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Faculty and Staff 


Dr. Andy Detwiler

Dr. Andrew G. Detwiler

Areas of expertise:
Airborne Meteorology Measurements, Atmospheric Physics


Phone: 605-394-1995

Darren Clabo

Darren R. Clabo
State Fire Meteorologist, Instructor

Areas of expertise: Fire Meteorology,
Radar Meteorology, Mesoscale Meteorology



Phone: 605-394-1996

Dr. Bill CapehartDr. William J. Capehart
AES Program Coordinator, Associate Professor

Areas of expertise: Hydrometeorology, Water Resources and Climate, Regional Climate Modeling, Modeling & Remote Sensing of Surface Processes 

Phone: 605-394-1994



Donna Kliche

Dr. Donna Kliche
Associate Professor
Areas of expertise: Microphysics of clouds, atmospheric physics, scientific analysis of airborne meteorological measurements and surface precipitation data.

Phone: 605-394-1957


Dr. Adam French

Dr. Adam J. French
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise:
Severe storms, mesoscale meteorology, numerical modeling, and forecasting


Phone: 605-394-1649

Dr. Lisa Kunza
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise: Aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, phycology, outreach


Phone: 605-394-2449



Professors Emeriti

Dr. Paul Smith

Dr. Paul L. Smith
Professor Emeritus

Areas of expertise: Radar Meteorology 


Phone: 605-394-1990

Dr. John HelsdonDr. John H. Helsdon
Research Scientist, Professor Emeritus

Areas of expertise: Lightning

Phone: 605-394-1987


Dr. Mark HjelmfeltDr. Mark R. Hjelmfelt
Research Scientist, Professor Emeritus

Areas of expertise: Mesoscale Meteorology, Radar Meteorology, Severe Storms, and Cloud Physics

Phone: 605-394-1991



Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Matthew Bunkers, National Weather Service
Dr. John Helsdon, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Mark Hjelmfelt
, Professor Emeritus
Dr. John Stamm
Dr. Gary Johnson



Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
Current Graduate Students
Students may be reached by phone at 605-394-2291

M.S. Students


Ballweber, Alana

Carmichael, Aaron

Gerber, Brianne

Hastings, Rebecka

King, Thomas

Lueck, Ryan

Miller, Kenneth

Moldan, Cody

Nelson, Connor

Schaefer, Alex

Torres, Jorel

Walter, Erin

Ward, Aaron

Werner, Ulrike

Wipf, Jacey

PhD. Students


Clabo, Darren

Gautam, Sushil

Norton, Parker

Tinant, Jason



(Page updated 06/17/2013)


Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology  501 East Saint Joseph Street Rapid City, SD 57701

Office: (605) 394-1994