Online Abridged Curriculum Vitae
Last updated 12 November 2017

Alan W. Black, Ph.D.

Department of Geography and Anthropology - Louisiana State University
E333 Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 - email:

Current Appointments:

Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University
Program Manager, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
Program Manager, Disaster Science and Management (DSM) Program, Louisiana State University


Education:

Ph.D. in Geography, 2015, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
- Dissertation title: "Winter Precipitation Hazards in the United States"
- Committee: Thomas L. Mote (Advisor); John A. Knox; Andrew J. Grundstein; Alan E. Stewart

M.S. in Geography (Climatology Specialization), 2008, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
- Thesis title: "Non-tornadic Convective Wind Fatalities in the United States 1977-2007"
- Committee: Walker S. Ashley (Advisor); Mace Bentley; David Changnon

B.S., Upper Division Honors in Meteorology, 2006, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

A.A., 2003, Black Hawk College, Moline, IL


Refereed Publications:

Black, A.W., G. Villarini, and T.L. Mote, 2017: Effects of Rainfall on Vehicle Crashes in Six U.S. States. Weather, Climate, and Society, 9, 53-70. [More Information]

Williams, C.A., P.W. Miller, A.W. Black, and J.A. Knox, 2017: Throwing Caution to the Wind: National Weather Service Wind Products as Perceived by a Weather-Salient Sample. Journal of Operational Meteorology, 5, 103-120. [Full Text]

Miller, P.W., A.W. Black, C.A. Williams, and J.A. Knox, 2016: Quantitative Assessment of Human Wind Speed Overestimation. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 55, 1009-1020. [More Information]

Miller, P.W., A.W. Black, C.A. Williams, and J.A. Knox, 2016: Maximum Wind Gusts Associated with Human-Reported Nonconvective Wind Events and a Comparison to Current Warning Issuance Criteria. Weather and Forecasting, 31, 451-465. [More Information]

Black, A.W., and T.L. Mote, 2015: Effects of Winter Precipitation on Automobile Collisions, Injuries, and Fatalities in the United States. Journal of Transport Geography, 48, 165-175. [More Information]

Black, A.W., and T.L. Mote, 2015: Characteristics of Winter Precipitation Related Transportation Fatalities in the United States. Weather, Climate, and Society, 7, 133-145. [More Information; "Paper of Note" in BAMS]

Knox, J.A., J.A. Rackley, A.W. Black, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, and S.Brustad, 2012: Tornado debris characteristics and trajectories during the 27 April 2011 super outbreak as determined using social media data. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94, 1371-1380. [More Information]

Black, A.W., and W.S. Ashley, 2011: The relationship between tornadic and nontornadic convective wind fatalities and warnings. Weather, Climate, and Society, 3, 31-47. [More information; also featured in the Tornado Warning, Preparedness, and Impacts special collection]

Gensini, V., A.W. Black, D. Changnon, and S. Changnon, 2011: September 2008 heavy rains in Northeast Illinois: meteorological analysis and impacts. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science, 104, 17-33. [More Information]

Black, A.W., and W.S. Ashley, 2010: Nontornadic convective wind fatalities in the United States. Natural Hazards, 54, 355-366. [More Information]

Ashley, W.S., and A.W. Black, 2008:  Fatalities associated with nonconvective high-wind events in the United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 47, 717-725. [More Information]


Book Chapters and Other Publications:

Knox, J.A., A.W. Black, J.A. Rackley, E.N. Wilson, J.S. Grant, S.P. Phelps, D. Nevius, and C. Dunn, 2016: Automated turbulence forecasting strategies. Aviation Turbulence: Processes, Detection, Prediction. Robert Sharman and Todd Lane, eds., Springer. [More Information]

Changnon, S.A., and A.W. Black, 2009: 2008: A record wet and stormy year in Illinois. Report of Investigation 117, Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL. [PDF]


Grants and Contracts:
Awarded, external:

SEC Faculty Travel Grant. Southeastern Conference (SEC), 2017-2018.

Climate Science Organization Support Services for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Climate Change Risk Assessment. With B.D. Keim (LSU). National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 2016-2017.

Graduate Student Affinity Group of the Association of American Geographers Research Award, 2013.

Awarded, internal:

University of Georgia Dissertation Completion Award, 2014-2015.


Teaching Experience:

Instructor, Louisiana State University, January, 2017 - present

        - Instructor for Fundamentals of Emergency Management (GEOG 2210): Spring 2017, Fall 2017

Instructor, University of Georgia, July, 2012 - May, 2014

        - Instructor for Introduction to Weather and Climate (GEOG 1112): Fall 2013, Spring 2014
        - Instructor for Atmospheric Hazards (GEOG 3130): Summer 2012
        - Instructor for Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory (GEOG 1112L): Fall 2012, Spring 2013 (Course Coordinator), Summer 2013 (Course Coordinator)

Teaching Assistant, Northern Illinois University, August, 2006 - May, 2008

        - Teaching Assistant for GEOG 106, GEOG 256, GEOG 361, GEOG 460, MET 300, MET 320, and MET 444

Adjunct Faculty, Black Hawk College, June - July, 2007

        - Instructor for Meteorology (GEOG 106)

Other Professional Experience:

Postdoctoral Scholar, IIHR–Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa, August, 2015 - June, 2016

Research Assistant, University of Georgia, August, 2010 - August, 2012

Service Climatologist, Midwestern Regional Climate Center, June, 2008 - July, 2010

Weather Director/Cooperative Observer, Northern Illinois University, August, 2004 - May, 2005

Student Volunteer, NWS Quad Cities (Davenport, IA), May - August, 2004


Selected Conference Proceedings/Presentations:

Black, A.W., 2017: Rainfall Impacts on Automobile Accidents in the United States. 113th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA.

