Jon Hobbs

Biographical Sketch

Jon Hobbs completed a co-major PhD in statistics and meteorology at Iowa State University, where he had previously earned a BS in meteorology and statistics. His dissertation research combined physical and statistical models to address interannual variability and the diurnal cycle in the atmosphere. His research interests include spatio-temporal statistical modeling, Bayesian data analysis, climate dynamics and the hydrological cycle. In addition, he has experience with applications of statistics in agriculture, ecology and the social sciences through collaboration during his graduate career.


  • Uncertainty quantification, OCO-2 data analysis, carbon cycle science

Selected Publications

Braverman, A., Hobbs, J., Teixeira, J., and Gunson, M. (2021). “Post hoc Uncertainty Quantification for Remote Sensing Observing Systems,” SIAM/ASA Jour. Uncert. Quantification. Accepted. Download (CL 21-0606).

Hobbs, J., Braverman, A., Cressie, N., Granat, R., and Gunson, M. (2017). “Simulation-Based Uncertainty Quantification for Estimating Atmospheric CO2 from Satellite Data,” SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, 5(1), pp. 956-985. Download.

Hobbs, J. M. (2015). “Uncertainty Quantification for Remote Sensing Retrievals: Monte Carlo Experiments for OCO-2,” (section seminar). Download (CL#15-5287).

Power, M. L. and Hobbs, J. M. (2015). “A Comparative Analysis of Financial Professionals' Perception of the Level of Graduating Business Student Retirement Planning Familiarity, Motivation, and Preparedness,” Risk Management and Insurance Review, 18(2), pp. 273-295.

Morton, L. W., Hobbs, J., Arbuckle, J. G., Jr., and Loy, A. (2015). “Upper Midwest Climate Variations: Farmer Responses to Excess Water Risks,” Journal of Environmental Quality, 44(3), pp. 810-822.

Hobbs, J. M., Kaiser, M. S., and Chen, T.-C. (2014). “Spatio-Temporal Modeling of the Midwest Hydrological Cycle: The Roles of Mean and Variance Processes,” . (in preparation).

Arbuckle, J. G., Jr., Hobbs, J., Loy, A., Morton, L. W., Prokopy, L. S., and Tyndall, J. (2014). “Understanding Corn Belt farmer perspectives on climate change to inform engagement strategies for adaptation and mitigation,” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 69(6), pp. 505-516.

Arbuckle, J. G., Jr., Morton, L. W., and Hobbs, J. (2013). “Understanding Farmer Perspectives on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: The Roles of Trust in Sources of Climate Information, Climate Change Beliefs, and Perceived Risk,” Environment and Behavior, , pp. doi:10.1177/0013916513503832. Download.

Morton, Lois Wright, Hobbs, Jon, and Arbuckle, J. G., Jr. (2013). “Shifts in Farmer Uncertainty Over Time About Sustainable Farming Practices and Modern Farming's Reliance on Commercial Fertilizers, Insecticides and Herbicides,” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68(1), pp. 1-12.

Arbuckle, J. G., Jr., Morton, Lois Wright, and Hobbs, Jon (2013). “Farmer Beliefs and Concerns about Climate Change and Attitudes toward Adaptation and Mitigation: Evidence from Iowa,” Climatic Change, 118, pp. 551-563.

Suess, E. J., Cervato, C., Gallus, W. A., Jr., and Hobbs, J. (2013). “Weather Forecasting as a Learning Tool in a Large Service Course: Does Practice Make Perfect?,” Weather and Forecasting, 28, pp. 762-771.

Arbuckle, J. G., Jr., Prokopy, L., Haigh, T., Hobbs, J., Knoot, T., Knutson, C., Loy, A., Mase, A. S., McGuire, J., Morton, L. W., Tyndall, J., and Widhalm, M. (2013). “Climate Change Beliefs, Concerns, and Attitudes toward Adaptation and Mitigation among Farmers in the Midwestern United States,” Climatic Change Letters, 117, pp. 943-950.

Fisel, B. J., Gutowski, W. J., Jr., Hobbs, J. M., and Cassano, J. J. (2011). “Multiregime states of Arctic atmospheric circulation,” Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, pp. doi:10.1029/2011JD015790.

Power, M. L., Hobbs, J. M., and Ober, A. (2011). “An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of Financial Education on Graduating Business Students' Perceptions of Their Retirement Planning Familiarity, Motivation, and Preparedness,” Risk Management and Insurance Review, 14, pp. 89-105.

Parham, T. J., Cervato, C., Gallus, W., Larsen, M., Hobbs, J., and Greenbowe, T. (2011). “Does Students' Source of Knowledge Affect Their Understanding of Volcanic Systems?,” Journal of College Science Teaching, 41(1), pp. 100-105.

Parham, T., Cervato, C., Gallus, W., Larsen, M., Hobbs, J., Stelling, P., Greenbowe, T., Gupta, T., Knox, J., and Gill, T. (2010). “The InVEST Volcanic Concept Survey: Exploring Student Understanding about Volcanoes,” Journal of Geoscience Education, 58, pp. 177-187.

Hobbs, J., Fostvedt, L., Pintar, A., Rockoff, D., Kim, E., and Griffiths, R. (2010). “Fixed-Cost vs. Fixed-Risk Post-Election Audits in Iowa,” Chance, 23(3), pp. 13-17.

Hobbs, J., Wickham, H., Hofmann, H., and Cook, D. (2010). “Glaciers melt as mountains warm: A graphical case study,” Computational Statistics, 25, pp. 569-586. Special Issue on the 2006 Data Exposition Competition of the American Statistical Association.