Andrew Comrie

About Andrew Comrie

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

Joint Appointments: Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences, Public Health

Graduate Interdisciplinary Program membership: Arid Lands Resource Sciences, Entomology & Insect Science, Global Change, Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis, and Statistics.

Research Interests


PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, at this time I am unable to take on new students or postdocs -- my administrative commitments as Provost mean that I do not have sufficient time or flexibility to provide the appropriate level of mentoring.

I am a climate scientist and my research discovers how climate controls disease. My work in geography centers on connections between the atmospheric environment and related natural and social systems, emphasizing the links between environment and society with a focus on health. The range of my work includes climate and disease, synoptic climatology, urban and regional air pollution, climate variability and change, multivariate statistical climate analysis, and map-pattern recognition and classification techniques. I have research interests in links between climate-related pathogens and disease vectors, summer and winter climate variability in the Southwest United States, climatological and human factors influencing air pollution at local and regional scales, climate and wildfire, and new techniques for mapping climate and air quality information. I pursue basic research in climate and its applications as well as decision-support and connections to policy.

The interdisciplinary nature of my research means that I work in collaboration with faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduates in the school and from a variety of programs across campus. I run the Applied Climate for Environment and Society (ACES) lab, which is housed in the department and serves as home for my lab group. We have close connections to other units on campus including the Institute for the Environment. Research in the ACES lab is supported by numerous federal, state and local agencies. I also combine my research interests with service on numerous professional and science advisory boards and committees. I recently completed a term as Editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Climatology.

For Publications, Courses Taught and other information, please see my homepage via the link above.

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Contact Information

Andrew Comrie
Telephone: 520-621-1856
Fax: 520-621-9118
Office: Administration 512


Ph.D., 1992, Geography, The Pennsylvania State University

M.Sc., 1988, Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

B.Sc.(Hons), 1985, Atmospheric Science, University of Cape Town

B.Sc. 1984, Geography, University of Cape Town