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Maria Rugenstein – Assistant Professor

Maria Rugenstein

Phone: 970-491-8364
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Research Interests

My research interests focus on understanding the large-scale interactions of the atmosphere and ocean. The timescale of my research questions range from month-to-annual tropospheric radiative adjustments to century-to-millenia deep ocean warming. I study the causes and consequences of spatial and temporal patterns of ocean heat uptake and how they interact with atmospheric feedbacks. I use conceptual models, models with varying degrees of complexity, and large model ensembles. Direct implications of my research are understanding and constraining climate sensitivity, thus increasing our ability to predict how climate changes under a given forcing.

Research Sponsors

Awards, Honors, and Positions

2019 — Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers
2018 — Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters
2018 — Swiss National Science Postdoctoral Fellowship
2014 — AGU Outstanding student presentation award
2012 — ETH medal for master’s thesis
2006 — German National Academic Foundation Student Fellowship