Karen Kosiba is an atmospheric scientist at the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, CO. Prior to joining the Center for Severe Weather Research, Karen was a professional student. She received a B.S. in physics at Loyola University, a M.S. in physics and a M.A.T. in teacher education at Miami University, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science at Purdue University.
Her research mainly focuses on characterizing the low-level wind structure in tornadoes, supercell storm dynamics, and quantifying the boundary layer winds in hurricanes. Additionally, she is passionate about science education and, recently, has participated in outreach activities at museums and in schools across the country.
A strong believer in experiencing weather from the inside of a Doppler on Wheels (DOW) Radar truck, she has participated in a multitude of field projects, including: Radar Observations of Tornadoes and Thunderstorms Experiment (ROTATE), Hurricanes and Landfall (HAL), Convectively and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS), the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Thunderstorms Experiment (VORTEX2), Long Lake-Axis-Parallel Lake-Effect Storms Project (LLAP), and AgI Seeding Cloud Impact Investigation (ASCII).
A native of the Chicago suburbs, she now resides in Colorado with her husband, cat, and dog. In her free time, she is an avid TV watcher, hiker, traveler, yogi, reader, coffee drinker, and sleeper.
You may view Karen's CV by clicking here.