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Deanna Hence

Assistant Professor


Deanna joined the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2014. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a post doc at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she studied tropical cyclones using the NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research aircraft during the NASA Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel (HS3) multi-year Earth Venture Mission.

Her research interests include impacts of hazardous weather on human systems, convective storm systems, tropical meteorology, and orographic precipitation, especially through using radar and satellite remote sensing.

Complimenting her scientific interests, she is passionate about science communication and policy and public engagement. She career seeks to bridge the gap between science and other human interests to help science be more relevant and useful to the greater good.


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2011
  • M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, 2007
  • B.S. Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science, University of Michigan, Meteorology concentration, 2004

Courses Taught

  • ATMS 491 - Weather Hazard Risk Communication
  • ATMS 140 - Climate and Global Change

Previously taught:

  • ATMS 120 - Severe and Hazardous Weather
  • ATMS 504 - Physical Meteorology
  • ATMS 410 - Radar Remote Sensing

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Climate, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Recent Publications

Elkins, C. M., & Hence, D. A. (2024). Radar Survey of Hail-Producing Storms and Environments during the 2018–19 Severe-Weather Season in the Córdoba Region of Argentina. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 63(4), 575-593.

Tripati, A., Shepherd, M., Morris, V., Andrade, K., Whyte, K. P., David-Chavez, D. M., Hosbey, J., Trujillo-Falcón, J. E., Hunter, B., Hence, D., Carlis, D. N., Brown, V., Parker, W. L., Geller, A., Reich, A., & Glackin, M. (2024). Centering Equity in the Nation's Weather, Water, and Climate Services. Environmental Justice, 17(1), 45-53.

Thayer, J. D., & Hence, D. A. (2022). Transition of Large-Scale Environmental Conditions and Characteristics of Four Rainfall Types Observed by S-PolKa During the MJO-1 Active Phase of DYNAMO/CINDY/AMIE. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 127(12), Article e2021JD036188.

Fischer, E. V., Bloodhart, B., Rasmussen, K., Pollack, I. B., Hastings, M. G., Marin-Spiotta, E., Desai, A. R., Schwarz, J. P., Nesbitt, S., & Hence, D. (2021). Leveraging field-campaign networks to identify sexual harassment in atmospheric science and pilot promising interventions. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(11), E2137-E2150.

Nesbitt, S. W., Salio, P. V., Ávila, E., Bitzer, P., Carey, L., Chandrasekar, V., Deierling, W., Dominguez, F., Dillon, M. E., Garcia, C. M., Gochis, D., Goodman, S., Hence, D. A., Kosiba, K. A., Kumjian, M. R., Lang, T., Luna, L. M., Marquis, J., Marshall, R., ... Grover, M. A. (2021). A storm safari in subtropical South America: Proyecto RELAMPAGO. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102(8), E1621-E1644.

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