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Erik Fraza: Assistant Clinical Professor, Meteorology

Erik Fraza

Assistant Clinical Professor, Meteorology

301C Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Erik Fraza is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department Geosciences at Mississippi State University (MSU).  He obtained his PhD in Geography in 2016 from Florida State University studying hurricane climatology. His research has been concentrating on the types and evolution of spatial and temporal effects on hurricane intensification rates, primarily in the North Atlantic hurricane basin. 


  • Ph.D., Geography, Florida State University, Department of Geography, 2010-2016. Dissertation: Spatial analyses of climatological effects on hurricane intensification rates.
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, The Ohio State University, Department of Geography, 2008-2010. Thesis: The Global 3-Dimensional Structure of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
  • B.S., Central Michigan University, Majors: Meteorology and Computer Science, 2005-2008


  • Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant, Florida State University
  • Graduate Research Assistant, The Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • Hurricane climatology, Hurricane meteorology, Climatology, Climate change, Quantitative methods

Teaching Areas

  • GR 4623 Physical Meteorology
  • GR 4753/6753  Satellite and Radar Meteorology
  • GR 4823/6823  Dynamic Meteorology I
  • GR 4943/6943  Tropical Meteorology

Honors/Professional Activities

  • Member American Meteorological Society
  • Member American Association of Geographers

Recent Publications

  • Fraza, E., Elsner, J.B., & Jagger, T.H. (2016). A space-time statistical climate model for hurricane intensification in the North Atlantic basin. Advances in Statistical Climatology, Meteorology and Oceanography. 2, 105-114.
  • Fraza, E., & Elsner, J.B. (2015). A climatological study of the effect of sea-surface temperature on North Atlantic hurricane intensification. Physical Geography, 36(5), 395-407.
  • Fraza, E., & Elsner, J.B. (2014). A spatial climatology of North Atlantic hurricane intensity change. International Journal of Climatology, 34, 2918-2924.

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