Along with his faculty position in the Department of Atmospheric Science, Russ serves as the Colorado state climatologist and director of the Colorado Climate Center. Russ Schumacher received his B.S. with majors in meteorology and humanities from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 2001. He received his M.S. in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University.