Storm chaser P. Grady Dixon, associate professor and chair of the Department of Geosciences at Fort Hayes State University in Hays, Kansas, presents “Hail and Deer … And Several Other Answers to Your Questions About Storm Chasing” at noon Friday, Oct. 3, in the Gallery in Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University.
The free lecture is sponsored by the Department of Geography at YSU.
Dixon, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University, a master’s degree in Geography from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Geography from Arizona State University, has participated in annual storm chase trips of two to four weeks duration since 1998 and has been leading storm-chase field courses since 2010.
His research focuses on applied topics related to human-weather interactions. He has spent much of his recent efforts researching tornado climatology and the effects of weather on suicide rates. He was appointed an assistant professor at Mississippi State University in 2005. In 2014, he accepted the position of chair of the Department of Geosciences at Fort Hays State University. He holds positions as an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University, Western Kentucky University and the University of Alabama. Dixon has published 28 articles in refereed publications including journals such as, Natural Hazards, International Journal of Biometeorology, Weather and Forecasting, Earth Interactions, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Southeastern Geographer, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Geography Compass, and the Geographical Bulletin.