Rosana Nieto Ferreira
Rosana Nieto Ferreira, Ph.D.
Dr. Ferreira was born in Brazil and grew up in and around the city of São Paulo. She earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Meteorology from the University of São Paulo and then came to the United States in pursuit of knowledge and adventure. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO in 1994.
After a year of post-doctoral work at Colorado State University, Dr. Ferreira moved to Greenbelt, MD where she spent a few years working as a climate scientist with the NASA Seasonal to Interannual Prediction Project. It was during a short stay at San José State University in San José, CA, that Dr. Ferreira discovered the joys of teaching.
Dr. Ferreira is currently an assistant professor of Atmospheric Science at East Carolina University’s Department of Geography. Her research integrates observations and numerical model simulations of the atmosphere to study tropical cyclones, African easterly wave dynamics, South American and African monsoons, and the variability and predictability of regional climate on intraseasonal-to-interannual timescales.
At East Carolina University Dr. Ferreira co-leads a NOAA research project titled ‘Onset of the South American Monsoon: Mechanisms and Predictability’. This research project involves using satellite data, precipitation data, and existing ensembles of coupled land-atmosphere general circulation model simulations to study the onset of the South American monsoon.
She teaches courses on tropical meteorology, dynamic meteorology, weather and climate.