Ernesto Findlay came to us this summer from Brooklyn, NY. He is a senior at the
University at Albany where he is studying atmospheric science. Ernesto is
interested in tropical and mid-latitude interactions and that is exactly what he
got to study this summer under mentor Dr. Eric Maloney, investigating the
tracks and origin of easterly waves in the eastern Pacific.
The east Pacific Ocean is the second most active hurricane basin in the world.
Previous work suggests that the majority of tropical cyclogenesis events in the
east Pacific are seeded by easterly waves originating from Africa. It is
hypothesized in Ernesto's study that most of the easterly waves in the east
Pacific are not linked to those originating in Africa but are initiated in-situ.
Previous studies have provided evidence of different mechanisms that can
generate these waves locally.
Ernesto's study focused on the origins and tracks of easterly waves in the east
Pacific, with a particular focus on the Bight of Panama where Serra et al. 2010
showed an easterly wave genesis maximum. Ernesto focused on the months of
June-November when easterly waves are most active. His
research poster may be
When Ernesto is not involved in academics, he enjoys baseball, bowling, ping
pong and playing the guitar.