Cameron C. Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Kent State University

My main research interests are in climate change and applied climatology, focusing on utilizing synoptic methods in a variety of applications (especially extreme temperatures, human health, and in coastal environments). Our current NOAA-funded research focuses on establishing a universal metric for defining extreme temperature events in North America. Prior NASA-funded research integrated atmospheric circulation patterns and surface weather types into the development of a water clarity index as an indicator of climate change in the Great Lakes and in the coastal southeastern United States. Past NOAA-funded research projects utilized synoptic climatology to examine various human health-related multivariate indicators of climate change, while another NOAA-funded project uses ciruclation patterns to help predict daily-scale sea-level variability. Additional previous grant-based research includes projections of future heat waves and heat-related mortality in California due to climate change, and assessing the impacts of weather on asthma in New York State.

Earlier research has included studying the relationship between air pollution and weather in Cleveland, the association of circulation patterns to chlorophyll levels along the Florida Gulf Coast, the impact of weather types on winter mortality, and projecting future tornadoes in the US using atmospheric circulation patterns. My dissertation research was the development of a gridded weather typing classification (GWTC) system, which is now updated annually, extends to over 9000 locations throughout North America, and has been applied to various climate-related outcomes. In 2018, the GWTC underwent further updates including daily forecasts and an expansion to a global domain (with nearly 260,000 locations) in the GWTC-2, which was even more recently transformed into two global-scale indicators tracking our changing climate.

In addition to my research activities, I have co-authored five review articles on the topic of synoptic climatology, reviewed grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, served as a peer-reviewer for over a dozen academic journals, and have presented my research at numerous national and international conferences. I also serve as the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Biometeorology.


We Are Hiring a Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate Science (Posted: 13-May-2022):

The Department of Geography at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio (USA) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar (Postdoc) in Climate Science.

The primary role of the Postdoc will be to work on a recently awarded NOAA-funded grant entitled, “Excess Heat and Excess Cold Factors: Establishing a unified duration-intensity metric for monitoring hazardous temperature conditions in North America” (PI: Dr. Cameron C. Lee). Specifically, in the final year of the project, the Postdoc must be willing to work alongside NCEI collaborators on-site in Ashville, North Carolina. While this project will be the Postdoc’s main responsibility, they will have ample flexibility to work on separate research projects of their choosing, and are encouraged to collaborate on research with graduate students and faculty in the department and beyond.

The position offers a competitive salary and benefit package on a full-time basis (100% CY-effort) for up to a maximum of 2.5 years (via annually-renewable contracts, and based upon satisfactory performance). The grant also provides funded travel to present research at national conferences, and up to $8000 for a top-of-the line workstation for conducting climate research while at Kent State. The projected start date of this position is September 1, 2022, but may be pushed back to January 9, 2023, if necessary. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a climate-related discipline prior to the agreed-upon start date. Prior experience using MatLab and Python is required; expertise in one or both is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in extreme temperature research – especially as it relates to human-heath – and a strong publication record.

Kent State is an R1-designated (very high research activity) university. It is ranked among the top 100 national public universities in the US, has a strong research mission, and is dedicated to faculty and student success. It has been named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education 8 times, and was one of only 7 schools nationwide to receive the 2018 Healthy Campus Award. Nestled in the Cuyahoga River Valley in northeastern Ohio, the city of Kent is a quaint college town, located less than 40 miles from Cleveland, 15 miles from Akron, and 10 miles from Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and boasts a very low cost of living. The Department of Geography at Kent State has 15 full-time faculty members and has grown rapidly over the last 5 years; it is rated among the top 10 geography departments in the country.

Applicants should email: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a cover letter, 3) a statement of research interests, and 4) the names of three references, to Dr. Cameron C. Lee ( The position is open until filled, but for full consideration, applications should be submitted by June 30, 2022.

Kent State University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For official job descriptions, visit www.kent.edut/hr.