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Dr. Oliver W. Frauenfeld
Oliver W. Frauenfeld
(979) 862.8420
(979) 862.4487
O&M 814A

Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
MS 3147
College Station, Texas 77843-3147


Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
M.S., Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
B.A., Environmental Sciences and Spanish, University of Virginia


Dean's Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, 2014

Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, 2013–2014

John Russell Mather Paper of the Year Award, Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, 2006


GEOG 203: Planet Earth

GEOG 324: Global Climatic Regions

GEOG 668: Arctic Climates

Oliver W. Frauenfeld

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Surface-Atmosphere Interactions
  • High-Latitude Climate
  • Land Cover/Land Use Change
  • Atmospheric Teleconnections
  • Quantitative Methods

Selected Publications

  • Ford, T.W. and O.W. Frauenfeld, 2016: Surface-Atmosphere Moisture Interactions in the Frozen Ground Regions of Eurasia. Scientific Reports, 6, 19163, doi:10.1038/srep19163
  • Chen, L. and O.W. Frauenfeld, 2016: Impacts of Urbanization on Future Climate in China. Climate Dynamics, 47(1), 345-357, doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2840-6
  • Garstang, M., R. E. Davis, K. Leggett, O. W. Frauenfeld, S. Greco, E. Zipser, and M. Petersen, 2014: Response of African elephants (Loxodonta Africana) to seasonal changes in rainfall. PLoS ONE9(10), e108736, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108736.
  • Chen, L. and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2014: Surface Air Temperature Changes over the 20th and 21st Centuries in China Simulated by 20 CMIP5 Models. Journal of Climate27(11), 3920-3937, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00465.1.
  • Frauenfeld, O. W. and T. Zhang, 2011: An observational 71-year history of seasonally frozen ground changes in the Eurasian high latitudes. Environmental Research Letters6, 044024, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/044024. [Open Access PDF] [News Article]

Additional Information


  • Associate Professor of Geography, Texas A&M University, 2016-Present
  • Assistant Professor of Geography, Texas A&M University, 2010–2016
  • Affiliate Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, 2010–Present
  • Research Scientist I and II, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Division of Cryospheric and Polar Processes, University of Colorado, 2003–2009



  • Association of American Geographers, 1999–present
    • Climate Specialty Group, 1999–present
    • Cryosphere Specialty Group, 2004–present
  • American Geophysical Union, 1999–present
  • American Meteorological Society, 1999–present
  • U.S. Permafrost Association, 2003–present


Graduate Students

Bradley Barger, M.S. Candidate

Rhett Douris, M.S. Candidate

Hannah Durick, M.S. Candidate

Victoria Ford, PH.D. Candidate

Daniel Schimoler, M.S. Candidate

Daniel Vecellio, Ph.D. Candidate




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