Our Team

We are a committed team of engineers, scientists, and applied and computational mathematicians working toward a common goal of developing an Earth system model capable of accurate and precise climate predictions.

Science and Engineering Team

  • Anima Anandkumar

    Machine Learning

    Anima Anandkumar

    Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech

    • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2009
  • Sajjad Azimi

    Atmosphere Processes

    Sajjad Azimi

    Postdoc, Caltech

    • Ph.D., EPFL, 2020
    • Computational fluid dynamics
    • Dynamical systems approach to turbulence
    • Modeling cloud microphysics
  • Eviatar Bach

    Data Assimilation/Machine Learning

    Eviatar Bach

    Postdoc, Caltech

    • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2021
    • Data assimilation, climate dynamics, predictability, and dynamical systems
    • Foster and Coco Stanback Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate in Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Valeria Barra

    Atmosphere Core/Software Engineering

    Valeria Barra

    Research Software Engineer, Caltech

    • Ph.D., NJIT, 2018
    • Computational mathematics and high-performance scientific computing
    • Numerical methods for PDEs
    • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Jordan Benjamin

    Atmosphere Processes

    Jordan Benjamin

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S., MIT, 2019
    • Clouds, microphysics, turbulence, and convection
  • Siddhartha Bishnu

    Ocean Processes

    Siddhartha Bishnu

    Postdoc, MIT

    • Ph.D., Florida State University, 2021
    • High-Order Methods
    • Time Integrators
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Ocean Model Development
  • Dave Bonan

    Atmosphere Processes

    Dave Bonan

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S., University of Washington, 2019
    • Climate dynamics, sea ice, ocean overturning, feedbacks
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    Gabriele Bozzola

    Software Engineering

    Gabriele Bozzola

    Software Engineer, Caltech

    • PhD, University of Arizona, 2023
    • High-performance computing, numerical methods, computational fluid dynamics
    • Research software engineering
  • Renato Braghiere

    Land Model

    Renato Braghiere

    Research Scientist, Caltech

    • Ph.D., University of Reading, 2018
    • Land Surface Modeling, radiative transfer theory, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions
  • Simon Byrne

    Software Engineering

    Simon Byrne

    Lead Software Engineer, Caltech

    • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2011
    • Management of large and distributed software projects
    • High-performance computing
    • Statistics and machine learning
  • Jean-Michel Campin

    Ocean Core

    Jean-Michel Campin

    Research Scientist, MIT

    • Ph.D., Université catholique de Louvain, 1997
    • Computational fluid dynamics and ocean modelling; extensive experience developing ocean, sea-ice and atmospheric models
    • Co-developer of the MITgcm ocean model
  • Andy Charbonneau

    Land Model

    Andy Charbonneau

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.A., Princeton University, 2020
    • Learning from data and AI
    • Land model development (snow)
  • Costa Christopoulos

    Atmosphere Processes

    Costa Christopoulos

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S., MIT, 2017
    • Clouds and convection
  • Valentin Churavy

    Software Engineering

    Valentin Churavy

    Graduate Student, MIT

    • B.Sc., University Osnabrück, Germany, 2015; M.Sc., MIT, 2019
    • Compiler research for heterogenous high-performance computing
    • Julia language development
    • Distributed and accelerated computing for high-level programming languages
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    Navid Constantinou

    Ocean Processes

    Navid Constantinou

    Research Fellow, Australian National University

    • Ph.D., National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2015
    • Dynamics of large-scale ocean circulation and mesoscale eddies
    • Recipient of NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015; Recipient of Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, 2021
  • Emily de Jong

    Atmosphere Processes

    Emily de Jong

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S.E., Princeton University, 2019
    • Aerosol indirect effects
  • Mauricio de Moura Lima

    Land Model

    Mauricio de Moura Lima

    Visiting Student Researcher, Caltech

    • M.Sc., Ecole Polytechnique, expected 2024
    • River model development
    • Learning from data and AI
  • Katherine Deck

    Land Model

    Katherine Deck

    Senior Research Scientist, Caltech

    • Ph.D., MIT, 2014
    • Evolution of dynamical systems
    • Inverse problems and learning from data
  • Oliver Dunbar

    Data Assimilation/Machine Learning

    Oliver Dunbar

    Senior Research Scientist, Caltech

    • Ph.D., University of Warwick, 2017
    • Data assimilation and machine learning
    • Experimental design approaches for optimal placement of high-resolution simulations
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    Nat Efrat-Henrici

    Software Engineering

    Nat Efrat-Henrici

    Schmidt Scholar, Caltech

    • B.S., Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College, 2021
    • Software engineering
    • Microphysics
  • Haakon Ervik

    Atmosphere Processes/Data Assimilation

    Haakon Ervik

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • M.Sc., University of Bergen, 2020
    • Subgrid-scale modeling for atmospheric turbulence, convection and clouds
    • Inverse problems, stochastic modeling, and learning from data
    • Recipient of Aker Scholarship and Fulbright Fellowship
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    Ryan Eusebi

    Atmosphere Processes

    Ryan Eusebi

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S., Princeton University, 2022
    • Large-scale atmospheric processes, climate dynamics and extremes, climate modeling
  • Raffaele Ferrari

    Ocean Core and Processes, co-PI

    Raffaele Ferrari

    Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography; Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, MIT

    • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2000
    • Theories of ocean turbulence and its impact on biogeochemistry and present/past climates
    • Recipient of the Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award (American Meteorological Society), Robert L. and Bettie P. Cody Award (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Christian Frankenberg

    Land/Biosphere

    Christian Frankenberg

    Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech; Research Scientist, JPL

    • Ph.D., Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, 2005
    • Carbon cycle; atmospheric CO2 and methane; space-based measurements of the biosphere
    • Recipient of Macelwane Medal (AGU). AGU Fellow. NASA Early Career Achievement Medal
  • Basile Gallet

    Ocean Processes

    Basile Gallet

    Researcher, CEA Saclay, France

    • Ph.D., Physics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 2011
    • Radiatively driven convection, wave-mean flow interactions, asymptotic methods in geophysical fluid dynamics
    • Recipient of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Distinguished Scholar Award (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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    M. Geogdzhayeva

    Ocean Core

    M. Geogdzhayeva

    Student Researcher, MIT

    • B.S., MIT, expected 2024
    • Data assimilation for geophysical modeling
    • Climate and weather extremes
  • Chris Hill

    Ocean Core

    Chris Hill

    Principal Research Engineer, MIT

    • Climate modeling, high-performance parallel computing
    • Architect of the widely used MITgcm ocean model and Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF)
  • Anna Jaruga

    Atmosphere Processes

    Anna Jaruga

    Senior Research Scientist, Caltech

    • Ph.D., University of Warsaw, 2017
    • Cloud microphysics and cloud-aerosol interactions
  • Sriharsha Kandala

    Software Engineering

    Sriharsha Kandala

    Research Software Engineer, Caltech

    • PhD., Illinois Institute of Technology, 2015
    • Computational fluid dynamics and High-performance computing
    • Software development
  • Charles Kawczynski

    Software Engineering

    Charles Kawczynski

    Senior Software Engineer, Caltech

    • Ph.D., UCLA, 2018
    • Computational fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics
    • High-performance computing, machine learning
  • Polina Khapikova

    Atmosphere Processes

    Polina Khapikova

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S., UC Davis, 2019
    • Atmospheric and climate dynamics, climate extremes
  • Oswald Knoth

    Atmosphere Core

    Oswald Knoth

    Senior Scientist, TROPOS

    • Ph.D., University of Halle, 1983
    • Numerical methods for weather prediction
    • Multirate time integration methods
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    Amy Lu

    Atmosphere Processes

    Amy Lu

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S., UC Riverside, 2022
    • Cloud microphysics
    • Effect of aerosols on climate
    • Aerosol-cloud interactions
  • John Marshall

    Ocean Core and Processes

    John Marshall

    Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography; Director Climate Modeling Initiative, MIT

    • Ph.D., Imperial College, 1980
    • Ocean circulation theory; coupled dynamics of atmosphere and oceans; parameterization of ocean processes
    • Architect of the widely used MITgcm ocean model
    • Recipient of L.F. Richardson Prize (Royal Meteorological Society), Sverdrup Gold Medal and Bernhard Haurwitz Prize (both American Meteorological Society). Fellow of the Royal Society.
  • Nicholas Nelsen

    Data Assimilation/Machine Learning

    Nicholas Nelsen

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • M.Sc., Caltech, 2020
    • Emulation of high-dimensional input-output maps
  • Lenka Novak

    Atmosphere Processes

    Lenka Novak

    Senior Research Scientist, Caltech

    • Ph.D., University of Reading, 2016
    • Large-scale atmosphere dynamics; storm track dynamics
  • Grace O’Neil

    Atmosphere Processes

    Grace O’Neil

    Graduate Student, MIT

    • M.A., Columbia University, 2020
    • Atmospheric Dynamics
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    Ronak Patel

    Atmosphere Processes

    Ronak Patel

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S., North Carolina State University, 2021
    • Climate Extremes
    • Atmosphere/Climate Dynamics
    • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Ali Ramadhan

    Ocean Processes

    Ali Ramadhan

    Graduate Student, MIT

    • M.S., University of Waterloo, 2017
    • Atmosphere-ocean-cryosphere dynamics; biophysical ocean interactions
    • High-performance computing and ocean model development
  • Alexandre A. Renchon

