Dr. Schumacher received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia and her masters and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. She has been on the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University since 2003. She currently holds the E.D. Brockett Professorship in Geosciences and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Dr. Schumacher is an observer of storms who works with theoreticians, numerical modelers, mathematicians, and chemists to push the bounds of knowledge on how storms become large and long lasting and what storm organization means for rain and climate processes. Her recent work spans studies of storms occurring 30,000 years ago as represented by cave isotope records to using climate models and advanced statistical and machine learning techniques to predict extreme rain and lightning occurrence into the next 100 years. Her research also focuses on fundamental physical processes within storms, especially the heat they release, and how storms interact with larger scale flows that vary on times scales that range from daily to interannual. Dr. Schumacher has been heavily involved in field campaigns throughout the tropics and is an active contributor to NASA’s satellite radar missions, both the implementation of current missions and the planning of next missions. She has also held scientific leadership positions in the Department of Energy and other national and international organizations.