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Michael Morgan


PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Michael C. Morgan is currently on leave from the University of Wisconsin - Madison while he serves as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction

Prior to this, Dr. Morgan was a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been chair of his department’s undergraduate program (2005-2007, 2008-2010, 2014-2022) and chair of the Curriculum Committee of the College of Letters and Science at UW-Madison during the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Morgan has served the American Meteorological Society (AMS) community as a member of the Board on Women and Minorities (2007-2009) and on the AMS Scientific and Technological Activities Commission for Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (2005-2007) and as an AMS Councilor from (2013-2017). Dr. Morgan has served on the World Meteorological Organization Science Steering Committee Science Steering Committee since 2014. In 2015, Dr. Morgan was elected to a term on the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). In January, 2019, Dr Morgan was awarded the honor of Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

While on sabbatical leave during the 2007-2008 academic year, Dr. Morgan was an AMS/ UCAR Congressional Science Fellow. During his fellowship year, he worked in the office of U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) as a senior legislative fellow. His work in Senator Cardin’s office focused on energy and environment issues.From June 2010 until June 2014, Dr. Morgan was on an intergovernmental personnel act assignment at the National Science Foundation where he served as Division Director for the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences.

Dr. Morgan’s research interests are on the analysis, diagnosis, prediction, and predictability of mid-latitude and tropical weather systems. His recent work has focused on developing synoptic interpretations of adjoint-derived forecast sensitivity fields.

Research Interests:

Synoptic Meteorology Large Scale Dynamics