Indiana State Climatologist
Areas of Expertise
Applied climate, weather,
and/or earth science research that contributes to the advancement of
understanding of environmental relationships, data acquisition and product
Applied climate science;
extreme climate and weather; drought; climate variability; ecosystem database
management; scientific visualization.
B.A., Geography, Indiana University, 1994
M.S., Atmospheric Physics, University of Nevada-Reno, 1998
Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nevada-Reno, 2006
- Professional Interest: Applied climate, weather, and/or earth science research that contributes to the advancement of understanding of environmental relationships, data acquisition and product development.
- Research areas include: Applied climate science; extreme climate and weather; drought; climate variability; ecosystem database management; scientific visualization.
- Thesis work examined: Surface, upper air and cloud-to-ground lightning strike climatology related to natural fire starts in Nevada.
- Dissertation work examined: Quantifying precipitation amounts associated with natural wildfire ignitions, weather radar reflectivity patterns associated with wildfire ignitions, and statistical relationships between monsoonal moisture surges/pulses and wildfire ignitions.
2019-present: Director, Indiana State Climate Office
(Indiana State Climatologist), Purdue University
2012-2019: Director, Midwestern Regional Climate Center,
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
2008-2011: Assistant Professor of Geography, Towson
2007-2008: Lecturer in Geography, University of New
2007-2008: New Hampshire State Climatologist
2007: Associate Research Scientist, Desert Research
2000-2007: Assistant Research Scientist, Desert Research
2000-2007: Deputy Director of the Program for Climate,
Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA), Desert Research Institute
1998-2000: Research Assistant, Desert Research Institute
1995-1998: Graduate Research Assistant, Desert
- Hatfield, J. L., L. Wright-Morton, and B. Hall, 2017: Vulnerability of grain crops and croplands in the Midwest to climatic variability and adaptation strategies, Climatic Change, 13 pp. DOI 10.1007/s10584-017-1997-x.
- Prokopy, L.S., C.E. Hart, R. Massey, M. Widhalm, J. Andresen, J. Angel, T. Blewett, O.C. Doering, R. Elmore, B.M. Gramig, P. Guinan, B.L. Hall, A. Jain, C.L. Knutson, M.C. Lemos, L.W. Morton, D. Niyogi, R. Power, M.D. Shulski, C. X. Song, E.S. Takle, and D. Todey. 2015. "Using a team survey to improve team communication for enhanced delivery of agro-climate decision support tools." Agricultural Systems. 138: 31-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2015.05.002
- Hall, B. L., M. S. Timlin, M. E. Woloszyn, Z. A. Zaloudek, S. D. Hilberg, P. E. Guinan, J. Andresen, A. C. Curtis, R. Wolf, P. J. Spoden, 2015: A community frost/freeze susceptibility operational guidance tool. J. Operational Meteor., 3 (3), 21-29, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15191/nwajom.2015.0303.
- Hall, B. L. and R. Davis, 2012: An historical prescribed fire smoke database for North Carolina, Fire Management Today. 72 (1), 38-43.