Peter Crank

819 W Malibu Dr
Tempe
Ph.D. Geography
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geography
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

Peter is a Geography Ph.D. student working under Dr. David Sailor in the Urban Climate Research Center and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. His research focuses on urban climate and urban meteorology. Specifically studying how effective climate adaptation and mitigation strategies are for the urban environment.

Education

2016                M.S.     Geosciences, Mississippi State University. Starkville, Mississippi.

2013                B.S.      Geosciences, Mississippi State University. Starkville, Mississippi.

Research Interests

Urban Climatology & The Built Environment.

Urban Climates, Urban Heat Islands, Intra-Neighborhood Microclimates, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies, Climate-Conscious Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

Research Group

Urban Climate Research Center -- https://sustainability.asu.edu/urban-climate/

Publications

Publications
            Refereed Publications

Crank, P.J.; Sailor, D.J.; Ban-Weiss, G.; Taleghani, M. (2018). Evaluating the ENVI-met microscale model for suitability in analysis of targeted urban heat mitigation strategies. Urban Climate. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2018.09.002

Baniassadi, A; Sailor, D.J.; Crank, P.J.; Ban-Weiss, G. (2018). Direct and indirect effects of high-albedo roofs on energy consumption and thermal comfort of residential buildings. Energy and Buildings.

            Non-refereed Publications

Crank, P.J. (2016). Thermal variation and the built environment of Jackson,
Mississippi. Mississippi State University. Master’s Thesis.

Book and Chapter Publications

Crank, P.J.; Fischer, H.A.; Heintzman, R.; Smith, J.P. (2018). Introduction to Physical Geography Lab Manual. Twelfth Edition, Arizona State University. Editor.

Courses

Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
GPH 214 Intro to Meteorology Lab

Presentations

 

Classes Taught

GPH 214 Introduction to Meteorology Lab, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University.

Introductory lab course discussing the atmosphere with a focus on how the theories of meteorology and the atmospheric sciences are utilized and applied in the world. This course fulfills the universitys required quantitative lab credit. As the instructor of record, all aspects of this course were under my purview.
Autumn 2018

Applied Climatology, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University.
            Climatology and the applications of its theory to agriculture, public health, urban planning, and forensics.                            Teaching assistant responsibilities: giving guest lectures; leading class discussions, development, and advising                of group projects.
            Autumn 2014   

Statistical Climatology, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University.
            The use of the statistical software package, R, to instruct undergraduate students in the basics of statistics, as                  well as approaches to the statistical analysis of meteorological data. Appropriate measures and methods for the                atmospheric sciences were discussed. Teaching assistant responsibilities included: grading assignments,                          tutoring students, and troubleshooting software/computer issues.
            Autumn 2014

Professional Presentations

24th Conference on Applied Climatology and the 10th Symposium on Environment and Health at the American Meteorological Society Annual Conference. Natures Cooling Systems: Modeling Neighborhood-Built Redevelopment and Greening. Phoenix, USA. January 2019
Presenting Author

American Geophysical Union Annual Conference. An Evaluation of Mean Radiant Temperature Estimations in an Arid Urban Climate. Washington, D.C. December 2018
Presenting Author

American Geophysical Union Annual Conference. Extreme Heat and Ozone in Houston: Assessing and Reducing Health Risks. Washington, D.C. December 2018
Co-Author

International Conference for Urban Climate. Behaviors and risk perceptions of elderly populations in the face of extreme heat and poor air quality  a comparison across three sunbelt cities. New York City, USA. August 2018
Presenting Author

Institute for Social Science Research at Arizona State University Poster Competition. Behaviors and risk perceptions of elderly populations in the face of extreme heat and poor air quality  a comparison across three sunbelt cities. Tempe, Arizona, USA. April 2018
Presenting Author

Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University Poster Competition. Building properties of elderly populations in the face of extreme heat and poor air quality  a comparison across three sunbelt cities. Tempe, Arizona, USA. April 2017.
Presenting Author

            13th Symposium on the Urban Environment at the American Meteorological
            Societys Annual Conference
. Simulating the Efficacy of Targeted Urban Heat
            Mitigation for Vulnerable Populations. Seattle, Washington, USA. January 2017
            Presenting Author 

            13th Symposium on the Urban Environment at the American Meteorological
            Societys Annual Conference
. Spatial and Temporal Effects of Irrigation on
            Neighborhood-Scale Thermal Environments. Seattle, Washington, USA. January
            2017.
           Co-Author

Invited Presentations

GPH 314: Global Change. Invited lecture on the topic of weather, climate, and their differences.
Invited Lecturer

