Oliver Frauenfeld

Oliver Frauenfeld

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Programs

Climate Change, Synoptic Climatology, Arctic Climate, Surface-Atmosphere Interactions


  (979) 862-8420

  Eller O&M 814A


My research includes a broad range of topics in climate variability and climatic change. I focus primarily on surface-atmosphere interactions in the Arctic, such as the coupling between frozen ground (permafrost and seasonally frozen areas), sea ice, and other cryospheric variables with the overlying atmosphere. I am also exploring changes in western and southern Africa, with an emphasis on the biosphere and precipitation variability.

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]


Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

M.S., Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

B.A., Environmental Sciences and Spanish, University of Virginia


Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (College-Level), College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, 2020

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

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
  • U.S. Permafrost Association, 2003–present

Graduate Students

Rhett Douris, Ph.D Candidate

Victoria Ford, Ph.D. Candidate

Angela Khong, M.S. Candidate

Mariam Moeen, M.S. Candidate

Daniel Vecellio, Ph.D. Candidate

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