Michelle R. Spencer

Michelle R. Spencer

Ph.D. Student


I started my PhD journey here at OU as a graduate research assistant in January 2022. My work includes investigating boundary layer interactions around Houston, TX and how the sea-breeze and air pollution may affect convection initiation surrounding the city. I focus on ground-based boundary layer profiler observations. Prior to OU, I received my M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I focused on a modeling study investigating forecast uncertainty in high-shear low-CAPE environments in the southeastern United States relating to sea-surface temperature sensitivities. I earned my B.S. in Meteorology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in December 2019.

  • Boundary layer observations
  • Convection initiation
  • Sea-breeze dynamics
  • Low-level jets
  • MS in Atmospheric Sciences, 2021

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • BS in Meteorology, 2019

    Metropolitan State University of Denver