Elaine Godfrey

Elaine Godfrey, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Atmospheric Sciences

About Dr. Godfrey

Dr. Godfrey moved to the Asheville area in 2007 and finished her Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma while working in the Climate Monitoring Branch of what was then known as the National Climatic Data Center (now National Centers for Environmental Information). She spent three years as a research coordinator at UNC Charlotte for an NSF-sponsored project which studied the impacts of a mentoring program on the retention of female undergraduates in the geosciences. Dr. Godfrey served for several years on the AMS Applied Climatology Committee. She and her husband, Dr. Christopher Godfrey, developed and periodically teach the Severe Weather Field Experience course together. In addition to teaching other courses in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Godfrey keeps busy by homeschooling their three daughters, crafting, playing the piano and hammered dulcimer, and raising chickens.


  • Ph.D., Meteorology, 2010, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • M.S., Meteorology, 2003, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • B.S., Atmospheric Science, 2000, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Research Interests

  • Applied climatology of severe weather events, namely tornadoes and extreme rainfall
  • Retention of women and minorities in geosciences
  • Ethics education in science and education
  • Societal impacts and risk communication