Alex Crawford

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Geology
Phone: 330-263-1980
Office Address: 119 Scovel


  • B.A., Colgate University 2012
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder

Courses Taught

University of Colorado Boulder

  • Climate and Vegetation
  • Quantitative Methods for Geography
  • Astronomy and Culture
  • The Arctic Climate System
  • Climate and Vegetation

  • Principles of Climate

  • Landscapes and Water
  • Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Department
  • Ancient Astronomies Environmental Studies Program
  • Energy & the Environment 

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union


  • Crawford AD & MC Serreze (2016). Does the Arctic frontal zone impact summer cyclone activity in the Arctic Ocean? Journal of Climate, 29, 4977-4993, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0755.s1. 
  • Lynch AH, MC Serreze, EN Cassano, AD Crawford, J Stroeve (2016). Linkages between Arctic summer circulation regimes and regional sea ice anomalies. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121, 7868–7880, doi:10.1002/2016JD025164. 
  • Serreze MC, AD Crawford, AP Barrett, J Stroeve (2016). Variability, Trends and Predictability of Seasonal Sea Ice Retreat and Advance in the Chukchi Sea. Accepted at Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.
  • Stroeve J, AD Crawford, S Stammerjohn (2016). Using timing of ice retreat to predict timing of fall freeze-up in the Arctic. Geophysical Research Letters, 42, doi: 10.1002/2016GL069314
  • Crawford A & M Serreze (2015). A new look at the summer Arctic frontal zone. Journal of Climate, 28 (2), 737-754, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00447.1.
  • Serreze MC, AD Crawford, AP Barrett (2015). Extreme daily precipitation events at Svalbard, an Arctic Island. International Journal of Climatology, 35 (15), 4575-4588, doi: 10.1002/joc.4308.

Research Interests

Professor Crawford joined the Geology faculty in 2017, his research focuses on the Arctic climate system. Currents projects include a) where and how cyclones that impact the Arctic Ocean are generated and b) improving regional predictions of autumn sea ice advance.