Biosketches of Participants

(Also see the Biosketches of the Pyropeople)


Members: Please place your sketch in alphabetical order by last name

Sasha Balk

is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Utah. His research interest is in Nonlinear Waves. Currently he studies the extra invariant for the Nonlinear Dynamics of Rossby waves. In particular, he considers how the presence of this invariant leads to the formation of zonal jets.

Jean Carlson

is a member of the Department of Physics at UCSB carrying out research on a variety of complex systems.

Antonio Celani

is a member of CNRS, currently at Institut Pasteur, Paris. Main interests: statistical physics, two-dimensional hydrodynamics and turbulence, cloud physics, biophysics.

Sandra Chapman

is a professor of Physics and directs the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics (CFSA ) and is one of the founders of the Complexity Complex at the University of Warwick, UK. She works on nonlinear phenomena including turbulence with particular focus on quantifying scaling; and on complex systems approaches.

Yan-Jiun Chen

is a physics graduate student at Cornell University. She works with Professor James Sethna on sloppy models , using statistical and computational methods to analyze models in systems biology and physics. She hopes to extend these methods to Earth Systems Science models.

Jahanshah Davoudi

is a research associate at the university of Toronto. His research is now centered on stochastic convection parameterization but he has a broader range of interests in statistical physics.

Philip Dennison

is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Utah. His research interests related to fire include remote sensing of fuel type and condition, and fire modeling. Much of his past research has focused on fuels and fire in Southern California.

Stas Derevyanko

is an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. His research interests include (amongst the others) the effects of turbulence on cloud microphysics and precipitation as well as the dynamics of inertial tracers in turbulent flows.

Peter Ditlevsen

is associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen (Homepage). His research is in turbulence models, atmospheric turbulence, climate modeling, statistical physics and timeseries analysis of paleoclimatic data. He is associated with the ice-core drilling program in Greenland.

Gregory Falkovich

is a professor and department head at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.His main interest is statistical physics, particularly turbulence theory. He also works on atmospheric turbulence and cloud physics.

John Harte

is a professor of environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on feedbacks between climate and ecoystems, and on scaling behaviors in the distribution and abundance of species. He does both theory and field experimentation and observation; his work covers a range of spatial and temporal scales, from field plots to global and from interannual to millenial. Among his current pursuits is the application of MaxEnt to macroecology.

Matthew Huber

is an associate professor at Purdue University. Most of his time is spent investigating the relationship between mean climate state and poleward heat fluxes, usually within the realm of past greenhouse climate such as the Eocene (50 Ma) (see papers here or here). Where something interesting is to be learned Huber also studies modern climate, especially investigating links between turbulent mixing either in the atmosphere or ocean and climate.

Paul Kushner

is an associate professor in the Department of Physics, University of Toronto. He works on the large scale extratropical atmospheric general circulation and its sensitivity to climate change and its coupling to the stratosphere, and on atmospheric teleconnections. See

Alessandra S. Lanotte

is a researcher of CNR (Italian National Research Council), currently at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Rome. Main interests are: turbulence in ideal and geophysical flows, cloud microphysics, statistical physics.

Barbara Levi

is a consulting editor for Physics Today, a magazine for which she has written for over 30 years. She has strong interest in issues of energy and climate change. She has written about climate change for Physics Today and has co-edited several conference proceedings on energy and on climate change.

Yangang Liu

is a scientist with the Envionmental Sciences Department of the Brookhaven National Laboratoy. His scientific interest has been around particles (systems) up in the atmosphere, including aerosols, clouds and precipitation. His current research focused on interactions among these particles and their interactions with radiation and climate. He has applied ideas of statistical physics to study atmospheric particle systems, and is seeking such ideas to study climate.

Brad Marston

is a member of the Physics Department at Brown University. Much of his scientific work is in the area of theoretical condensed matter physics, especially nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and the physics of strongly correlated electronic systems such as high-temperature superconductors. He has long been interested in climate, and did some work on the carbon cycle back starting in the late 1980's. After realizing that many physicists had never gone through the basic blackbody calculation of planetary temperatures, he developed a physics colloquium on "The Quantum Mechanics of Global Warming." More recently he has been working to apply methods of statistical mechanics to model problems of geophysical flow.

Claudia Pasquero

is an assistant professor in the Earth System Science Department at the University of California, Irvine. Her main interest is in turbulence, biophysics, and in the energy storage and release that generates climate variability. She has also written a book on quantum cryptography (in italian).

Olivier Pauluis

is an assistant professor at the Courant Institute (NYU). His research interests include the general circulation of the atmosphere, tropical dynamics, and the thermodynamics of moist air.

Tapio Schneider

is at the Calfornia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the development of theories of atmospheric macroturbulence and its influence on the global-scale climate. Recent projects include theories of Hadley circulations and monsoons, water vapor transport and dynamical effects of latent heat release, and the formation of jets and superrotation on giant planets.

Joerg Schumacher

is an associate professor for Theoretical Fluid Mechanics at the Technical University Ilmenau (Germany). He works on turbulence, convection, scalar mixing and cloud physics.

ZongBo Shang

is a research assistant professor in the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming. His research interests include landscape ecology and spatial modeling, GIS, eco-informatics, forest ecology and management, and statistics. Link:

Michael Shats

is a Senior Fellow of the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the Australian National University, Canberra. His research interests include experiments in fluid and plasma turbulence, two-dimensional turbulence, surface waves, rotating fluids and magnetically confined plasma. Link:

Kirstie Stramler

has investigated Arctic meteorology & surface processes using in-situ, surface-based & satellite remote sensing methods, and to a lesser extent the GISS SCM and GCM. Currently unaffiliated, she's at a bifurcation point between further study of complex adaptive systems, especially Earth's climate, and more applied work, especially that pertaining to the logistics of how to support 9e9 people with a mere 10km depth of troposphere atop our 6.4e3km radius planet.

Nick Watkins

is project leader for the Natural Complexity programme at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. A good flavour of the BAS team's interests can be gained from the meeting that BAS hosted last year at Clare College, and a recent Science Perspectives that resulted. His personal research has recently focused on Levy flights with memory and on experimental tests of the presence (or absence) of Levy-like behaviour .

Peter Weichman

is a senior scientist at BAE Systems, Advanced Information Technologies, in Burlington, MA. He is a theoretical physicist with a broad range of interests in condensed matter physics, low temperature physics, fluid dynamics, oceanography, solid Earth geophysics, and acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation. Relevant to the climate physics program, he has worked on scaling theories of turbulence, equilibrium states of 2D geophysical flows, and analysis of NASA satellite oceanographic data in terms of physical theories of ocean dynamics, especially various surface and internal wave motions.

Jeffrey Weiss

is a member of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is interested in geophysical turbulence, coherent structures, transport, predictability, and statistical approaches to turbulence and climate.

Paul Williams

is a NERC Fellow at the Walker Institute for Climate System Research in the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK. He is interested in fundamental processes in the atmosphere and ocean, and their impacts on weather and climate. In particular: unresolved processes and how to represent them, stochastic parameterisation, large-scale climate feedbacks, ocean salinity and its role in rapid climate change, clear-air turbulence prediction, and the 'spontaneous' generation of gravity waves (and especially their role in deep ocean mixing).