Aditi Sheshadri

Atmosphere and Climate Dynamics

I am currently a Junior Fellow of the Simons Foundation in New York, and a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s Department of Applied Physics and Applied Math/the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, hosted by Lorenzo M. Polvani. I got my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, in the Program for Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, where I worked with R. Alan Plumb. I’m broadly interested in atmosphere and ocean dynamics, climate variability, and general circulation.

In January 2018, I will join Stanford University's department of Earth system science as an assistant professor. I will have openings for up to two graduate students to start with me in Fall 2018. A strong background in math/physics/engineering is required, and relevant research experience would be a bonus. Interested students are encouraged to contact me directly. I will also consider hiring promising postdoctoral fellows. If you are approaching the end of your Ph.D. and would like me to sponsor your postdoctoral fellowship application (for, e.g., the NSF fellowship, NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellowship, etc), please send me an email!

I’m particularly interested in improving our understanding of stratospheric dynamics, stratosphere-troposphere interactions, the variability of the mid-latitude jet and storm tracks, and of how the natural, unforced variability of the earth’s climate could be related to its response to external forcing. I’m currently working on a number of projects, including: interactions of ENSO and stratospheric variability in setting midlatitude wintertime climate and extremes, understanding barotropic and baroclinic modes of variability of the midlatitude jet and storm tracks, and propagating annular modes.

Mail: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, E-mail: aditi_s at or as4915 at or

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