Media tip sheet: CSU experts can discuss Hurricane Patricia and its aftermath

The following experts can discuss Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 hurricane expected to make landfall in southwestern Mexico Oct. 23. More names will be added as they become available. 


• Philip Klotzbach, Colorado State University meteorologist and hurricane expert, is available via email and Twitter to comment on Hurricane Patricia.

Klotzbach is tweeting about the storm and its impacts. Follow him @philklotzbach. Email him:

William Gray, professor emeritus of atmospheric science, heads the CSU Tropical Meteorology Project with Klotzbach. Call him at 970-491-8345.

• Eric D. Maloney, professor of atmospheric science, can speak on tropical meteorology, hurricanes and ocean-atmosphere interactions. Email him:

• John Knaff is a NOAA hurricane researcher co-located with CSU’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), and can address hurricane research and forecast application development. Email him:

• Andrea Schumacher  is a CIRA research associate with a background in hurricane guidance development and estimating and communicating forecast uncertainty. Email her:

• Chris Slocum is a researcher in the Department of Atmospheric Science, studying tropical cyclone rapid intensification. Email him: or follow him on Twitter: @cslocumwx

Civil infrastructure

• John van de Lindt, professor of civil engineering and co-director of the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, can comment on buildings and infrastructure and the impact of natural disasters on communities. Email him:

Socially vulnerable populations

• Lori Peek, associate professor of sociology, is director of the Center for Disaster Recovery at CSU. Her work focuses on socially vulnerable populations — including children, women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities — in disaster. Contact her at or 303-324-4132.