Scott T. Salesky, Ph.D.

 Dr. Scott T. Salesky is an assistant professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. He joined the faculty in Fall, 2017. He received a B.S. in Science Education from Martin Luther College in 2008, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from Penn State University in 2010 and 2014. From 2014–2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia.

His research focuses on understanding the physics of turbulent transport in the atmospheric boundary layer, the lowest layer of the atmosphere that is directly impacted by Earth's surface. He uses analytical techniques, in situ observations, and numerical simulations in his research. Recent topics of interest include the structure and dynamics of the convective boundary layer, turbulence over complex surfaces (e.g. complicated topography and urban areas), and particle-laden flows (relevant for the transport of sand, snow, and pollen, as well as cloud processes). He also develops numerical tools to study these problems using the large eddy simulation (LES) technique.

Graduate Students

We are always looking for enthusiastic graduate and undergraduate students to work with us. If our research interests you, please feel free to contact us!

Briana Lynch

 Briana Lynch is an M.S. student and Graduate Research Assistant in the School of Meteorology. Prior to joining the research group, she completed her B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Atmospheric Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in May 2017. As an undergraduate, she examined carbon dioxide emissions within the urban boundary layer during the Research Experience for Undergraduates at OU. She continued this research for her honors thesis, comparing that data to planetary boundary layer heights from reanalysis data. For her graduate research, Briana is investigating how heavy particle transport and dispersion are influenced by urban form, vegetation, and turbulence using experimental dispersion data from a field project in Vancouver, BC. Her other research interests include climate impacts on humans and wind energy applications within the atmospheric boundary layer. In her spare time, Briana enjoys cooking, watching movies, and improving on her public speaking skills.


Robert van Kleeck

 Robert is an M.S. student and Graduate Research Assistant hailing from upstate New York. He received his B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Lyndon State College in Vermont in May 2018, where he researched winter weather impacts on electrical infrastructure (power lines, wind turbines). Additionally, he was a participant in the 2017 National Weather Center REU program, where he created a new method of detecting heat bursts using Oklahoma Mesonet data. His research with Dr. Salesky explores the impacts of urban boundary layer flow on point-source pollutant dispersion using large eddy simulation. In his free time, he enjoys working out, DJing, and keeping active with friends and family.