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Dr. Theresa Andersen

Title: Part-Time Faculty Geography

Office: Oconee
Areas of Expertise: Climatology


Dr. Andersen received a B.S. in Meteorology at Iowa State University and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Geography at the University of Georgia. Since finishing her graduate and postdoc research at UGA, where she studied the effects of land surface conditions on extreme weather events, she has taught part-time while also working as an academic editor/illustrator.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Physical Geography

Weather Analysis & Forecasting

Introduction to Weather & Climate Lab


  • B.S., Meteorology, Iowa State University
  • M.S., Geography, University of Georgia
  • Ph.D, Geography, University of Georgia

Research/Special Interests

Hurricanes, surface-atmospheric interactions.


Shepherd, J.M., T. Andersen, L. Bounoua, A. Horst, and C. Mitra, C. Strother, 2013: Urban climate archipelagos: A new framework for urban impacts on climate. IEEE Earthzinepublished online

Andersen, T., D.E. Radcliffe, and J.M. Shepherd, 2013: Quantifying surface energy fluxes in the vicinity of inland-tracking tropical cyclones. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52/12, 2797-2808. doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-13-035

Andersen, T. 2013: Keyphrase trends in climate change research and communication. IEEE Earthzinepublished online 

Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2013: A global spatio-temporal analysis of inland tropical cyclone maintenance or intensification. International Journal of Climatology, 1-12. doi: 10.1002/joc.3693

Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2013: Floods in a changing climate. Geography Compass 7/2, 95-115. doi: 10.1111/gec3.12025

Andersen, T., and J. M. Shepherd, 2011: Seasonal predictability of tornadic activity using antecedent soil moisture conditions. IEEE Earthzinepublished online

Grundstein, A., J. Durkee, J. Frye, T. Andersen, and J. Lieberman, 2011: A severe weather laboratory exercise for an introductory weather and climate class using active learning techniques. Journal of Geoscience Education 59, 22-30

Work Experience

Instructor, University of North Georgia

Instructor, University of Georgia

Academic Illustrator, Research Square

Personal Information

Dr. Andersen currently resides in Athens, Georgia and enjoys yoga, watching Netflix, and playing board games.

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