Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Florida
As the project’s Senior Personnel, Dr. Matyas leads the climate science and modeling components of the project.
Dr. Matyas’s research involves the GIS-based analysis of rainfall from tropical cyclones. She is interested in other severe weather events as well. Dr. Matyas is also currently pursuing research on social and behavioral responses to natural hazards. She seeks to mentor students who would like to examine severe weather events, atmospheric teleconnections, or rainfall, and who have GIS and/or remote sensing skills. With funding from a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, she is quantifying how tropical cyclone rain shield shapes change over the life span of the storm, with a particular emphasis on the effects of landfall.