Dr. Croft’s research relates to weather-related phenomena and hazards, regional climate impacts, and operational meteorology for impact assessment, mitigation, and prediction. In addition, he has been involved in a variety of outreach to K-12 students and teachers, and he has received the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has served as President of the National Weather Association and as a member of its Strategic Planning and Education Committees and also served on the Broadcast Committee. He also served as co-editor of the National Weather Digest, prior to its change to the Journal of Operational Meteorology.
Degree Information: B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1987) in Meteorology, Rutgers University; Ph.D. in Meteorology and Horticulture from Rutgers in 1991.
Courses Taught: Air Quality, Atmospheric Science, Climatology, Environmental Science, Meteorology.
Primary Area of Expertise: Atmospheric Sciences, Operational Meteorology, Environmental Hazards & Prediction, Operational Climatology & Climate Variability, Mesoscale: Fog, Convective Systems, Winter Storms, Applied Meteorology/Climatology, Environmental Meteorology.
Advice for Students Preparing for Your Class: "In preparing for class be sure to do more than simply read content materials and access resources – think beyond the material in terms of context, application, and new questions. The intent of any course is to become familiar with the relevant topic and its fundamentals or guiding principles while also gaining technical skills in order to quantify relationships and to understand systems and their behaviors. This approach provides you with greater awareness, insight, understanding, and the capacity to observe, diagnose, predict, and act upon the science of the world in which we live."