Ben Toms


Biosketch

Interests in aerosols and their impacts on both the climate and moist convection led me to the van den Heever research group, where I study mesoscale features within the summertime Madden-Julian Oscillation using semi-idealized simulations. I have also worked on large-scale data analysis, including objectively identifying global teleconnections associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation using advanced statistical techniques. Outside of work, I enjoy trail running and storm chasing, and frequent the local cideries and gluten-free breweries along the Front Range.

Personal Website

Education

BS, Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, 2016
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2016

CV Link

Ben Toms' CV

Awards

National
Apr 2017: Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Apr 2017: Offered Department of Defense (DOD) National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Apr 2016: American Meteorological Society (AMS) Graduate Fellowship
Apr 2016: National Science Foundation (NSF) GRFP Honorable Mention
Jun 2015: Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) Scholar
May 2015: American Meteorological Society (AMS) Orville Family Endowed Scholarship
Mar 2015: Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
Mar 2014: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

University
Oct 2017: MAC Foundation Travel Grant to attend 2018 AMS Tropical Conference
Apr 2017: Mark & Kandi McCasland Award for Outstanding Undergrad. Research Paper
Apr 2016: Letzeiser Award – University of Oklahoma’s 13 Most Outstanding Senior Men
Mar 2016: Outstanding Senior - University of Oklahoma Civil Engineering
Sep 2015: Guy Bradford Treat Scholarship in Engineering
Mar 2015: David James Shellberg Memorial Scholarship (Observational Meteorology)
Mar 2015: SoM Senior Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award
Mar 2015: Fawbush-Miller Scholarship (Forecasting Meteorology)
Apr 2014: SoM Junior Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award

Presentations
Feb 2017: First Place Oral Presentation - 33rd Conf. on Environ. Info. Processing Tech.
Jun 2016: Outstanding Poster Honorable Mention - 3rd Conf. on Atmos. Biogeosciences
Feb 2015: Best Student Presentation Award - 2015 AMS Symp. on Societal Applications
Oct 2014: Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation - 2014 NWA Annual Meeting

Publications

Toms, B. A., J. M. Tomaszewski, D. D. Turner, and S. S. Koch, 2017: Analysis of a lower-tropospheric gravity wave train using direct and remote sensing measurement systems. Mon. Wea. Rev., 145, 2791– 2812, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-16-0216.1

Toms, B. A., J. B. Basara, Y. Hong, 2017: Usage of existing meteorological data networks for parameterized road ice formation modeling. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 1959–1976, https://doi.org/10.1175/ JAMC-D-16-0199.1

First-Author Presentations

National Conferences

Toms, B. A., J. B. Basara, Y. Hong, S. T. S. Bukkapatman, T. Liu, N. Wang, and H. Yu, 2017: Development of a novel road ice detection and road closure system: Modeling, observations, and risk communication. AMS 97th Annual Meeting: 33rd Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies, Seattle, WA. (O)
–Recording: https://ams.confex.com/ams/97Annual/webprogram/Paper315187.html

Toms, B. A. and S. van den Heever, 2017: Assessment of environments conducive to convective generation and sustenance within the Maritime Continent. AMS 97th Annual Meeting: Fifth Symposium on Prediction of the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Processes, Prediction, and Impact, Seattle, WA. (P)

Toms, B. A., J. M. Tomaszewski, D. D. Turner, and S. S. Koch, 2016: Analysis of a gravity wave train using direct and indirect measurement systems. 22nd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Salt Lake City, UT. (O)
–Recording: https://ams.confex.com/ams/32AgF22BLT3BG/webprogram/Paper296039.html

Toms, B. A., E. Martin, 2016: Impacts of climate change on wildfire dispersion in the Intermountain West. 3rd Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences, Salt Lake City, UT. (P)

Toms, B. A., J. M. Tomaszewski, D. D. Turner, and S. S. Koch, 2016: Analysis of a gravity wave train and its influence on the nocturnal boundary layer using direct and indirect measurement systems. AMS 96th Annual Meeting: 18th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation, New Orleans, LA. (O)
–Recording: https://ams.confex.com/ams/96Annual/webprogram/Paper290379.html

Toms, B. A., J. M. Tomaszewski, D. D. Turner, and S. S. Koch, 2015: Usage of a bore-soliton to analyze lower-atmospheric profiling capabilities. National Weather Association 40th Annual Meeting, Norman, OK. (P)

Toms, B. A., B. L. Cheong, P. Kirstetter, and T. Y. Yu, 2015: A case study of polarimetric radar implementation within mountainous regions: Rio Grande National Forest. National Weather Association 40th Annual Meeting, Norman, OK. (P)

Toms, B. A., J. M. Tomaszewski, D. D. Turner, and S. S. Koch, 2015: Usage of a bore-soliton to analyze lower-atmospheric profiling capabilities. 4th International Symposium on Earth-Science Challenges, Norman, OK. (O)

Toms, B. A., J. B. Basara, and Y. Hang, 2015: Development of a black ice numerical weather prediction model. 4th International Symposium on Earth-Science Challenges, Norman, OK. (P)

Toms, B. A., J. B. Basara, and Y. Hang, 2015: Development of a black ice prediction model for emergency preparedness and response. AMS 95th Annual Meeting: 10th Symposium on Societal Applications, Phoenix, AZ. (P)

Toms, B. A., J. M. Tomaszewski, and J. B. Basara, 2015: Analysis of synoptic and mesoscale features coincident during the September 2013 Colorado Front Range flooding event. AMS 95th Annual Meeting: Student Conference, Phoenix, AZ. (P)

Toms, B. A., J. B. Basara, and Y. Hang, 2014: Development of a black ice numerical weather prediction model . National Weather Association 39th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. (O)

Local Conferences

Toms, B. A., J. M. Tomaszewski, D. D. Turner, and S. S. Koch, 2016: Lower-tropospheric gravity waves: A case for atmospherically inclined fluid mechanics. Rocky Mountain Fluid Mechanics Research Symposium, Boulder, CO. (O)

Toms, B. A. and R. McDermott, 2014: Large-eddy simulations of flow over a backward facing step: Assessment of boundary inflow conditions, eddy viscosity models, and wall functions. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Colloquium, Gaithersburg, MD. (O)

Toms, B. A., J. B. Basara, and Y. Hang, 2013: Development of a black ice prediction model for emergency preparedness and response. ODOT-OkTC Transportation Research Day, Oklahoma City, OK. (P)

Last Updated: 12/2017