Kelly Lombardo

Assistant Professor

Marine Sciences

Research Interests

My research addresses the role of the coastal environment on the evolution of storms in the present day and future climate. My specific interests lie in understanding the influence of the marine atmospheric boundary layer and the coastal mountains on summertime organized severe convective storms (i.e. squall lines), which produce high winds, hail, tornadoes, and flooding. Additionally, I am involved with research aimed at improving our understanding of mesoscale features in winter coastal cyclones that contribute to heavy snow. Complementary, I am interested in understanding the modifications to coastal squall line and winter cyclone dynamics and hazards as a consequence of our changing climate.


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Stony Brook University, 2011
  • M.Sc., Atmospheric Science, University at Albany, Albany NY, 2004
  • B.Sc., Atmospheric Science, University at Albany, Albany NY, 2001


  • 2013-present: Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut
  • 2011-2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stony Brook University

Professional services

  • 2016-present: Associate Editor, Weather & Forecasting


  • 2017-2020: Young Investigator Program Award Recipient, Office of Naval Research
Contact Information
Phone(860) 405 9256
Mailing AddressMarine Sciences Building, Avery Point campus
Office LocationAvery Point - MSB 189
CampusAvery Point