Plymouth State currently has several full-time meteorology faculty and teaching lectures:



Dr. Lourdes Aviles
Dr. Lourdes B. Avilés [Professor of Meteorology] received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, PR and her Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences form the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champgian, IL. Her areas of expertise include dynamical, physical, tropical and historical meteorology as well as air quality and atmospheric science education.

She currently teaches both undergraduate courses for the B.S. in Meteorology and the general education program and graduate courses for the M.S. in Applied Meteorology. She is member of several national boards and committees in the field, such as the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Board on Higher Education, the AMS Committee on the History of Atmospheric Science and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Membership Committee. She currently conducts research on historical meteorology. She has also been involved in research on tropical cyclone formation from African easterly waves, air quality forecasting methods and the in the development of the most recent AMS curricular guidelines for undergraduate atmospheric science and meteorology programs. Read more.


Dr. Jay Cordeira
Dr. Jason Cordeira [Assistant Professor of Meteorology] teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the B.S. Meteorology and M.S. Applied Meteorology program including the Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences, Mesoscale Meteorology, and Numerical Weather Prediction courses. Dr. Cordeira received his B.S. in Meteorology from Plymouth State University in 2005, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany. Prior to joining the faculty at Plymouth State, Jason was a Post-Doc at the Earth Systems Research Laboratory at NOAA in Boulder, CO and was a research meteorologist for a weather software company, EarthRisk Technologies, in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Cordeira’s research interests cover a broad range of atmospheric phenomena in the area of synoptic-dynamic meteorology with a focus on short-term climate variability and high-impact weather events. They specifically include: Synoptic-dynamic meteorology, extreme and severe weather events, atmospheric rivers and heavy rainfall, tropical cyclones and their interaction with the midlatitude flow, jet stream variability, and the atmospheric general circulation. Read more.


Mr. Toby Fusco
Mr. Toby Fusco [Teaching Lecturer] has been teaching at Plymouth State University since 2006 for the Meteorology and Geography departments. He is originally from Portland, Maine and attended the university from 2002 to 2008 earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree . The region’s unique weather and diverse landscape frequently are incorporated into the weather, geography and environmental courses he teaches at PSU. His research interests include physical climatology, micrometeorology and ecology. In addition to teaching college courses at PSU, Toby has also taught at University of New Hampshire – Manchester, Boston University and Salem State University. Toby is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the Association of American Geographers (AAG). He is also an avid New England sports fan. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family and spending time outdoors camping and hiking. Read more.


Mr. Brendon Hoch
Mr. Brendon Hoch [Teaching Lecturer] has been with the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute (JGMI) since 2004. From 2004-2017 he served as the chief systems architect for JGMI, responsible for managing an extensive array of computing server infrastructure. During his tenure, Brendon created an interactive mapwall for high resolution visualization of weather maps and other environmental data. He engineered a High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) for running the WRF numerical weather prediction model in real time and maintained 24/7 real-time meteorological data ingestion via satellite/internet feeds and oversees development of the Plymouth State Weather Center, which provides weather products to an international audience. Brendon currently serves the program as a Teaching Lecturer. He has taught introductory meteorology courses and designed the current broadcast meteorology curriculum. Brendon also serves as a member of the graduate faculty, teaching students programming with shell scripts & Python and meteorological applications such as NCL, GrADS, IDV, Gempak, and LDM.Read more.


Dr. Eric Hoffman
Dr. Eric Hoffman [Professor of Meteorology] received his B.S. in meteorology from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University at Albany (SUNY). His areas of expertise include synoptic and mesoscale meteorology.

Prior to joining the PSU faculty in 2000, Dr. Hoffman worked for the National Weather Service as a meteorologist in the Monitoring and Aviation Branch of the former National Meteorological Center (currently the National Centers for Environmental Prediction) in Camp Springs, MD. While in graduate school, he worked as a part-time broadcast meteorologist for WGY-AM Radio in Schenectady, NY, and as a graduate research and teaching assistant for the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University at Albany.Read more.


Dr. Eric Kelsey
Originally from Nashua, New Hampshire, Dr. Kelsey [Research Assistant Professor] ventured west into tornado alley to study atmospheric science as an undergraduate. While studying in Missouri, he worked part-time as an on-air weather forecaster for the NBC-affiliate KOMU. He earned his Masters degree by studying the synoptic-dynamic environment that led to events associated with evolution of Super Typhoon Dale (1996), including its post-tropical phase. He returned to New Hampshire for his PhD where he merged his passion for the weather with climate change. He developed a novel ice core calibration procedure for identifying the seasonal atmospheric circulation patterns that produce climate signals in ice cores from Yukon, Canada and studied large scale sea-level pressure and temperature variability. In 2008, he was a part of a team that traversed glaciers in Denali National Park taking snow and shallow firn core samples to determine a suitable location to drill a surface to bedrock ice core.

In addition to teaching and student advising, Dr. Kelsey serves as the Director of Research for the Mount Washington Observatory. His research interests include boundary layer impacts on elevation dependent warming in the Northeast, cold pool formation in mountain valleys, boundary layer dynamics in montain environments, cold-air damming in New England, and using the WRF model to produce improved weather forecasts for the higher elevations of the Northeast.Read more.


Dr. Samuel Miller
Dr. Samuel Miller [Associate Professor of Meteorology] received a diploma with honors in weather forecasting from Chanute Air Force Base (Rantoul, Ill.), a B.S. in physics summa cum laude, an M.S. in Earth Science-Oceanography, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include mesoscale meteorology (especially coastal circulation, air-sea interaction, and air pullution dispersion) and practical forecasting problems (such as precipitation type and local winds).

Prior to joining the faculty at Plymouth State University in 2005, he worked as a meteorologist for the U.S. National Weather Service (NOAA), Alaskan Region, Anchorage Forecast Office. At UNH, he served as an instructor/lecturer, a research scientist for the Climate Change Research Center, and a research scientist/programmer for the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory. He worked as weather observer for the Pease Air National Guard Base Weather Station (Portsmouth, N.H.) and as a weather forecaster for the U.S. Airforce at Incirlik Air Base (Adana, Turkey); Plattsburgh AFB (N.Y.); Travis AFB (Calif.); and Loring AFB (Maine). Miller has and continues to serve as a meteorology and physics consultant and software developer for the C-10 Research and Education Foundation (Newburyport, Mass.).Read more.


Ms. Vanesa Urango
Ms. Vanesa Urango [Teaching Lecturer] received her B.S. Meteorology and M.S. Applied Meteorology degrees from Plymouth State University. She is employed by the NH Dept. of Safety - Homeland Security and currently serves the program as a teaching lecture. Read more.


Dr. James Koermer
Dr. James Koermer [Professor Emeritus of Meteorology] received his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, pursued undergraduate coursework in meteorology at the University of Texas, and went on for his M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Utah. His areas of expertise include dynamic meteorology, mesometeorology, numerical weather prediction and computer applications.