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Todd Murphy
Assistant Professor
School of Sciences
HANN 302
318-342-3428
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Todd Murphy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Science
Atmospheric Sciences Program Coordinator

Education

Ph D

2015, Atmospheric Science
University of Alabama in Huntsville

MS

2010, Atmospheric Science
University of Alabama in Huntsville

BS

2008, Meteorology
University of South Alabama

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Todd Murphy is an assistant professor of atmospheric science at ULM, joining the faculty in the Fall of 2014.  He received his B.S. in meteorology from the University of South Alabama, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Dr. Murphy is dedicated to undergraduate education in atmospheric science and meteorology, and has a broad range of teaching interests.  He also serves as the faculty advisor for the ULM student chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Murphy operates and maintains several remote sensing instruments at ULM, including the S-band polarimetric Doppler weather radar, two rawinsonde systems, and a microwave radiometer.

Research Interests

  • Radar meteorology
  • Integrated approaches to remote sensing of the atmosphere and boundary layer
  • Atmospheric waves (gravity waves, bores, etc.)
  • Severe local storms & their environments (especially in the southeast)
  • External effects on tornadogenesis
  • Public perception to severe weather

Recent Publications

Knupp, K. R., Murphy, T. A., Coleman, T. A., Wade, R. A., Mullins, S., Schultz, C., Schultz, E., Carey, L., Sherrer, A., McCaul, E., Carcione, B., Latimer, S., Kula, A., Laws, K., Marsh, P., Klockow, K. (2014). Meteorological Overview of the Devastating 27 April 2011 Tornado Outbreak (pp. 1041-1062). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
Coleman, T. A., Murphy, T. A., Knupp, K. R., Carey, L. D., Anderson, M. E. (2014). Extensive observations of the transition region of a winter storm (pp. 1-12). Journal of Operational Meteorology.
Murphy, T. A., Wade, R. A., Carcione, B. C. (2016). Observations and operational considerations of the 4 June 2013 chaff event in northern Alabama (pp. 34-45). Journal Operational Meteorology.
Murphy, T. A., Palmer, C., Entremont, C., Lamb, J. D. (2019). Early operational successes of the University of Louisiana Monroe's polariemtric S-band Doppler radar (pp. 105-116). Journal of Operational Meteorology.
Murphy, T. A., Knupp, K. R. (2013). An analysis of cold season supercell storms using the synthetic dual-Doppler technique (pp. 602-624). Monthly Weather Review.
Lyza, A. W., Murphy, T. A., Goudeau, B. T., Pangle, P. T., Knupp, K. R., Wade, R. A. Observed Near-storm Environment Variations across the Southern Cumberland Plateau System in Northeastern Alabama. Monthly Weather Review.

