Anthony graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geospatial & Environmental Analysis and currently holds both GS-1340 and GS-1315 status as a meteorologist and hydrologist. While at Tech he was actively engaged in the developing meteorology program, whether it be lecturing students as an instructor on the 2009 storm chase or pursuing research in hydrometeorology and GIS. Anthony interned at WDBJ-DT in Roanoke, Virginia as a broadcast meteorologist and at the National Weather Service Office in Blacksburg, Virginia as an operational meteorologist. In 2009 he completed research mapping and measuring each stream in Pulaski County, Virginia to determine the likelihood of flash flooding along roadways. In 2010 the project was expanded through funding from the National Weather Service and now includes Montgomery County, Virginia, home to both Virginia Tech and the Blacksburg NWS. He has authored several research papers that have been presented at conferences both locally and abroad. Anthony has also contributed several in-depth articles to the Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change (second edition) by SAGE publishing.
Anthony currently attends Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana while earning a Master of Science degree. He works as a graduate teaching assistant providing undergraduate students with fundamental basics in geography and meteorology. He has also taught classes on snow formation processes as well as flash flood prediction techniques.
Anthony’s hometown is Snowville, Virginia where he spent 24 years of his life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has interests in ornithology and can identify over 500 bird species by sight and by song. This interest in birds paved the way for nearly five years of work caring for and expanding the wildlife collection within the Department of Wildlife Science at Virginia Tech. A sort of taxidermy, bird and mammal specimens were carefully documented, prepared, and stored in-house and on campus. These specimens will likely hold valuable insight about the recent past and current bird life for future researchers. Anthony has also studied botany and dendrology as a student in high school and at Virginia Tech. He currently resides just north of Muncie, Indiana where he enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah.
For more information about Anthony’s research, including links to articles, PowerPoints, and audio recordings, visit http://www.wx4sno.com/portfolio/CV/index.html
-written by Sarah Lynn Phillips, August 2011