Gregory Cutrell

Associate in Research

Gregory Cutrell

Duke University, Civil and Environmental Department, 160 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708


While I work for Duke University, I live in Western North Carolina, which allows me to efficiently scout field sites and later return for installations, maintenance, or any other needs. 

Research Interests

  • Regional temperature and precipitation effects from a changing climate
  • Impacts of climate change on surface water availability
  • Ability to model weather in complex terrain

Associate in Research Duties

  • Conduct maintenance and retrieve data from ~40 tipping bucket rain gauges in the Pigeon River Basin
  • Find and secure locations for tipping bucket rain gauges, Parsivel, and soil moisture/temperature installations
  • Install, maintain, and disassemble instruments for IPHEx in Western North Carolina
  • Coordinate with NASA to advance equipment or instruments installations
  • Extract, QC, and process NASA’s tipping bucket rain gauge data


  • M.S. in Natural Resource Science.  Specialization: Climate Assessments and Impacts.  Minor: Water Resources Planning and Management.  University of Nebraska – Lincoln. August 2010.
  • B.S. in Atmospheric Science.  Minor: Mathematics.  University of North Carolina –Asheville.  May 2008.

Work Experience

Associate in Research, Duke University, Durham, NC (October 2011 – Current)

  • Scouted locations and installed meteorological instrumentation
  • Led undergraduate students in 40+ rain gauge calibrations throughout the Appalachians Mtns.
  • Planned, supervised, and led a 3-week excursion to Peru to install rain gauges in the Andes Mtns.

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (August 2008 – November 2010)

  • Programmed data-loggers, installed a fully equipped meteorological station, and maintained two weather stations as a project field technician. 
  • Collected, managed, analyzed, quality controlled, and processed data
  • Set-up hardware and software for real-time data monitoring and control

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Duke University, Asheville, NC (Summer 2008)

  • Worked with private and public sectors to install rain gauges in the Southern Appalachians
  • Collected and analyzed precipitation data to understand mountaintop precipitation
  • Collaborated with Duke University graduate students for an Intensive Observation Period


  • Cutrell, G. J. (2010)  Seasonal Energy and Water Balance of a Phragmites Australis-Dominated Wetland in the Republican River Basin (Southwestern Nebraska, USA). M.S. Thesis.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 128 pp.
  • Lenters, J. D., Cutrell, G. J., Istanbulluoglu, E., Scott, D. T., Herrman, K. S., Irmak, A., Eisenhauer, D. E. (2010)  Seasonal energy and water balance of a Phragmites australis-dominated wetland in the Republican River basin (south-central Nebraska, USA). Accepted by Journal of Hydrology.