Third Thursday: Kristen Corbosiero

This month, I am so excited to profile one of my long-time friends and colleagues, Dr. Kristen Corbosiero. Kristen and I first met during our early days at UAlbany. We worked our way through graduate school together, taking many classes, doing teaching assistant work, and suffering through countless impossible homework assignments. After graduate school, we went our separate ways, so you can imagine how excited I was to learn that Kristen would be taking a faculty position at UAlbany and moving back to the area. Since that time, we see each other at professional meetings, meet for breakfast (though not frequently enough!), and it’s just been a real treat to have her back in the area. She is a gifted teacher and researcher, and I hope you enjoy learning about her and her work in this blog!

Could you introduce yourself, and tell us a little bit about where you’re from and how you got into meteorology?

My name is Kristen Corbosiero. I grew up in Natick, Massachusetts and started to be interested in the weather after Hurricane Gloria (1985) hit the area. The Weather Channel was just starting around the same time and I was hooked.

What is/are your current position(s)? 

I’m an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director at The University at Albany in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. 

What is your work day like?

My work day looks a little different every day. This semester, I teach Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, so I get in around 8 AM to review my notes and any activities I have planned for class. I teach and then answer emails or have office hours, during which students from my class come to ask questions. I then may have meetings or the department seminar. During the afternoon, I work on notes for class, meet with my graduate students, and/or work on making manuscript decisions for the journal for which I am an editor. 

How did you get to your current position? (Previous positions, etc)

I studied atmospheric science at Cornell University and then went to The University at Albany where I got my Masters and PhD degrees studying hurricanes. I then moved west to be a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. After two years in Boulder, I started as an assistant professor at UCLA, where I was for four years, before returning to UAlbany.

What is the best thing about your job?

Getting to teach and work with students, both undergraduate and graduate. I love seeing them grasp new concepts, and being able to help grow and guide their careers.

What is one goal you are working towards right now?

I am working towards becoming a Full Professor. I would be the first woman to achieve this rank in my department.

Author note: Despite many advances and increased numbers of women in the field of atmospheric science, there are still discrepancies that exist and some ‘firsts’ that have yet to occur. Kelly, who works with me and co-writes this blog, and I are one of only a few women who practice in the field of forensic meteorology.

What are some things you do in your free time?

I play soccer on my departments’s indoor team, I do yoga, I love to read and cook and play with my cat, Charlie. I also love to be outside in the summer biking or hiking.

If a kid walked up and asked for advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be? (could be anything at all, not just work related!)

Be on time! It shows your engaged and respect other people’s time.

What is the coolest experience you have had thus far in your career (life?)

Being within a mile of an F-4 tornado (the second strongest rating)

Author note: Kristen shared the experience of seeing this tornado with my husband and several others from our school (we were dating, but not yet married at the time!). I will never forget receiving the phone call from him, describing with all the excitement you might imagine, what the day had been like- meanwhile, I was sitting in boring, hot, humid conditions in central Oklahoma where I was doing a summer research program.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

You’ve don’t have to say yes to everything. Figure out the things (and people) that are most important to you and focus your time and efforts there.

Author note: I wholeheartedly agree! This is advice I wish I had listened to many times over the years!

Thank you, Kristen, for sharing with our readers a little bit about yourself and your work!

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