Research Spotlights

Peter Beerli develops software to support biologists to analyze genetic data

Peter Beerli

Theoretical population geneticist, Peter Beerli, maintains and further develops software that he started to write around 2000. The computer program, “Migrate,” uses genetic data to evaluate the size of populations of animals, plants, or pathogens and the magnitude of migration among these populations. Many biologists in the fields of evolution, population genetics, conservation, and biogeography use his software.

Headshot of Dr. Peter Beerli

FSU Researcher Developing New Method to Simulate Electronic Materials

Chen Huang

Chen Huang, assistant professor in the Department of Scientific Computing, conducts research to develop new computational tools that can predict the properties of materials at a nanoscale based on computer simulations.

Chen Huang

Hurricane Simulations Help Facilitate Forecasts and Enhance Preparations

Allison A. Wing, Ph.D.

Assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS), Allison Wing, conducts hurricane simulations to study how storms in the tropics are affected by and interact with climate. Dr. Wing and her team create and analyze computer models of tropical clouds, hurricanes and atmospheric processes to try to understand how hurricanes are formed. These models allow Dr. Wing and her team to simulate experiments unavailable in the real world.

Allison Wing, researcher in EOAS

Gulf Stream Separation Explored Through HPC

Nico Wienders, Ph.D.

Nico Wienders has been working as part of the Florida State’s Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) department to figure out what causes the Gulf Stream to separate from the American coast (specifically at Cape Hatteras).

Nico Wienders

Online Toolkits Help Provide Solutions to Family Violence

Karen Oehme, J.D.

Karen Oehme, director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies, has conducted social research work focused on a variety of target groups, ranging from U.S. criminal justice officers to parents who are undergoing a divorce.

Karen Oehme

A Glance at Numerical Simulations Using Thermo-Fluid Dynamics

Dr. Neda Yaghoobian, Ph.D.

Neda Yaghoobian, an assistant professor at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, has a keen interest in thermo-fluid dynamics. Through her research, she is examining the relationship between the ground and the atmosphere to better understand airflow and its effects on “where we live and what we experience.”

Neda Yaghoobian

Examining the Emissions Riskscape of Minority Communities in the US

Christopher Reenock, Ph.D

There is an undeniable stigma associated with poorer or more ethnically homogenous communities receiving unjust attention from government parties. Christopher Reenock decided to take a closer look and see which communities are facing greater risks. Furthermore, he wanted to find out what services government parties are providing for these neighborhoods.

Christoper Reenock

A Statistical Look at Harmony in Music

Daniel Tompkins

Daniel Tompkins, an alumnus from the FSU College of Music, found a unique way to use machine learning to conduct music research. Using RCC resources, Daniel analyzed the harmonies and chords in hundreds of early music manuscripts. His goal was to create an approach that allows users to computationally distinguish and classify music from different eras and genres.

Daniel Tompkins

Sentiment Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Election

Prasad Maddumage PhD

When RCC staff member Dr. Prasad Maddumage decided to take a brief sojourn from his usual research area in astrophysics, he discovered an interesting way to dabble in machine learning. Something incredibly different than anything he had done in the past …


Prasad Maddumage

Artificial Photosynthesis and Nuclear Waste Research

Dr. Jose Mendoza-Cortes

Dr. Jose Mendoza-Cortes, an assistant professor in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, partners with the RCC to support his research in quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics.  His lab is working on artificial photosynthesis and the recovery of nuclear waste.

Jose Mendoza-Cortes