Todd Ellis

Todd Ellis
Contact Information
Organization:Mallinson Institute for Science Education
1903 W. Michigan Ave,
3139 Wood Hall, MS 5444
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5444
Phone Number:

Mallinson Institute for Science Education and Department of Geography

Western Michigan University

3139 Wood Hall, MS 5444

1903 W. Michigan Avenue

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5444

(269) 387-5660

(269) 387-4998 (fax)


Penn State University, University Park, PA Physics and Meteorology B.S., 2002
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO Atmospheric Science M.S., 2005
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO Atmospheric Science Ph.D., 2008


9/2015 – present Assistant Professor of Science Education, Western Michigan University

9/2014 – 9/2015 Associate Professor of Meteorology, SUNY College at Oneonta

9/2008 – 9/2014 Assistant Professor of Meteorology, SUNY College at Oneonta


Ellis, T.D., T. L’Ecuyer, J.M. Haynes, and G.L. Stephens, 2009: How often does it rain over the global oceans? The perspective from CloudSat. Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L03815, doi:10.1029/2008GL036728.

Stephens, G.L. and T.D. Ellis, 2008: Global-scale Controls of Precipitation Efficiency in Global Warming GCM Experiments. J. Climate, 21, 6141-6155, doi:10.1175/2F2008JCLI2144.1.

Ellis, T.D., 2008: Characteristics of precipitation: CloudSat observations and model predictions of the current and future climate. Doctoral Dissertation, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State U., Fort Collins, CO.

Ellis, T.D., 2005: Evaluation of ISCCP D2 cloud amount changes and their connections to large-scale dynamics. Masters Thesis, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State U., Fort Collins, CO.

Synergistic Activities

- PI, Teaching Inquiry Using NASA Earth-system Science (TINES), a framework for teacher professional development using NASA Data and GLOBE Observations in concert.

• From 2008-2015, I had been serving as E/PO Lead for the NASA CloudSat mission, training teachers and students on collecting and interpreting data and utilizing it in inquiry based education

• Director and Trainer for the Western Michigan University GLOBE Partnership with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program to train pre-service and in-service K-12 education professionals on inquiry based learning activities

• Developing visualization and laboratory experiences for the undergraduate classroom using a rotating table apparatus to simulate the rotation of the Earth and its effect on fluids

• Active collaborator with the Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo, MI

• Member of National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Union of Concerned Scientists, American Geophysical Union, and American Meteorological Society

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Earth Science
My SMD Projects:

CloudSat - E/PO Lead

PI, TINES Program (NASA EPOESS Grant 2011-2015)


My Professional Societies: