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Prospective students interested in pursuing undergraduate, graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.), or postdoctoral research are encouraged to contact Christina Patricola at

Research Areas:

  • climate variability and change
  • climate dynamics
  • tropical cyclones
  • extreme weather/climate events
  • atmosphere-ocean interactions
  • high-resolution climate modeling
  • paleoclimate

Current group members


Chris Patricola - Professor and Principal Investigator

I am an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University and an Affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  I received my PhD in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University.  My research focuses on variability and change in extreme weather events on future to paleo timescales.  I enjoy designing and running high-resolution climate model experiments to understand how large-scale drivers and local-scale feedbacks in the Earth System influence extreme weather, especially tropical cyclones.

Ana Sena - postdoctoral researcher

I am a postdoctoral researcher working at Iowa State University. I received my PhD in Earth System Science at University of California Irvine. My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which climate change may affect the global distribution of tropical cyclones, by performing experiments in global climate models.

Teryn Mueller - concurrent BS/MS student

I am a concurrent MS/BS Meteorology Student at Iowa State University.  My MS project focuses on how greenhouse gas emissions will impact future ENSO projections and teleconnections with the Atlantic tropical cyclones. I am using the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF), which is a high-resolution numerical climate model that has the ability to simulate large scale climate patterns along with extreme events, such as tropical cyclones. 

Dakota Forbis - PhD student

Joining in August, 2021.

Emily Bercos-Hickey - postdoctoral researcher

I am a postdoctoral researcher working at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. My research interests include working with large sets of global and regional climate model data to examine how climate change will affect the complex meteorology over North Africa, specifically focusing on African easterly waves, as well as severe storms over the United States. 

Lab profile: 

Huanping Huang - postdoctoral researcher

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, under the supervision of Christina M. Patricola and William D. Collins. I received my PhD in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College. My research focused on the detection and attribution of hydroclimate extremes, as well as the physical mechanisms through which natural variability and anthropogenic forcing alter hydroclimate extremes.

Lab profile:

Undergraduate researchers

  • Jared Schadler (summer 2021)
  • Daniel Cassidy (Meteorology Senior Thesis, 2021)
  • Nathan Erickson (Meteorology Senior Thesis, 2021)
  • Juan Mangual (Meteorology Senior Thesis, 2021)

Previous undergraduate researchers

  • Grace Hansen (ISU First-Year Honors Program, spring 2021)
  • Allysa Dallmann (Meteorology Senior Thesis and ISU LAS Dean's High Impact Award, fall 2020 - spring 2021; now at University of Texas at Austin)
  • Flor Vanessa Maciel (Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research program, summer 2020; now at San Jose State University)