Justin P. Stachnik

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 209
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613


Dr. Stachnik is an atmospheric scientist with a broad interest in clouds, climate, and precipitation. His recent work has focused on tropical meteorology including the dynamics and variability of the large-scale Hadley circulation, quantifying diabatic heating for tropical and subtropical cloud regimes, and investigating fundamental processes related to the propagation and maintenance of the Madden-Julian oscillation. Using observations and models, he is especially interested in weather and climate interactions that may help improve weather forecasts and reduce model uncertainty for both current and future climates.


Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University

M.S., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University

B.S., Honors Curriculum in Synoptic Meteorology, Purdue University

Teaching Interests

  • ATMO 105, Introductory Meteorology (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)
  • ATMO 606, Forecasting Practicum - Private Industry (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • ATMO 607, Forecasting Intern - National Weather Service (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • ATMO 630, Synoptic Meteorology (Spring 2018)
  • ATMO 697, Senior Seminar (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • ATMO 731, Clouds, Climate & Precipitation (Fall 2017)

Research Interests

  • Tropical meteorology
  • Climate variability and change
  • Cloud physics and dynamics
  • Mesoscale precipitating systems
  • Radar and satellite meteorology
  • Multi-scale interactions

Selected Publications

Stachnik, J. P., Waliser, D. E., Majda, A. J., Stechmann, S. N., & Thual, S. (2015). Evaluating MJO initiation and decay in the skeleton model using an RMM -like index. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 11486-11508. DOI:10.1002/2015JD023916

Stachnik, J. P., Waliser, D. E., & Majda, A. J. (2015). Precursor environmental conditions associated with the termination of Madden-Julian oscillation events. J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 1908-1931. DOI:10.1175/JAS-D-14-0254.1

Li, J. F., Lee, W. Waliser, D. E., Stachnik, J. P., Fetzer, E. Wong, S. & Yue, Q. (2014). Characterizing tropical Pacific water vapor and radiative biases in CMIP5 GCMS: Observation-based analyses and a snow and radiation interaction sensitivity experiment. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 10981-10995. DOI:10.1002/2014JD021924

Li, J. F., Lee, W. Waliser, D. E., Neelin, J. D., Stachnik, J. P., & Lee, T. (2014). Cloud-precipitation-radiation-dynamics interaction in global climate models: A snow and radiation interaction sensitivity experiment. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 3809-3824. DOI:10.1029/2013JD021038

Hopper, L. J., Schumacher, C. & Stachnik, J. P. (2013). Implementation and assessment of undergraduate learning experiences in SOAP: An atmospheric science research and education program. J. Geosci. Educ., 61, 415-427. DOI:10.5408/12-382.1

Stachnik, J. P., Schumacher, C. & Ciesielski, P. E. (2013). Total heating characteristics of the ISCCP tropical and subtropical cloud regimes. J. Climate, 26, 7097-7116. DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00673.1

Stachnik, J. P., & Schumacher, C. (2011). A comparison of the Hadley circulation in modern reanalyses. J. Geophys. Res., 116, D22102. DOI:10.1029/2011JD016677

Lasher-Trapp, S. & Stachnik, J. P. (2007). Giant and ultragiant aerosol particle variability over the eastern Great Lakes region. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 46, 651-659. DOI:10.1175/JAM2490.1

Selected Presentations

Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Events
2019 GPRM-AAG Annual Meeting