Daniel Keyser

University at Albany, State University of New York
Research Professor
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Daniel Keyser received the B.S. with highest distinction in 1975, the M.S. in 1977, and the Ph.D. in 1981, all in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University. He began his professional career through an internship as a meteorological technician at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1964 and 1971, was employed as a research meteorologist at the Naval Postgraduate School during the 1977–78 academic year, and was an instructor in the Department of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University during fall 1980. After receiving the Ph.D., Dr. Keyser was affiliated with the Severe Storms Branch of the Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, until 1987, when he joined the Department of Atmospheric Science, now the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES), at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Keyser retired from the DAES in 2018 at the rank of Professor and continues to be affiliated with the DAES as a Research Professor. During his faculty career, Dr. Keyser taught lower-division courses in introductory atmospheric science, upper-division courses in atmospheric thermodynamics and dynamics, and graduate courses in synoptic-dynamic meteorology, the structure and dynamics of extratropical cyclones, and mesoscale dynamics. To date, he has sponsored or cosponsored seven postdoctoral scholars and has advised or coadvised 41 M.S. degrees and 11 Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Keyser’s research interests are in synoptic-dynamic and mesoscale meteorology; his research has consisted of combinations of phenomenological, process, and predictability studies of a variety of weather systems, such as extratropical and tropical cyclones, fronts, jet streaks, coherent tropopause disturbances, banded precipitation systems, and inertia-gravity waves. Dr. Keyser has been recognized by the American Meteorological Society at various stages of his career through conferral of the Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award in 1989, an Editor’s Award in 1989, and the Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, along with election to the rank of Fellow in 2005.