Up to the Challenge

Patrick Market named director of the School of Natural Resources

For the past 20 years, Patrick Market has been a steady presence in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) School of Natural Resources (SNR).

Market, who has spent his entire professional career at MU, was hired in 1999 as an assistant professor of atmospheric science. He became an associate professor of atmospheric science in 2005, and moved to a full professor in 2013. Since January 2019, Market has also served as the interim director of SNR.

Market’s newest role in CAFNR, which is effective Nov. 1, is as the director of SNR.

“I look forward to the challenge of leading one of the premier schools of natural resources,” Market said. “Missouri, and the world, face a spectrum of conservation and natural resource issues, including wildland fires, chronic wasting disease, sustainable water resources, the preservation and protection of our state and national parks, long-term soil health, and droughts and floods. The School of Natural Resources hosts the faculty, staff and centers to address these complex problems, while also training the next generation of professionals to carry on the work.”

Market earned his bachelor’s degree in earth science (meteorology) from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He earned his master’s degree and PhD from Saint Louis University, both in meteorology.

Market’s research explores issues in heavy rain and snow forecasting, including thundersnow, elevated thunderstorms and flash flooding. He has received funding from the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), among others.

His teaching assignments have included Advanced Synoptic Meteorology, Convection and Lightning, and Numerical Weather Prediction. Market has taught and trained dozens of working, operational meteorologists in broadcasting, as well as those at the National Weather Service and private industry.

“Dr. Market has an incredible track record as an outstanding student mentor and teacher, and is an accomplished researcher,” said CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert. “In his nearly two years as the interim director of SNR, Dr. Market has showcased those excellent leadership skills, and we are happy to permanently welcome him to the administrative team.”

Market has been awarded approximately $22 million in research contracts and grants as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator over his career. He has advised 30 master’s and PhD students. Market has published 69 journal articles and presented at nearly 200 conferences/meetings.