            GISER-CAP LTER-UCRC Graduate Workshop Series. Introduction to R Workshop.
            Tempe, Arizona, USA. February 2018
            Workshop Presenter

            Gerber Conservation Biology Lab, School of Life Sciences. Introduction to R
            Workshop. Tempe, Arizona, USA. February 2018
            Workshop Presenter

Honors/Awards

Graduate College Travel Award               Arizona State University, 2018         $500
GPSA Student Travel Grant                     Arizona State University, 2018         $475
Graduate College Travel Award               Arizona State University, 2018         $500
Research Support Award                         Arizona State University, 2017         $300
GPSA Student Travel Grant                     Arizona State University, 2017         $250
Melvin G. Marcus Award                          Arizona State University, 2017         $2000
Graduate Student Fellowship                   Arizona State University, 2016         $5000
John F. Lounsbury Travel Fellowship       Arizona State University, 2016         $500
Research Support Award                         Arizona State University, 2016         $300
Charles L. Wax Endowed Scholarship     Mississippi State University, 2015.     $1000

Professional Associations

American Meteorological Society International Association of Urban Climate

Service

Co-chair, Joint Session of the 24th Applied Climatology Conference and 10th Symposium on Environment and Health at the American Meteorological Society Annual Conference. Phoenix, USA.

Co-chair to organize and preside over two joint sessions discussing research focused on using Phoenix, Arizona as a testbed and sandbox for urban climate research and analysis.

January 2019

Assembly Member, Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA).

Voting at-large assembly member representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at Arizona State University. This position involves serving on multiple committees and support graduate student organizations in improving academic and social opportunities for the graduate students of CLAS and the rest of the university.

2018-current

Committee Member, International Association for Urban Climate Bibliography Committee.

Maintain and update the scholarly journal article database of urban climate research for the IAUC.

2017-current

Elected Vice President, Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
            Graduate Student Committee.
                        Served the graduate students by sitting on the faculty committee for
                        graduate policy. Aiding this committee in bringing graduate student
                        perspective and feedback into the policies being evaluated and
                        constructed by the committee. Position also maintained the bylaws of
                        the committee and filled in President’s roles in some instances.

2017-2018

            Elected Colloquium Coordinator, Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
            Graduate Student Committee.
                        Served as the graduate student representative to the faculty colloquium
                        committee to maintain a balanced and engaging topic/invited speaker
                        list for the school’s colloquium events.

2016-2017

            Elected Co-chair of Administration, Shackouls Honors College University Honors
            Council.
                        Position entailed maintaining record of events and meetings of the
                        University Honors Council and ensuring council adherence to its bylaws
                        and constitution in all proceedings.

2012-2013

            Elected Co-chair of Activities, Shackouls Honors College University Honors
            Council.
                        Head of social and academic events sponsored by the University Honors
                        Council. Position required sub-committee management and delegation.

2010-2011

            Elected Councilmember, Shackouls Honors College University Honors Council
                        Served 4 years as an elected member of the honors student government,
                        providing representation and community amongst the honors students at
                        Mississippi State University.

2009-2013

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Kenneth Roakes. Broadcast Meteorology Intern, WVUA-TV.                2014-2016

Taylor Plott. Broadcast Meteorology Intern, WVUA-TV.                         2016-2016

Work History

2018-current           PLUS Alliance International Interdisciplinary Researcher (PIIR). Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

Research program for growth and training in interdisciplinary skills and global collaboration at Arizona State University, Kings College London and UNSW, Sydney.

2018-current           Teaching Associate. School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

Instructor of record for GPH 214: Introduction to Meteorology Lab, and GPH 112: Introduction to Physical Geography Lab.

2016-current           Research Assistant. Urban Climate Research Center, Arizona
                                    State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

                                                Targeted heat mitigation strategies for vulnerable
                                                neighborhoods of Los Angeles, CA, USA and HOME-Air study
                                                in Houston, TX, USA with Dr. David J. Sailor.
                                                https://sustainability.asu.edu/urban-climate/

2014-2016                Graduate Assistant. Mississippi State University, Starkville,

                                    Mississippi, USA.

                                                Research assistant in individually experienced temperature
                                                based on land use and winter storm impact studies with Dr.
                                                Christopher Fuhrmann

                                                Teaching assistant for applied climatology and statistical
                                                analysis courses in the Geosciences department.

2014-2016                Broadcast Meteorologist, WVUA-TV, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

                                                Deliver television weather forecasts on the weekend and fill-
                                                in work during the week for Tuscaloosa, AL and the rest of
                                                Central Alabama.