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alt David Robinson
State Climatologist

Curriculum Vita: | 1. short | 2. full |
Research Interests:

I am an earth scientist, more specifically a physical geographer and climatologist.  My research interests run the spatial gamut from global to local, with an underlying theme being the development of a better understanding of the climate system.  The majority of my published research has focused on hemispheric and regional snow cover dynamics and interactions of snow cover with other climate elements.  This includes maintaining an internationally-recognized database of Northern Hemisphere snow extent throughout the satellite era http://snowcover.org.  This information is used in our Global Snow Lab's research endeavors, efforts of others, and in our contributions to national and international climate assessments.

As the New Jersey State Climatologist, I conduct research of an applied nature that focuses on the diverse weather and climate of the Garden State.  This includes topics such as climate change, drought, flooding, and issues involving agriculture, transportation, public safety and commerce http://njclimate.org.  The Office of the NJ State Climatologist also operates one of the most spatially dense observing networks in the nation.  The NJ Weather and Climate Network http://njwx.org provides timely information to decision makers, the research community, and the general public.

Finally, I have served on a number of national committees and occasionally publish on issues related to my interest in the collection and archiving of accurate climatic data.

Education: Ph.D. 1984 Columbia University
M.S. 1981 Columbia University
B.S. 1977 Dickinson College
Students: John Mioduszewski, Asher Siebert


Graduate Student Ariel Otruba

Coming Face to Face With War


To better understand the impact on everyday life in villages affected by the occupation along the South Ossetian Administrative Boundary Line, Ariel Otruba wanted to experience it. So Otruba spent the past summer in Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, to learn the language and get to know the people. She felt that a personal involvement would help her produce a more effective dissertation.


Feature article in Rutgers Today

Geography Knows No Boundaries


Geography majors receive a liberal arts education that is an appropriate base for further specialized training in academic disciplines which address environmental and international issues or in related professional fields such as planning and public policy, law, and environmental management. Students are also offered courses in which they learn specific technical skills in spatial data analysis, cartographic design, remote sensing, and geographic information systems that are suitable for direct entry employment positions. The Geography Graduate Program encourages work on a wide range of research specialties and fosters strong interdisciplinary ties. The program offers the following degree options: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).



  • Professors Robin Leichenko & Asher Ghertner win Int'l Collaborative Research Grants.
  • Graduate student Divya Karnad wins the 2014-2015 Dean's Research Award.
  • Professor Bob Lake wins the 2014-2015 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.
  • Graduate student Kim Thomas awarded a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship.
  • Graduate student Jenny Issacs wins a 2015-16 CCA Graduate Fellowship.
  • Alumna Ella Watson-Stryker among Ebola fighters named Time Magazine Person of the Year.

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