Dr. Connor Dacey is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware where he received a Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management after finishing his dissertation entitled, “The Perceptions of Storm Spotters as part of a Natural Hazards Integrated Warning System.” While obtaining his Ph.D., Connor worked as both a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant at the Disaster Research Center (DRC), where he helped spearhead the DRC It! Initiative. This initiative aimed to make disaster research more accessible to emergency management practitioners, media outlets, and disaster research scholars on a variety of emergency management topics such as hurricane evacuation decision-making and business preparedness and continuity. Connor is also a meteorologist, having obtained both B.S. and M.S. degrees in meteorology and atmospheric and oceanic sciences from the Florida State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. His interests lie at the intersection of both the meteorological and emergency management industries, specifically as it relates to science communication and policy regarding topics such as climate change, disaster preparedness, and renewable energy. Connor has completed more than 9 internships in research, operational, and broadcasting positions in both industries. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the National Weather Association David Sankey Minority Scholarship in Meteorology and the Schwerdtfeger Award for Academic Excellence in the First Year of Graduate Studies, and has been named an Ernest F. Hollings Scholar, a Truman Scholarship Finalist, and a Florida State University Rhodes Scholar Nominee.
In his free time, you can catch Connor cheering on his ‘Noles and Badgers especially during college football season. He is also a Boston sports fan (being born in the city) and is loyal to his New England Patriots. Connor is extremely passionate about politics and enjoys discussing different political issues and topics.