SCIPP Investigators (PI and Co)

Renee McPherson

Renee McPherson

University Director and Associate Professor
South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
University of Oklahoma
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Dr. Renee A. McPherson is Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma and University Director of the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. in Meteorology. Her research includes the societal and ecological impacts of climate variability and change, regional and applied climatology, and severe local storms. She teaches classes in climatology and physical geography, advises graduate students in their research and education, and mentors undergraduate students who are interested in research opportunities. Formerly, she was State Climatologist of Oklahoma and Acting Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. In January 2019, she received the Charles E. Anderson Award from the American Meteorological Society for her “extraordinary, sustained efforts to broaden participation of traditionally underrepresented individuals in STEM research and education, particularly women and Native Americans.” She serves as Lead Author of the Southern Great Plains chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment.