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Check out our recent publication on Kelvin waves and hurricane formation here!
Watch a recording of my recent COMPASS seminar on my research here!

Current Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of Tropical Cyclone Formation

  • African Easterly Wave Dynamics 

  • Equatorial Wave Dynamics

  • Tropical Wave Interactions

About Me

Hello! My name is Quinton Lawton and I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami. I currently work in the Majumdar Research Group. 

I am passionate about using tropical cyclone research as a way to mitigate their negative impacts on people and communities. I have collaborated with scientists at the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), the Hurricane Research Division (HRD), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). My current dissertation work focuses on the dynamics of tropical waves (primarily African Easterly waves and Kelvin waves) and how their interactions impact hurricane formation.


I believe it is important to use my career to innovate programs that make science and research more accessible to students and the general public. I have been heavily involved in outreach activities and organizations during my time at Texas A&M University and the University of Miami. Visit the "Outreach" page or check out my CV to learn more.

In The News

Newsweek                              "Hurricane Tammy 'Craziest' Spaghetti Models Show US States It Could Hit", Oct 25, 2023.

News@TheU                          "April guide to the arts at the U", Mar 31, 2022.    

News@TheU                          "2021 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end", Nov 30, 2021.

News@TheU                          "A mid-season review of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season", Oct 6, 2021.

News@TheU                          "Canes on Canes webinar takes a deep dive on hurricanes", Jun 7, 2021.

Miami Living Magazine       "Hurricane Prep Tips Amid Pandemic", Jun 23, 2020. 

News@TheU                          "UM students awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships", May 27, 2020. 

TAMU Foundation                "A Scientific Summer to Remember", Jun 19, 2019.

TAMU GeoNews                   "Meteorology Student Contributed to Hurricane Forecast Model Improvements", Nov 30, 2018.

KBTX News                          "TAMU green roof project breaks real world & classroom barriers", Apr 5, 2017.


Click below to view my curriculum vitae and learn more about my scientific career.


Learn more about the projects I'm currently working on or have worked on in the past. 


Learn more about the outreach activities I've spearheaded by clicking below.

Contact Me

Are you interested in a collaboration or just want to talk? Click below! 

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