Martha Shulski

Martha Shulski

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Title Director, Nebraska State Climate Office and Nebraska State Climatologist and Applied Climate Science Mission Area Leader
Address 153c Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-6711
FAX 402-472-2946
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Hello, I'm Martha Shulski, an associate professor of applied climate science in the School of Natural Resources. I serve as the Director of the Nebraska State Climate Office and State Climatologist for Nebraska. At the State Climate Office, our goal is to deliver science-based weather and climate information to inform decisions. I joined the faculty at UNL in August 2009.

My research interests are in the areas of climate variability and change and climate impacts. This involves understanding the causes and drivers of variability (on various time and space scales) and how this variability influences historical trends. Of great importance is also how these changes impact our society and environment. Many of the projects I have been involved with are interdisciplinary - bringing together researchers from various specialties to study an issue - and climate is a critical component to most all environmental issues. I also have a strong interest in understanding information needs and often work closely with users of weather and climate information to deliver decision support tools.

An integral component of the State Climate Office is the Nebraska Mesonet. The Mesonet is a statewide automated network that observes the weather and climate conditions. This network began in 1981 with five stations and now we are fortunate to have nearly 70 across Nebraska.

Each fall I teach NRES 104 - Climate in Crisis. It is an introductory survey of our changing climate. We discuss the drivers of change, look into the data, talk about the complexities of and feedbacks in the climate system, and investigate solutions for adaptation and mitigation.

Selected Publications

Wendler G., M. Shulski, and B. Moore, 2010. Changes in the climate of the Alaskan North Slope and the ice concentration of the adjacent Beaufort Sea. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 99, 67-74.
Klein D. and M. Shulski, 2009. Lichen recovery following heavy grazing by reindeer delayed by climate warming. Ambio,38 (1), 11-16.
Shulski M. and H.M. Mogil, 2009. Alaska's Weather and Climate. Weatherwise, Jan/Feb, 2009.
Shulski M., A. Prechtel, R. Thoman, and T. Fathauer, 2003 - 2009. Weatherwatch: Alaskan Weather. Weatherwise, Bi-monthly.
Shulski M., J. Walsh, E. Stevens, and R. Thoman, 2009. Diagnosis of extended cold season temperature anomalies in Alaska. Monthly Weather Review, 138 (2), 453-462.
Shulski M. and G. Wendler, 2007. The Climate of Alaska, University of Alaska Press, 216 pp.
Damoah R., N. Spichtinger, R. Servranckx, M. Fromm, E. Eloranta, I. Razenkov, P. James, M. Shulski, C. Forster, and A. Stohl, 2006. Transport modeling of a pyro-convection event in Alaska. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 6:173-185.
Wendler G., M. Shulski, and B. Hartmann, 2005. Potential climatic effects of cirrus contrails for the subarctic setting of Fairbanks, Alaska. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 81:149-159.
Shulski M., and M.W. Seeley, 2004. Application of snowfall and wind statistics to snow transport modeling for snowdrift control in Minnesota. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 43:1711-1721.
Shulski M., E.A. Walter-Shea, K.G. Hubbard, G.Y. Yuen, and G. Horst, 2004. Penetration of photosynthetically active and ultraviolet radiation into alfalfa and tall fescue canopies. Journal of Agronomy, 96:1562-1571.
Yuen G.Y., C.C. Jochum, L.J. Giesler, M. Durr, E.A. Walter-Shea, and K.G. Hubbard. 2002. UV-B biodosimetry in turfgrass canopies. Crop Science, 42:859-868.

Educational Background

  • BS - North Carolina State University, Meteorology (1996)
  • MS - Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln, Agricultural Meteorology (1998)
  • PhD - University of Minnesota, Soil Science and Climatology (2002)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

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Other Areas of Interest

Climate variability and change, Climate impacts, Climate monitoring and assessment, High latitude climatology

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Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Environmental Studies
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Bio-Atmospheric Interactions
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Bio-Atmospheric Interactions
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 104 Climate in Crisis n/a