David M. Schultz is Professor of Synoptic Meteorology at the Centre for Atmospheric Science, School of Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, received his B.S. degree from M.I.T. in 1987, his M.S. degree from the University of Washington in 1990, and his Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1996. He then accepted a two-year National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship at the NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. He served as a research meteorologist at NSSL with the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma for eight years. From 2006 to 2010, he was a professor of experimental meteorology in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysics, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, Finland.
In February 2000, Prof. Schultz co-led the Intermountain Precipitation Experiment (IPEX), a field program in northern Utah to examine precipitation processes in the Intermountain West. This experience led him to be selected as a forecaster for the National Weather Service, Salt Lake City, during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In 2001, he won the American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award for Monthly Weather Review “for providing extremely thorough, timely, and constructive evaluations of a large number of manuscripts over a diverse range of topics, and for special assistance to the editors in evaluating controversial issues.”
Prof. Schultz is also an accomplished teacher and lecturer. In 2012, he received the Best Teacher in his School as well as for the whole Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. In 2013, he received Most Innovative Use of eLearning in the Best in eLearning Competition, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, for ManUniCast, a teaching portal for numerical weather prediction. In 2014, he was awarded the University of Manchester’s Teaching Excellence Award. He has taught students and forecasters all over the world, including the United States, Finland, China, Turkey, and Romania. He is actively involved with training for EUMETSAT, EUMeTrain and Eumetcal.
Presently, he is Chief Editor for Monthly Weather Review. He also served for eight years as cofounder and Assistant Editor for the Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology, Associate Editor for Atmospheric Science Letters, and on the Editorial Board of Geophysica. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles on topics as wide ranging as extratropical cyclone structure, frontal structure and dynamics, conditional symmetric instability, lake-effect snowstorms and lightning, operational forecasting, orographic precipitation, snowfall forecasting, midlatitude convection, mesoscale observing networks, mammatus, the meteorology of aerosol particle formation events, the cost of scientific conferences, and scientific publishing. Eloquent Science evolved from eight years mentoring undergraduates in research and scientific communication skills at the Research Experience for Undergraduates program in Norman.
He lives in York, England, with his wife Yvette, and their two dogs, Tesla and Quanta.