Karsten joined the MRCC in August of 2019 as its director.

He holds a Ph.D. in geography from Michigan State University, specializing in climate change and its impacts. He earned his Masters from Indiana University and his Bachelors from the University of Illinois, both also in geography.

Karsten has worked in weather and climate for over 25 years, including stints at the University of East Anglia in the UK, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Shippensburg University, and most recently as a climatologist with NOAA. He is also a commercial-rated pilot, science SCUBA diver, and long-time author of aviation weather articles for Professional Pilot magazine. His research looks at climate variability and extreme events, and their impact on communities and ecosystems at local scales.

American Meteorological Society
American Geophysical Union
American Association of Geographers
International Coral Reef Society
American Association of State Climatologists
Phi Kappa Phi

Karsten Shein, Director

Climate change and extreme events, citizen science, communicating science, underwater/nature photography, SCUBA diving, aviation, and family game night.


Ph.D., Geography, Michigan State University
M.A., Geography, Indiana University
B.A., Geography, University of Illinois


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