| Katharine Kanak|| Meteorology|
| University of Oklahoma / CIMMS/School of Meteorology|
University of Oklahoma (B.S., 1987)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (M.S., 1990)
University of Oklahoma (Ph.D., 1999)
On the Formation of Vertical Vortices in the Atmosphere (1999)
Douglas K. Lilly and John T. Snow
Turbulent boundary layer structures
Gregory J. Tripoli
Katharine Kanak Wikipedia
Katharine M. Kanak is an American atmospheric scientist with noted publications on the dynamics and morphologies of atmospheric vortices, including tornadoes, tropical cyclones, misocyclones and landspouts, and dust devils both terrestrial and Martian.
Kanak earned a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 1987, majoring in meteorology and minoring in mathematics. She went to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for a M.S. in meteorology, earned in 1990 with the thesis Three-Dimensional, Non-Hydrostatic Numerical Simulation of a Developing Tropical Cyclone. She returned to OU and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1999 with the dissertation On the Formation of Vertical Vortices in the Atmosphere. Kanak is interested in turbulent boundary layer structures and eddies generally and is additionally interested in tornadogenesis and cloud physics. She has developed three-dimensional numerical models for both Earth and Mars and collaborated in field research. Kanak was assistant field coordinator for Project VORTEX in 1994-1995 and participated in STEPS in 2000 as well as VORTEX2 in 2009-2010.