Dr. Boniface Fosu
Dr. Boniface Fosu

Boniface Fosu

Assistant Professor, Meteorology & Climate Sciences

210 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Boniface Fosu joined the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University in January 2022, with a joint appointment at the Northern Gulf Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Climate Science at Utah State University in 2018 and proceeded to complete two postdoctoral research positions in tropical ocean interactions at the Georgia Institute of Technology and in tropical cyclone risk modeling at the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Dr. Fosu’s research interests include analyzing and developing attribution to extreme events and using both empirical and numerical modeling techniques to infer constraints on future changes. An important objective of his research is to incorporate better process understanding into projections of climate extremes.


  • Ph.D. Climate Science, Utah State University, 2018
  • MSc. Climate Science, Utah State University, 2014
  • BSc. Meteorology and Climate Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, 2011


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University, 2022 – present
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 2021.
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018 – 2020.

Research Interests

  • Large scale dynamics, Climate and climate change, Extreme event risk modeling

Teaching Areas

  • GR 4613-6613 Applied Climatology

Honors/Professional Activities

  • 2017 Doctoral Student Researcher of the Year, College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences, Utah State University
  • 2016 Graduate Student Researcher of the Year, Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, Utah State University
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • Member of American Meteorological Society

Recent Publications

  • Lu Kezhou., He J., Fosu B., and Rugenstein M., 2021. Robust fast strengthening of equatorial Walker circulation in response to anthropogenic CO2 forcing. Geophysical Research Letters.
  • Fosu B., He J., and Liguori G., 2020. Equatorial Pacific warming attenuated by SST warming patterns in the tropical Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Geophysical Research Letters.
  • Fosu B., He J., Wang S.-Y., 2020. The influence of wintertime SST variability in the Western North Pacific on ENSO diversity. Climate Dynamics.
  • Fosu B., Wang S.-Y., Pegion K., 2018. Synoptic and Climate Attributions of the December 2015 Extreme Flood in Missouri, USA. Water.
  • Fosu B., Wang S.-Y., Wang S.-H., and Gillies R.R., 2017. Greenhouse Gases Stabilizing Winter Atmosphere in the Indo-Gangetic Plains May Increase Aerosol Loading. Atmospheric Science Letters.
  • Fosu B., Wang S.-Y., Yoon J.-H., 2016. The 2014/15 Snowpack Drought in Washington State and its Climate Forcing. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Wang S.-Y., Fosu B., Gillies R. R., and Singh P. M., 2015. The Deadly Himalayan Snowstorm of October 2014: Synoptic Conditions and Associated Trends. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Fosu B., and Wang S.-Y., 2014. Bay of Bengal: Coupling of pre-monsoon tropical cyclones with the monsoon onset in Myanmar. Climate Dynamics.
  • Wang S.-Y., Jiang X., and Fosu B., 2014. Global eastward propagation signals associated with the 4-5-year ENSO cycle. Climate Dynamics.
  • Wang S.-Y., Buckley B., Yoon J.-H., and Fosu B., 2013. Intensification of premonsoon tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and its impacts on Myanmar. Journal of Geophysical Research.