Image on the left: The research group enjoys dinner at Tomukun in downtown Ann Arbor.

People in the picture (from left to right): Nelly Emlaw, HC Luo, Rosa M. Vargas-Martes, Ángel F. Adames-Corraliza and Bryttani Wooten.


Principal Investigator


Ángel F. Adames Corraliza

Ángel is an assistant professor in the Department of Climate and Space Science and Engineering and a faculty associate in the Latina/o Studies Program in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. He has a PhD in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.

Ángel’s research interests are broadly in large-scale atmospheric dynamics and the general circulation of the atmosphere, with a focus on tropical meteorology. He has performed research in topics such as El Niño, monsoon depressions and the Madden-Julian Oscillation.


Graduate Students


Rosa M. Vargas-Martes

Rosa is a graduate student in CLaSP and a Rackham Merit Fellow. She obtained her B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University at Albany, State University of New York in May 2018. She spent the first five years of her undergraduate education at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), where she studied Theoretical Physics with a Curricular Sequence in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology.

She spent multiple summers as a protégé of the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Program for three years (2015, 2016 and 2017 summers). She was part of the Local American Meteorological Society (AMS) Chapter where she worked in the officer team as Historian (2014-2015), Vice President (2015-2016) and Outreach Commitee Leader (2016-2017)

Rosa’s graduate work strives to understand how the large scale-circulation of tropical motion systems interact with water vapor and convection, in particular those of easterly waves.


Haochang “HC” Luo

HC is a graduate student pursuing his M.Eng. and Ph.D. in climate and meteorology in the department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP), University of Michigan. He received his B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China.

HC’s research interests are mostly practical, focusing on data analysis and modeling in the field of climate change, tropics and planetary atmospheres. He has research experience in Tropical Cyclone and East Asian Cold Air Outbreak. Recently he is paying attention to tropical subseasonal to seasonal phenomena.


Chelsea E. Snide

Chelsea is a graduate student in the Climate and Space Science and Engineering (CLaSP) program and is a Rackham Merit Fellow (RMF). She graduated with her B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany, State University of New York where she completed her senior thesis in Stratosphere-Troposphere interactions.

Overall her interests are in sub seasonal to seasonal (S2S) predictability and is motivated on improving forecasts in this time frame. Her main focus is on MJO initialization and large scale tropical circulations but also has an interest in planetary atmospheres


Undergraduate students


Samuel Ephraim

Sam is a sophomore majoring in meteorology and minoring in statistics and computer science. He will be analyzing data relating to atmospheric motions in the Madden-Julian oscillation. He has been interested in meteorology since he was little and is excited to explore deeper into this field. 


Nelly Emlaw

Nelly is a Junior majoring in Earth and Environmental Science and with a CLaSP minor. She grew up visiting family in the Philippines frequently. This has fueled an interest in tropical storms and enthusiasm for research. She is currently exploring how tropical cyclones tracks are modulated by phenomena such as Madden-Julian oscillation.