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Dr. Esther Mullens

Dr. Esther Mullens

Assistant Professor


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Curriculum Vita

Focus Areas

Research Statement:

My research interests surround precipitation variability – in particular in its extremes (drought, floods), as well as climate dynamics, and climate adaptation. My other joys are in mentoring undergraduate research, supporting stakeholder science through assisting with climate data interpretation, and assisting in a recent early-career workshop facilitated by CS-CASC. I had the privilege of co-authoring the Southern Great Plains Chapter of the National Climate Assessment (NCA4). At the University of Florida, I will be expanding the meteorological teaching and research within the department of Geography. I will also continue to work with colleagues at OU on the PRES2iP project, which aims to improve our understanding and prediction of heavy precipitation at seasonal to sub-seasonal lead times.

Recent Publications

Mullens, E.D., and McPherson R.A, 2017: A Multi-algorithm reanalysis-based freezing precipitation dataset for climate studies in the South-Central U.S. J. Appl. Meteor. Clim, 56

Mullens, E. D., L. M. Leslie, and P. J. Lamb, 2016: A synoptic climatology of ice and snowstorms in the Southern Great Plains 1993-2011. Weather and Forecasting, 31, 1109-1136

Mullens, E. D., L. M. Leslie, and P. J. Lamb, 2016. Impact of Gulf of Mexico SST anomalies on Southern Plains freezing precipitation: WRF-ARW sensitivity study of the January 28-30 2010 winter storm. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology

Chen S., J. Zhang,E. Mullens, Y. Hong, A. Behrangi, Y. Tian, X-M. Hu, J. Hu, Z. Zhang, and X. Zhang, 2015: Mapping the precipitation type distribution over the contiguous United States using NOAA/NSSL National multi-sensor mosaic QPE. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 53, 4434-4443.

Chen, S., H. Liu, Y. You, E. Mullens, J. Hu, Ye. Yuan, M. Huang, L. He, Y. Luo, Zeng, G. Tang, and Y.Hong, 2014: Evaluation of high-resolution precipitation estimates from satellites during July 2012 Beijing flood event using dense rain gauge observations. Plos One

Mullens, E.D., 2014: Moisture and thermal characteristics of Southern Plains ice storms: insights from a regional synoptic climatology and high-resolution WRF-ARW sensitivity study. PhD Dissertation, Dept. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
Mullens, E, D, M. Shafer, and J. Hocker, 2013. Trends in Heavy Precipitation in the Southern United States. Weather, 68, 311-316

Educational Background

  • PhD in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, 2014
  • B.Sc. in Meteorology, University of Reading, 2007

Current Graduate Students