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Russ S. Schumacher, PhD.


Associate Professor & State Climatologist Atmospheric Science

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-8084   Office: Department of Atmospheric Science, CSU, 1371 Campus Delivery

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Fields of Expertise

1.) Climate Science

Areas of Interest

 ClimatologyMesoscale MeteorologyOrganized precipitation systemSocietal impacts of weather and weather forecasts


Russ Schumacher is Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He joined the faculty at Colorado State in the fall of 2011. He received his B.S. with majors in meteorology and humanities from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 2001, and earned his M.S. in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Russ received an Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and spent 2008-2009 at NCAR in Boulder. From 2009-2011, he was assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. Russ has research and teaching interests in mesoscale meteorology, atmospheric convection, precipitation extremes, numerical weather prediction, and societal impacts of weather. In particular, his work focuses on weather systems that produce extreme amounts of precipitation, which are often responsible for destructive flooding and flash flooding. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2010 and was selected Outstanding Professor of the Year by the students of the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science in 2012. In October 2017, Russ was appointed the director of the Colorado Climate Center and the Colorado State Climatologist.