on water resources and the hydrologic cycle; extreme climatic events including flood, drought, and heat waves; agriculture; and human health. Other areas of expertise include the impacts of land cover and land use change on surface climate and the role of land surface conditions in the prediction of flood and drought.
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Michele Romolini, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Part-time Faculty, Departments of Biology and Environmental Studies Director of Research, Center for Urban Resilience Loyola Marymount University
Masters of Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. in Natural Resources, University of Vermont
Research includes using qualitative and quantitative social science methods to better understand how individuals, organizations, and institutions experience, manage, and govern urban natural resources.
Current projects include: 1) The Los Angeles Stewardship Mapping & Assessment Project (LA STEW-MAP), an effort to inventory, assess, and map the organizations in LA County that work on environmental stewardship; 2) The Los Angeles Urban Tree Canopy Assessment & Prioritization project, a collaborative effort to analyze tree canopy and land cover change in Los Angeles, and its relationship with socio-demographic changes, using high resolution imagery and LiDAR data; and 3) The Baldwin Hills Park User Study, a three-year, multi-phased study to understand user demographics and behaviors in the Baldwin Hills park system located in Los Angeles County.
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Eric G. Strauss, Ph.D. President's Professor of Biology
Executive Director, LMU Center For Urban Resilience Seaver College of Science & Engineering
1 LMU Drive | Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Dr. Eric Strauss serves as President’s Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University and Executive Director of The Center for Urban Resilience (CURes). With collaborative research specialties in animal behavior, endangered species management, urban ecosystems and science education, Eric has extended the model for faculty scholarship by co-founding the Urban Ecology Institute in Boston while he served as a faculty member at Boston College and CURes in LA, both of which provide educational, research and restoration programs to underserved neighborhoods and their residents.
In addition, Dr. Strauss is the Founding Editor of a web-based peer-reviewed journal, Cities and the Environment, which is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service. His research includes collaborative long term studies of coyotes, White tailed deer, crows, turtles and other vertebrates, with a specialty in understanding wildlife in urban areas and the appropriate management responses to wildlife problems and zoonotic disease. His work also includes investigating the role of green space and urban forests in supporting of healthy neighborhoods and how those features can be used to improve science education and restorative justice. He has co-written multi-media textbooks in biology and urban ecology as well as hosting multiple video series on the life sciences and ecology. Dr. Strauss received his BS in Mass Communication from Emerson College and Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University in 1990.
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Bob Walko, Ph.D.
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William Sprigg, Ph.D.

Science Advisors

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Ghassem Asrar, Ph.D.
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Woo-Kyun Lee, Ph.D.
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Seon K. Park, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Director, Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research (CCCPR) Director, Severe Storm Research Center (SSRC) Ewha Womans University
Research Interests include energy, water and biogeochemical cycles in climate system Interactions among environmental systems and feedback mechanisms into regional climate change. Coupled modeling of land surface-soil-atmosphere-ecosystem-biogeochemical processes Numerical modeling and prediction of high-impact weather and climate Data assimilation of mesoscale and storm-scale weather systems

Other Related Research and Collaborators

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Henry P. Stapp, Ph.D
Quantum Mechanics Collaborator

Support Staff

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Ismael Smiley Calderon
Support Staff
Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations
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Nikolaos Hatzopoulos
Computational Support Specialist

Student Workers

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Adam Velez
Student Worker

Partnering and Related Institutions

Ewha Womans University

Goddard Space Flight Center - GSFC

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - JPL

Korea University - KU

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA Headquarters

National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA

National Observatory of Athens - NOA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA

National Weather Service - NWS - Oxnard

Princeton University

United States Department of Agriculture - USDA

United States Forest Service - USFS

University of Athens – Physics Department

University of California Los Angeles - UCLA

University of Miami