KAEFS Administration

KAEFS is administered as a cost center through the office of the Vice President of Research (VPR) at the University of Oklahoma. The Director of KAEFS, Dr. Jeffrey Basara reports directly to the VPR. The Facilities Manager, Ben Dixon, reports to the Director. Assisting the Director in decision making and planning is the KAEFS Steering Committee which currently consists of voting members from the following units: Architecture, Biology, Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, Geography, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment, the K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal, Meteorology, Microbiology and Plant Biology, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, and the Oklahoma Biological Survey. The KAEFS Steering Committee meets monthly. Ex officio members of the Steering Committee include, a representative from the VPR’s office, The Facilities Manager, and Dr. Kessler. Ex officio members may attend the monthly meetings if they wish and are constantly apprised of the committee’s activities. The Director acts as chair of the Steering Committee.

KAEFS Steering Committee
Linda Atkinson Associate Director for K12 Partnerships, K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal
Jeffrey Basara Director, KAEFS | Director of Research, Oklahoma Climatological Survey
Phillip Chilson Professor School of Meteorology &Atmospheric Radar Researech Center
Wayne Elisens Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, Curator Robert Bebb Herbarium, Oklahoma Biological Survey
Phil Gibson Associate Professor Department of Biology, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology
Travis Gliedt Assistant Professor, Geography
Robert Nairn School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
Lara Souza Assistant Professor, Oklahoma Biological Survey & Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology
Melany Dickens Assistant Vice President for Research, ex officio
Ben Dixon KAEFS Facilities Manager, ex officio
Meghan Thomas Coordinator, Technical Projects and Operations, Office for the Vice President of Research; ex officio
Ed Kessler retired, Former Director of National Severe Storms Laboratory, ex officio