    Alexandre A. Renchon

    Land Model

    Alexandre A. Renchon

    Postdoc, Caltech

    • Ph.D., Western Sydney University, 2019
    • Land-atmosphere exchanges: measurements & modeling
    • Dynamic web apps
  • Tapio Schneider

    Atmosphere Processes, Lead PI

    Tapio Schneider

    Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech; Senior Research Scientist, JPL

    • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2001
    • Dynamics of atmospheres and climate changes, including changes in clouds, storminess, and extreme precipitation
    • Named one of “20 Best Brains Under 40” (Discover Magazine), David and Lucile Packard Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
  • Zhaoyi Shen

    Atmosphere Processes

    Zhaoyi Shen

    Senior Research Scientist, Caltech

    • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2018
    • Climate dynamics and aerosol-climate interactions
    • Cloud dynamics and feedbacks
  • Simone Silvestri

    Ocean Processes

    Simone Silvestri

    Postdoc, MIT

    • Ph.D., Delft University of Technology, 2021
    • Computational fluid dynamics, turbulent heat transfer, large scale high fidelity simulations
  • Julia Sloan

    Julia Sloan

    Software Engineering

    Julia Sloan

    Schmidt Scholar, Caltech

    • B.S. Computer Science, Caltech, 2022
    • Software design and development
    • High-performance computing and parallelization
  • Andre Souza

    Ocean Processes

    Andre Souza

    Research Scientist, MIT

    • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2016
    • Optimal control and scientific computing; turbulent heat transport theory and rare events in dynamical systems
  • Akshay Sridhar

    Atmosphere Processes

    Akshay Sridhar

    Research Scientist, Caltech

    • Ph.D., Caltech, 2018
    • Subgrid-scale modelling of atmospheric turbulence and clouds
    • Numerical techniques in earth-system modeling/high-performance computing
  • Andrew Stuart

    Data Assimilation/Machine Learning

    Andrew Stuart

    Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech

    • Ph.D., University of Oxford, 1986
    • Bayesian learning and optimal combination of mechanistic models with data; data assimilation, inverse problems, and stochastic modeling
    • Recipient of James Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (SIAM), J. D. Crawford Prize (SIAM), Wolfson Research Merit Award (Royal Society)
  • Paul Ullrich

    Atmosphere Core

    Paul Ullrich

    Professor, UC Davis

    • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2011
    • Numerical methods for global atmospheric models
    • Global model evaluation
  • Gregory Wagner

    Ocean Processes

    Gregory Wagner

    Research Scientist, MIT

    • Ph.D., UC San Diego, 2016
    • Dynamics of waves and small-scale mixing in oceans
    • Recipient of NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Yujie Wang

    Land Model

    Yujie Wang

    Postdoc, Caltech

    • PhD, University of Utah, 2020
    • Model development
    • Leaf gas exchange
    • Plant acclimation to the climate
  • Ryan Ward

    Atmosphere Processes

    Ryan Ward

    Graduate Student, Caltech

    • B.S., University of Florida, 2019
    • Aerosol-cloud interactions
  • Dennis Yatunin

    Software Engineering

    Dennis Yatunin

    Software Engineer, Caltech

    • B.S., Caltech, 2020
    • High-performance computing and numerical methods

Project Management and Coordination

  • Raffaele Ferrari

    Ocean Core and Processes, co-PI

    Raffaele Ferrari

    Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography; Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, MIT

    • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2000
    • Theories of ocean turbulence and its impact on biogeochemistry and present/past climates
    • Recipient of the Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award (American Meteorological Society), Robert L. and Bettie P. Cody Award (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Cheikh Mbengue

    Project Management, Product Development and Public Outreach

    Cheikh Mbengue

    CliMA Project Manager

    • Ph.D., Caltech, 2015
    • Atmospheric Dynamics and Predictability, Chaotic Systems, Climate modeling, Climate-Change Dynamics and Impacts, Climate and Society
    • 2006 Rhodes Scholar
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    Leilani Rivera-Dotson

    Program Coordination, Research Administration

    Leilani Rivera-Dotson

    CliMA Program Coordinator, Caltech

    • B.A., UH Mānoa, 2005
    • Higher education and research administrative support
    • Facilities management
    • Meeting and event planning
    • Outreach support
  • Tapio Schneider

    Atmosphere Processes, Lead PI

    Tapio Schneider

    Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech; Senior Research Scientist, JPL

    • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2001
    • Dynamics of atmospheres and climate changes, including changes in clouds, storminess, and extreme precipitation
    • Named one of “20 Best Brains Under 40” (Discover Magazine), David and Lucile Packard Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
  • Ashlee Zhang

    Finance

    Ashlee Zhang

    CliMA Finance Assistant; Grants Manager, Caltech

    • B.A., UC San Diego, 2014
    • Financial management
    • Financial forecasting and budgeting

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