Miller, P.W., A.W. Black, C.A. Williams, and J.A. Knox, 2016: Estimating in "Vane": A Quantitative Description of Wind Speed Overestimation by Human Observers Versus Instrument Measurements. 96th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, New Orleans, LA.

Williams, C.A., P.W. Miller, A.W. Black, and J.A. Knox, 2016: Throwing Caution to the Wind: National Weather Service Wind Products as Perceived by a Weather-Savvy Public. 96th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, New Orleans, LA. [More Information]

Williams, C.A., A.W. Black, and J.A. Knox, 2015: Throwing Caution to the Wind: A Weather Savvy Perspective on Wind Terminology and Wind-Related Damage. 40th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association, Oklahoma City, OK.

Knox, J.A., A.W. Black, and coauthors, 2015: Case Study of a Deadly Wake Low-Caused Windthrow Event. 40th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association, Oklahoma City, OK.

Knox, J.A., P. Miller, and A.W. Black, 2015: A preliminary consistency assessment between reported nonconvective wind magnitudes in Storm Data and local station measurements. 40th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association, Oklahoma City, OK.

Black, A.W., 2015: Winter Precipitation Impacts on Automobile Accidents in the United States. 111th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL.

Black, A.W., 2014: Effects of Winter Precipitation on Automobile Collisions, Injuries, and Fatalities in the United States. 69th Annual Meeting, Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers, Athens, GA.

Black, A.W., 2014: Winter Precipitation Impacts on Automobile Accidents in the United States. 37th Applied Geography Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Gilliland, J.M., J.D. Durkee, A.W. Black, P.G. Dixon, S. Gunter, and J. A. Knox, 2014: Long-term trend analysis of surface wind speeds over the southern United States. 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL. [PDF]

Black, A.W., 2014: Winter Precipitation Impacts on Automobile Accidents in the United States. 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL. [PDF]

Ramseyer, C.A., J.A. Rackley, A.W. Black, and J.A. Knox, 2014: “Superstorm” Sandy’s Social Media Surge in Twitter: A Three-Dimensional Analysis. 94th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Atlanta, GA. [PDF]

Black, A.W., 2014: Assessment of Indirect Fatalities from Winter Precipitation. 94th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Atlanta, GA. [PDF]

Black, A.W., 2013: Distribution of Winter Weather Losses in the United States. 109th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA. [PDF]

Black, A.W., J.A. Knox, J.A Rackley, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, and S.Brustad, 2012: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data. 67th Annual Meeting, Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers, Asheville, NC.

Rackley, J.A., J.A. Knox, A.W. Black, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, and S.Brustad, 2012: Using Social Media for Scientific Research: Experiences from a Tornado Debris Research Project. 26th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN. [PDF]

Knox, J.A., J.A Rackley, A.W. Black, V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, and S.Brustad, 2012: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data. 26th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN. [PDF]

Black, A.W. and W.S. Ashley, 2008: Non-tornadic convective wind fatalities in the United States. 24th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Savannah, GA. [PDF]

Black, A.W. and W.S. Ashley, 2006: Fatalities associated with non-convective high wind events in the United States. 23rd Conference on Severe Local Storms, St. Louis, MO. [PDF]


Invited Papers and Oral Presentations:

University of Georgia Faculty Learning Community on Using Social Media in the Classroom. November, 2013: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data.

J.A. Knox, J.A Rackley, Black, A.W., V.A. Gensini, M.Butler, C.Dunn, T.Gallo, M.R.Hunter, L.Lindsey, M.Phan, R.Scroggs, and S.Brustad, 2013: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. (Invited conference presentation summary)

Gordon State College (GA) Math and Natural Sciences Seminar Series, February 25, 2013: Analysis of Tornado Debris Trajectories During the 27 April 2011 Super Outbreak as Determined Using Social Media Data.


Service and Professional Development:

National Weather Association (NWA) Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee, 2012-present

Meteorology Event Supervisor, Georgia Science Olympiad, 2011-2015; 2017-present

Instructor, UGA Duke TIP Program, 2012-2013

Colloquium Committee, University of Georgia Department of Geography, 2012-2013

Graduate Advisor, University of Georgia Local Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, 2012-2013

Graduate Representative to Hiring Committee, University of Georgia Department of Geography, 2012

Graduate Representative to Faculty Council, University of Georgia Department of Geography, 2011-2012

Weather and Society*Integrated Studies (WAS*IS) Workshop participant, 2011

Meteorology Event Supervisor, Illinois Science Olympiad, 2009-2010

Manuscript reviews for numerous journals including: Applied Geography, Earth Interactions, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Journal of Climate, Journal of Transport Geography, Meteorological Applications, Natural Hazards, Physical Geography, Science of the Total Environment, and Weather, Climate, and Society.

Awards and Honors:

University of Georgia Department of Geography Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2014

WxChallenge National Forecasting Contest - 2nd Place Graduate Student Category and 4th Place Overall, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 2014

WxChallenge National Forecasting Contest - 1st Place Graduate Student Category and 2nd Place Overall, Atlanta, GA, 2014

WxChallenge National Forecasting Contest - 3rd Place Graduate Student Category and 13th Place Overall, Cheyenne, WY, 2013

WxChallenge National Forecasting Contest - 1st Place Graduate Student Category and 2nd Place Overall, New Orleans, LA, 2012

WxChallenge National Forecasting Contest - 3rd Place Graduate Student Category and 8th Place Overall, Lincoln, NE, 2012

Northern Illinois University Department of Geography Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2008

Northern Illinois University Centennial Scholarship, 2003

Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1999


Professional Organizations and Honor Societies:

Association of American Geographers

American Meteorological Society

National Weather Association

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society


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