The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Andrew Ellis, an associate professor of geography in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, for working with innovative drought-monitoring methods and ensuring the sustainability of freshwater resources.
His work involves climate-change models for forecasting future stresses and trends. He has been involved in funded research projects amounting to more than $8 million, and has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research papers with his colleagues.
In addition to drought, climate change, and water resources, he studies meteorology and hydro-climatology.
He joined the Department of Geography from Arizona State University in fall 2011, and teaches and does research in the Meteorology program.
During his research, he has characterized the North Pacific jet stream for understanding historical variability in Western United States winter precipitation and analyzed soil moisture trends in the Salt River watershed of Central Arizona.
In addition, Ellis has studied patterns of drought in the Colorado River Basin using a hydroclimatic index to create a historical record of drought coverage. He found that trends in drought coverage, the current phases of patterns of climate variability in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the climate change projections of regional warming, and the likelihood of continued rapid population growth point to significant water resource problems within the basin.
Ellis received his doctoral degree in climatology from the University of Delaware.