Success Stories

Our graduates are successful in many areas of the atmospheric sciences. For example, they are forecasters in the private industry, broadcast meteorologists, research scientists, and are pursuing additional degrees in graduate school. We work with passionate individuals to help them realize their success -- here are their stories. If you are an alumni who is interested in sharing your story, we'd love to showcase your successes! Please connect with the department on social media.

Matthew Davey
Commodity Research Analyst & Meteorologist, Best Weather Inc.
The ATM program allowed me to seek out interest and gain experience in a specialized sector of meteorology. After graduating with a dual major in Atmospheric Science and Applied Mathematics and a minor in Business, I attended Florida State University for my Masters in Meteorology. While attending graduate school, I also worked as a commodity researcher and meteorologist for Best Weather Inc. Upon completing my degree, I was offered a full-time position. My research assists the Climatic Prophet trading program under Robot Futures. It includes statistical analysis on crop yields, historical prices, and forecasted weather conditions on seasonal time scales. With the well-rounded education and experiences I gained in the ATM program and thereafter, I now have the ability and opportunity to observe and capitalize on the impacts that weather has on the financial markets.

On his most memorable experience at LSC
During Hurricane Sandy, a few others and I hiked up Burke Mountain, anemometers in tow, trying to see who could get the highest wind speed reading. It was a great experience and I cannot think of a time when I was more of a weather nerd.
Kayla Flynn
Scientific Programmer at Trinnovim/NASA GISS
After graduating from Lyndon, I started graduate school in physical oceanography. During my time at UConn, I received honorable mention for the National Science Foundation Research Fellowship. Also, I volunteered at the Mystic Aquarium for Women in Science Day, and was a teaching assistant for Coastal Studies and Introduction to Oceanography. I graduated in May 2016 and accepted a job as a contractor for NASA GISS. I am a member of the Carbon Cycle team. We are currently working on two projects. First, looking at how the Labrador Sea Water is changing due to climate change, and how this will impact the air-sea gas exchange and extratropical cyclones. Second, looking at the carbon cycle in the Southern Ocean and how this will change in the next thousand years.

On her experience at LSC
The ATM program at Lyndon prepared me for success by having many real world opportunities, such as tornado chasing, tutoring, and local weather forecasting. These experiences improved my writing skills. In addition, they gave me field experience, and improved my confidence as a teacher.
Anthony Macari III
NewsSource 8 Meteorologist,
WAGM-TV Presque Isle, Maine
Ever since I was a kid, I had always loved watching the weather and wanted to go to school for it. When my Uncle mentioned a small school nestled away in northern Vermont called Lyndon State College, I knew I had to check it out. Although I visited many schools, Lyndon always topped the list for its affordability, beautiful setting, and community.

On his experience at LSC
The collaboration between ATM and the EJA (television journalism) programs gives every student a chance to get the live practice they need. Choosing Lyndon was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m grateful for the many leadership and development opportunities at Lyndon. These helped me grow as a person and a professional. I was able to practice and jump right into News 7 at LSC, which gave me live experience I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. Less than one week after graduation, I was on my way to Presque Isle, Maine, to begin my career.
Arianna Varuolo-Clarke
Research Assistant and M.S. candidate at
Stony Brook University
Lyndon’s ATM program prepared me for success by seeing me through a variety of rigorous classes and by holding me to a high standard of professionalism. The experiences I have had both in and out of the classroom will allow me to critically think on my own and in groups as I pursue my career in this field. Being a part of CCC (Climate Change Communication group) was definitely one of my favorite experiences at Lyndon, especially the Climate Rally. (Doing a balloon launch in -20°F degree temperatures is a close second!)

On her experience at LSC
During my time at Lyndon I had three research experiences. First was working on campus investigating changes in diurnal temperature ranges in the Northeast. The following year I was accepted into the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). During my first summer in SOARS I worked with a climate scientist to investigate the impact of large volcanic eruptions on climate. The following summer I did field work in Juneau, Alaska. In Fall 2016 I began work on my M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. My goal is to get my PhD and work toward creating a more sustainable world.