Frank J. Marsik

Frank J. Marsik

Lecturer IV and Associate Research Scientist


Climate & Space Research Building 2455 Hayward Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143

Additional Title(s)

  • Faculty Director of First Year Student Engagement, College of Engineering;
  • Graduate Advisor: CLASP SUGS/Atmospheric Science;
  • Undergraduate Advisor: Meteorology

Related links


  • Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Atmospheric & Space Science, University of Michigan


  • CLIMATE 414: Weather Systems
  • CLIMATE 440: Meteorological Analysis Laboratory
  • CLIMATE 463: Air Pollution Meteorology
  • ENGR 110: Design Your Engineering Experience

Professional Service

  • American Meteorological Society Member
  • American Geophysical Union Member

Research Interests

Synoptic and Boundary Layer Meteorology; Weather Forecasting; Air Quality; Climate Adaptation

  • Modeling of atmospheric transport, transformation and deposition of trace species
  • Micrometeorological field measurements directed at obtaining a better understanding of the air-surface exchange processes associated with the cycling of mercury and other toxic pollutants through terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Development of direct measurement techniques for estimation of the dry deposition of mercury and other trace species


After obtaining a BS degree in meteorology back in 1984, I worked as a forecast meteorologist for seven years before beginning doctoral studies within the AOSS Department.  My doctoral research and studies focused on the topic of air pollution meteorology.  Over the past two decades, my research has continued in this area, as I have worked on a number of projects related to the emission, tranport, tranformation and fate of various pollutants.

As noted, a significant portion of my work is also tied to teaching and education research.  In addition to teaching courses in general synoptic meteorology and weather analysis/forecasting, I also teach two courses for the broader College of Engineering (Engin 110 and Engin 290) community.  Engin 110 provides incoming freshmen with an introduction into various career paths open to students, as well as assists these students in determining which curricular and co-curricular activities exist to help them pursue these career paths.  Engin 290 is a course which has been designed to help College of Engineering transfer students transition from their previous institutions and into the University of Michigan.

In recent years, my teaching activities have lead me to participate in research which is focused on obtaining a better understanding of how students learn, such that I can provide better support and instruction in the years to come.

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  • College of Engineering Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award
  • AMS Television Broadcast Seal of Approval