Patrick Guinan, associate extension professor and director of the Missouri Climate Center, received the Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Faculty at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony Thursday, April 11.
Guinan joined MU as a station climatologist with the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1988. He has been an associate extension professor since 2013 and director of the Missouri Climate Center since 2005. Guinan has also co-managed and operated the Missouri Mesonet, a network of 36 automated weather stations in Missouri that monitor several environmental variables on a 5-minute, hourly and daily basis, since 1992. He is the state co-coordinator of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).
“Dr. Guinan is a highly respected scientist and extension specialist, who is well known at MU, throughout Missouri and across the United States,” said Patrick Market, professor and interim director, School of Natural Resources. “Dr. Guinan serves MU and CAFNR as the Director of the Missouri Climate Center (MCC). Since 2013, Dr. Guinan and the MCC have also been active partners in the $20 million Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which has supported research in areas of climate, climate change, plants, human dimensions, education, and cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Guinan has touched millions of lives, providing Missouri climate data free to all who visit the MCC site, education to students, useful tools for farmers, and sound advice to policy makers and elected officials.”