Dr. Ryan L. Fogt


About Myself

December 2000

December 2003

June 2007


Email: fogtr@ohio.edu

Ohio University, Department of Geography

122 Clippinger Labs

Athens, OH USA 45701


Books: The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the Bible

Writers: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien

Quote:Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien

Food: Italian, practically any baked good

Hobbies: running, playing music, playing with my daughters Anna and Abigail, hanging out with friends and family, long and deep chats about life, love, and faith


I was born in December and grew up in rural NW Ohio.  In high school, I was very involved in music and science and was president of both the science club and band.  I was fascinated with weather early on and originally thought I wanted to be a forecaster.

I started my college education at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  Here I soon learned that forecasting was not my knack, and rather grew to love research and teaching.  I came to Ohio State to study polar meteorology.  Six years later, I left with a Ph.D., a strong education, and a vision to eventually enter a career in academia.  During my graduate years, I also married my Creighton college sweetheart, Andrea. 

After Ohio State, I worked for two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO.  This experience was very fruitful for me, as I learned a lot about independent research and especially climate modeling.  In Colorado, Andrea and I also added a little miracle to our lives--our daughter Anna.  A little over two years later, Andrea and I were blessed with another beautiful, and yet uniquely different girl, Abigail.  The triple-A (Andrea, Anna, and Abigail) are by far the driving force of my life; I live to make my family happier, healthier, and better each day.

Three years into my career at Ohio University, I am excited for how the journey has unfolded.  The job, and particularly the transition with little kids, has taught me incredible patience, perseverance, balance, and focus. I’ve been fortunate to win several awards for both teaching and research, which have meant a lot, but have humbled me as well.  I am proud to say I still haven’t figured it out yet, but I look forward to continuing to learn, grow, and improve.  Life is good.

In my spare time I enjoy running, playing music (particularly the piano), playing with my children, and long conversations about life, love, and faith with my friends.

The Good Life