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March 17, 2020

Andrea Jenney awarded NOAA postdoctoral fellowship

Andrea Jenney has been accepted into a notable federal program founded to train the next generation of climate researchers. After graduating with her Ph.D. this summer, Jenney will move on to the University of California, Irvine, where she will work with Associate Professor Mike Pritchard on a project she proposed for her NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship.

“I’m thrilled to have, for the first time ever, successfully obtained funding to work on a project that I designed myself,” said Jenney, who is co-advised by Professors David Randall and Elizabeth Barnes. “I’m also looking forward to working with awesome new mentors and collaborators and learning new science, tools and skills.”

Jenney and Pritchard will explore the role of small-scale features in the atmospheric temperature profile of convection using high-resolution simulations, in order to improve our understanding of the processes that create clouds and rain in our atmosphere. NOAA recognizes that understanding the connections between weather and climate is key to comprehending the effects of climate change. Jenney’s project will fit their weather results into the broader context of climate, with the ultimate goal of advancing weather and climate simulations.

Over the past 30 years, NOAA’s Climate and Global Change program has supported 230 fellows, who are hosted with mentoring scientists at universities and research institutions across the U.S.