Peter Crank

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

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geography
The College of Lib Arts & Sci

Biography

Peter is a Geography Ph.D. candidate 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, urban meteorology, landscape architecture and their impacts on mental health. 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.

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Research Interests

Urban Climatology

Urban climates, Urban heat islands, Urban microclimates, Microclimate modeling, Urban climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, Climate-conscious landscape architecture, Urban design, Climate impacts on mental health.

Atmospheric Science Education

Teaching methodologies for contextualizing science for students.

Research Group

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

Publications

 

Refereed Publications

O’Lenick, C.R.; Wilhelmi, O.V.; Michael, R.; Hayden, M.H.; Baniassadi, A.; Wiedinmyer, C.; Monaghan, A.J.; Crank, P.J.; Sailor, D.J. (2019). Urban heat and air pollution: a framework for integrating population vulnerability and indoor exposure in health risk analyses. Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.002

Taleghani, M.; Crank, P.J.; Mohegh, A.; Ban-Weiss, G.; Sailor, D.J. (2019). The impact of heat mitigation strategies on the energy balance of a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Solar Energy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2018.11.041

Ban-Weiss, G.; Cartalis, C.; Crank, P.J.; Kolokotsa, D.; Morakinyo, T.E.; Muscio, A.; Ng, E.; Osmond, P.; Paolini, R.; Pisello, A.L.; Rossi, F.; Sailor, D.J.; Santamouris, M.; Synnefa, A.; Taha, H.; Takebayashi, H.; Zinzi, M.; Zhang, J.; Zheng, T. (2018). Progress in Urban Greenery Mitigation Science – Assessment Methodologies, Advanced Technologies, and Impact on Cities.  J. Civil Environmental Engineering and Management. https://doi.org/10.3846/jcem.2018.6604

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.08.048

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

Professional Presentations                                                                                                             *Award-winning presentation

*Institute for Social Science Research at Arizona State University Poster Competition. An Evaluation of Mean Radiant Temperature Estimations in an Arid Urban Climate. April 2019                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                 Co-Author

Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. Evaluating Targeted Heat Mitigation Strategies for Low Income Neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. Washington, D.C., USA. April 2019                        
                                                                                                                                                                 Presenting Author

Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University Poster Competition Evaluating Targeted Heat Mitigation Strategies for Low Income Neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. Phoenix, USA. March 2019   
                                                                                                                                                                 Co-Author

*School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Research Symposium Evaluating Targeted Heat Mitigation Strategies for Low Income Neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. Phoenix, USA. March 2019     
                                                                                                                                                                 Presenting Author

24th Conference on Applied Climatology at the American Meteorological Society Annual Conference. Feasibility Study on Integrating Public Transport Vehicles for Heat Mapping Purposes. Phoenix, USA. January 2019 
                                                                                                                                                                 Presenting Author

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
                                                                                                                                                                 Co-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 2018
                                                                                                                                                                 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. Fall 2018
                                                                                                                                                                      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

Sustainability, Tempe High School. Invited lecture on the topic of the urban heat island and thermal characteristics of buildings and humans. Spring 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                      Invited Lecturer

Honors/Awards

SGSUP Research Support Award                                     Arizona State University, 2019 
The College Grad Excellence Award                                 Arizona State University, 2019 
ISSR Honorable Mention Research Poster                       Arizona State University, 2019
GPSA Ops Comm. Member of the Year                            Arizona State University, 2019
CAP LTER Summer Grad Research                                 Arizona State University, 2019
CLAS Graduate Excellence Award                                   Arizona State University, 2019
SGSUP Research Poster Award                                      Arizona State University, 2019
IAUC/AMS Best Oral Presentation                                   IAUC/AMS, 2018
GPSA Student Travel Grant                                             Arizona State University, 2018
Graduate College Travel Award                                       Arizona State University, 2018
GPSA Student Travel Grant                                            Arizona State University, 2018
Graduate College Travel Award                                      Arizona State University, 2018
SGSUP Research Support Award                                  Arizona State University, 2017
GPSA Student Travel Grant                                            Arizona State University, 2017
Melvin G. Marcus Award                                                 Arizona State University, 2017
Graduate Student Fellowship                                          Arizona State University, 2016
John F. Lounsbury Travel Fellowship                              Arizona State University, 2016
SGSUP  Research Support Award                                 Arizona State University, 2016
Charles L. Wax Endowed Scholarship                            Mississippi State University, 2015

$16,650

Professional Associations

American Meteorological Society
National Weather Association
International Association for Urban Climate
American Geophysical Union
American Association of Geographers
International Society of Biometeorology
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers

Service

 

Conference and Journal 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                        January 2019

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

 

Journal Reviewer, Journal of Geophysical Research
                                                                                                                                                                                        2019-current

Journal Reviewer, Urban Climate
                                                                                                                                                                                        2017-current

 

University Service

Assembly President, Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA).
                                                                                                                                                                                        2019-current

Preside over the Graduate and Professional Student Association Assembly. Work with administration, the executive officers of the GPSA, and the elected Assembly members for the advocacy, support, and unification of the Graduate and Professional Students of Arizona State University.

Assembly Member, Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA).
                                                                                                                                                                                        2018-current

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.

Committee Member, International Association for Urban Climate Bibliography Committee.
                                                                                                                                                                                        2017-current

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

 

Elected Vice President, Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Graduate Student Committee.
                                                                                                                                                                                        2017-2018

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. The position also maintained the bylaws of the committee and filled in President’s roles in some instances.

Elected Colloquium Coordinator, Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Graduate Student Committee.
                                                                                                                                                                                        2016-2017

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.

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

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

Ali Cole. Undergraduate Preceptor, Arizona State University.                           2018

Brian Field. Undergraduate Preceptor, Arizona State University.                      2019

M. Colin Marvin. Undergraduate Preceptor, Arizona State University.              2019

Work History

Assembly President. Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                        2019-current

Preside over the Graduate and Professional Student Association Assembly. Work with administration, the executive officers of the GPSA, and the elected Assembly members for the advocacy, support, and unification of the Graduate and Professional Students of Arizona State University.

 

CAP LTER Researcher. Global Institute for Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                     2019

Summer graduate researcher collecting data on thermal comfort in various neighborhoods in Phoenix for the NSF funded Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project.

 

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

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

 

Research Associate. Urban Climate Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                         2018-current

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. Hhtps://sustainability.asu.edu/urban-climate

 

PLuS Alliance International Interdisciplinary Researcher (PIIR). Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                         2018-2019

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

 

Research Assistant. Urban Climate Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                         2016-2018

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. Hhtps://sustainability.asu.edu/urban-climate

 

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

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.

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

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