James B. Elsner

Earl & Sofia Shaw Professor
Department Chair

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Dr. James Elsner is the Earl and Sophia Shaw Professor and Chair of Geography at Florida State University where he teaches applied spatial statistics and climatology. Dr. Elsner is President and CEO of Climatek; a company that develops software for hurricane & tornado risk models. His research interests include the changing nature of the hurricane and tornado risks. He has written more than 150 research articles and three books. 


Ph.D. Geosciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.S. Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.S. Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Research Interests

Hurricanes, tornadoes, climate change, applied statistics, spatial statistics

Courses Taught

GEO4251 Climate Change & Storms
GEO5165C Quantitative Geography
GIS5122 Applied Spatial Statistics