Associate Professor and Chair
Office: Room 305, Hanna Hall
Phone: (419) 372-9321
Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992
M.S., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, 1987
B.S., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, 1983
Specialty Areas of Interest:
East Asian Monsoon over China
Regional Climate Prediction over the Midwest/Central U.S.
Urban School Reform with Focus on the STEM Fields
Current BGSU Courses:
GEOG 125 Weather and Climate
GEOG 213 Meteorology
ENVS 301 Environmental Problems
GEOG 400 Weather Forecasting
GEOG 404 Climatology
Websites of Interest:
Recent and Current Research or Grants:
Armaline, W., K. Farber, J. Fischer, and A. N. Samel, 2005-2012: Proposal submitted to U.S. Department of Education Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program. Funded for $4,415,862.
Recent Peer Reviewed Publications and Submissions:
Wang, C., Liang, X.-Z., and A. N. Samel, 2011: AMIP GCM simulations of precipitation variability of the Yangtze River Valley. Journal of Climate, 24, 2116-2133.
Samel, A. N., T. A. Sondergeld, J. M. Fischer, and N. C. Patterson, 2011: The secondary school pipeline: longitudinal indicators of resilience and resistance in urban schools under reform. High School Journal, 94, 95-118.
Liang, X.-Z., M. Zhu, W. Gao, R. Reddy, K. Kunkel, D. Schmoldt, and A. N. Samel, 2011: Development of a distributed cotton model and its parameter determination over the United States. Submitted to Agronomy Journal.
Liang, X.-Z., M. Zhu, W. Gao, R. Reddy, K. Kunkel, D. Schmoldt, and A. N. Samel, 2011: Physical modeling of U. S. cotton yields and climate stresses during 1979-2005. Submitted to Agronomy Journal.
Sondergeld, T. A., A. N. Samel, and J. M. Fischer, 2011: Parallel longitudinal investigations of school reform impacts on urban student populations. In preparation.
Sample, S., and A. N. Samel, 2011: The effectiveness of an urban high school math tutoring program. In preparation.
Samel, A. N., and A. Burnett 2008 (expected): The Atmosphere and its Geography. John Wiley and Sons, New York.
Wang, C, X.-Z. Liang, and A. N. Samel, 2008: Observed and AMIP teleconnections with Yangtze River Valley summer precipitation. In preparation.
Samel A. N., N. Patterson, J. M. Fischer, and C. MacDonald, 2008: Barriers and Pathways: A Longitudinal Descriptive Study of Urban High School Student Persistence. In preparation.
Fischer, J. M., L. Hamer, J. Zimmerman, A. Sidorkin, A. N. Samel, L. Long, J. McArthur, 2004: The unlikely faces of professional development in urban schools: Preparing at-risk students and colleges for each other. Educational Horizons, 82, 203-212.
Braun, G. M., N. S Levine, S. J. Roberts, and A. N. Samel, 2003: Identification of groundwater recharge areas in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, using a Geographic Information Systems methodology. Environmental and Engineering Geology, 9, 267-278.
Samel, A. N., and X.- Z. Liang, 2003: Understanding relationships between the 1998 Yangtze River flood and northeast Eurasian blocking Climate Research, 23, 149-158.
Samel, A. N., 2010: AMIP GCM Simulations of Precipitation Variability over the Yangtze River Valley. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.
Samel, A. N., and Shan Tao, 2009: Successes and Challenges of an After-School Math Tutoring Program. Presented at the NCCEP/GEARUP Annual Conference, July 2009.
Samel, A. N., 2008: Yangtze River Valley summer rainfall teleconnections with Pacific Ocean SST. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.
Samel, A. N., and C. MacDonald, 2007: Strategies to Enhance Math, Science, and Technology Collaborations Between Middle and High Schools. Presented at the NCCEP/GEARUP Annual Conference, July 2007.
Samel, A. N., 2007: The Promise and Challenges of Integrating GIS into the 7-12 curriculum in Toledo Public Schools. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.
Samel, A. N., P. Shlachtman, and D. Eggers, 2007: Global Warming. Presented at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference, July 2007.
Samel, A. N., P. Shlachtman, and D. Eggers, 2007: Meet the Development Committee: AP Environmental Science. Presented at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference, July 2007.
Samel, A. N., B. Smith, and K. Otiso, 2006:Integration of GIS into the 7-12 curriculum in Toledo Public Schools. Presented at the East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, October 2006.
Students Currently Supervised:
Undergraduate Advisor for ALL Geography Majors
Kim Peters (Honors Thesis)
Tom Weiss (Honors Thesis)
In My Own Words:
I have made of a career of straddling the fields of meteorology and geography. While my bachelors and masters degrees are in meteorology, my Ph.D. is in geography. Similarly, in my career, I started out as a research scientist in an atmospheric sciences research lab before I began my faculty position in the Department of Geography at Bowling Green.
I have always been fascinated by the weather, and both meteorology and geography enable me to look at atmospheric phenomena from complimentary perspectives. I believe that it is extremely important to understand the physical mechanisms that cause atmospheric motion (meteorology) as well as the impacts that atmospheric phenomena have on society (geography). I try to utilize both perspectives, and increase my fundamental knowledge, as I study the east Asian monsoon over China and, to a lesser extent, seasonal climate variability over the central U.S.
In addition to my atmospheric science work, I have become increasingly active in scholarly activities that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field education at the secondary school level. I am currently a co-principal investigator on a large grant to increase high school graduation rates and post secondary school options for students in Toledo, Ohio. This is gratifying work that also enables me to share with younger students the importance of understanding how the atmosphere works.