Research Grants

Murphy, T. A. (Principal), Chenoweth, M. S. (Co-Principal), Jackson, T. (Co-Principal), "Improving Weather Hazard and Geospatial Literacy in North Louisiana" (Not Funded), Sponsored By NOAA, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $450,000. (2018 - 2023).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), Wade, R. A. (Co-Principal), "Improved Understanding of Environments Supportive of Tornadic Quasi-Linear Convective Systems in the Southeastern United States" (Pending Funding Decision), Sponsored By NOAA: VORTEX-SE program, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $132,308. (September 1 2020 - August 31 2022).
Rohli, R. (Principal), Rivera-Monroy, V. (Co-Principal), Miller, P. (Co-Principal), Konsoer, K. (Co-Principal), Kaller, M. (Co-Principal), Murphy, T. A. (Supporting), "Thermal, Evaporative, and Momentum Flux Influences of the Lower Mississippi River on Near-Shore Environmental Processes" (Not Funded), Sponsored By LSU - Coastal Marine Institute - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $44,772. (2019 - 2021).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), Bhattacharjee, J. (Co-Principal), Chenoweth, M. S. (Co-Principal), Leppert, K. D. (Co-Principal), "MRI: Acquisition of a Portable Doppler Wind Lidar for Atmospheric Science Research and Education" (Funded), Sponsored By NSF, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $274,857. (October 1 2018 - September 30 2020).
Buban, M. (Principal), Dobosy, R. (Co-Principal), Lee, T. (Co-Principal), Meyers, T. (Co-Principal), Murphy, T. A. (Co-Principal), "Using Observations from the VORTEX-SE to Improve Predictions of Tornado Formation by Identifying Land Surface Forcings Responsible for Convection Initiation and Low-level Vorticity Enhancement" (Not Funded), Sponsored By NSF PREEVENTS program, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $90,746. (March 2017 - February 2020).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), "Southeastern Radar Site Surveys" (Not Funded), Sponsored By NOAA: VORTEX-SE program, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $31,230. (November 1 2019 - December 31 2019).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), "Sounding sites during MESO18-19" (Funded), Sponsored By NOAA: VORTEX-SE program, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $33,489. (November 1 2018 - September 30 2019).
Brown, M. (Principal), Murphy, T. A. (Co-Principal), Wade, R. A. (Co-Principal), "Understanding the Variability of Southeastern Severe Storm Environments using Mobile Soundings during VORTEX-SE" (Funded), Sponsored By NOAA, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $83,800. (October 1 2016 - September 30 2019).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), Wade, R. A. (Co-Principal), Terwey, W. (Co-Principal), "Understanding the Variability of Southeast Severe Environments in the Presence of Complex Terrain" (Not Funded), Sponsored By NOAA, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $86,454. (2017 - 2019).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), "Radar and sounding support during targeted Spring 2018 VORTEX-SE deployments" (Funded), Sponsored By NOAA, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $12,190. (February 1 2018 - September 30 2018).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), Leppert, K. D. (Co-Principal), "Integrating research and education through continuous atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Board of Regents, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $139,500. (June 2016 - June 2017).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), Leppert, K. D. (Co-Principal), "AWIPS-II Infrastructure Upgrade at the University of Louisiana at Monroe" (Funded), Sponsored By University Center for Atmospheric Research: Unidata Equipment Awards, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $17,904. (June 2016 - May 2017).
Brown, M. (Principal), Parker, M. D. (Co-Principal), Murphy, T. A. (Co-Principal), "Understanding the variability and predictability of southeastern severe storm environments using mobile soundings during VORTEX-SE" (Funded), Sponsored By NOAA, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $58,519. (October 2015 - September 2016).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), "The Weather Channel Guest Speaker" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM CAES: Salary Recovery Funds, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $950. (February 2016 - June 2016).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), Murillo, E. (Other), ""Severity of Tornado Outbreaks in the Southeastern United States versus the Great Plains" (Not Funded), Sponsored By National Science Foundation / Louisiana Board of Regents, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $4,500. (January 2015 - December 2015).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), "Mobile Radar Truck Hands-On Exhibit & Seminar" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM CAES: Salary Recovery Funds, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $750. (November 2015).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), "The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM CAES: Dean's Faculty Support Fund, $832. (September 2015).
Murphy, T. A. (Principal), "Synoptic Meteorology Teaching Laboratory Computer Update" (Funded), Sponsored By ULM College of Arts, Education, and Sciences, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $3,700. (January 2015 - June 2015).

Awards & Honors

February 2020 Spring 2020 Researcher of the Semester.

July 2018 Endowed Professorship in Geosciences.

April 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching.

Courses Taught

ATMS 1001INTRO TO WEATHER/CLIMATE I, 7 course(s)

ATMS 1002INTRO TO WEATHER/CLIMATE II, 13 course(s)

ATMS 1003BASIC METEOROLOGY LAB I, 2 course(s)

ATMS 1025INTRO TO FORECASTING LAB, 1 course(s)

ATMS 2000WEATHER ANALY AND FORECASTING, 6 course(s)

ATMS 3005DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY I, 1 course(s)

ATMS 3006DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY II, 1 course(s)

ATMS 3025INTER WEATHER FORECASTING, 4 course(s)

ATMS 4003SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY LAB, 7 course(s)

ATMS 4004MESOSCALE METEOROLOGY, 5 course(s)

ATMS 4006RADAR METEOROLOGY, 2 course(s)

GEOS 1001EARTH SCIENCE, 4 course(s)

GEOS 1002NATURAL DISASTERS AND HAZARDS, 5 course(s)

GEOS 3032BROADCAST METEOROLOGY PRACT, 3 course(s)