Christina Karamperidou

Assistant Professor

PhD: Columbia University, 2012

MSc: Environmental Protection & Sustainable Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2007

MSc: Hydraulics & Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006

BSc: Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.


Jil Kiefer

PhD candidate


M.Sc. Marine Geosciences, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany

B.Sc. Geophysics/Physical Oceanography, University of Hamburg, Germany

Research Interests:

ENSO dynamics and impacts, climate variability, paleoclimate and paleoclimate variability


Madeline McKenna

PhD student


M.A. Climate and Society, Columbia University, 2016

B.S. Environmental Science, Northeastern University, 2014

Research Interests:

ENSO dynamics & teleconnections, tropical-extratropical interactions, and connections between ENSO and extreme weather phenomena.


Zachary Menzo

PhD student


MA: Climate Science and PolicyScripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD, 2017

BS: Earth & Environmental Science, University of Michigan, 2013

Research Interests

Climate change, extreme weather, biogeochemical cycles, science communication, atmospheric chemistry, geoengineering


Jan van der Veken

Masters Student


BS: Meteorology, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Tropical Cyclones, lightning, climate modeling and downscaling, weather risk management


Nicholas Modar

Undergraduate student


BS: Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of Hawaii at Mānoa, expected May 2019

AA: Social Science, American River College

Research Interests

Climate change, wildfire dynamics, predictability of wildfire weather, role of fire in global earth system processes. 


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