Alexander DesRosiers

Mentor: Dr. Corene Matyas
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"Since the age of 10, I have been fascinated with tropical cyclones. However, I ended up attending the University of Florida for an engineering degree as a spring board to meteorology graduate studies. This left me at an institution with no meteorology major. I pursued a certificate in meteorology and climatology starting my freshman year to continue to feed my appetite for meteorological knowledge. That program is supervised by my faculty mentor Dr. Corene Matyas. Explaining my interest to her led to my involvement with this project."


Environmental Engineering


Certificate in Meteorology and Climatology

Research Interests

  • Tropical Cyclones
  • Rainfall Events
  • Flooding

Academic Awards

  • Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholar
  • Dean's List
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • American Meteorological Society
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Student Government Productions


  • Dance Marathon at the University of Florida
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp

Hobbies and Interests

  • Hurricane Tracking
  • Hiking/Backpacking
  • Fishing
  • Weight Training

Research Description

Spatial Analysis of Flood Events of Land Falling Tropical and Extratropical Cyclone Events, Watches, and Warnings
Tropical cyclones which make landfall in the continental US can be catastrophic flooding events. This project plans to use multiple data sets plotted on top of each other in a Global Information System to shed more light on the nature of that flooding. It aims to answer and quantify several questions related with flooding events such as asymmetry of cyclones, flooding events in relation to drought indices, the quality of the storm events database, and more. The goal is to shed more light onto these flooding events and gain a better understanding of them.