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Tony Lyza

Research Scientist

My primary research interests are centered on the near-storm environments of tornadic thunderstorms, with a focus on tornadic storms in the southeastern United States. My Ph.D. research focused on the influences of terrain in near-storm environmental evolution. I have also conducted research on the causes of damage and behavior of mesovortices in quasi-linear convective systems (QLCSs). At CIWRO, I serve as the physical science coordinator for the VORTEX-SE project, working with scientists in the VORTEX-SE community to advance physical science research of tornadic storms and their environments in the Southeast. I also continue to maintain research in environmental influences on tornadic potential in storms, as well as the assessment of severe convective wind damage.


Ph.D., University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2019

M.S., University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2015

B.S., Valparaiso University, 2012


Postdoctoral Research Associate, CIWRO, May 2020-Present

Research Associate, University of Alabama in Huntsville, January-May 2020