Research Group

Members of the Climate Processes and Predictability Group


Graduate students

Mark Leonard


Fourth year graduate student.  Mark works on the global carbon cycle using global earth system models and data assimilation. Mark is co-advised by Lori Bruwhiler (NOAA scientist).

Danni Du

Second-year graduate student. Danni's research interests include air-sea interaction, the role of the Indian Ocean in Monsoon Dynamics.  Danni is co-advised by Prof. Weiqing Han.

Tim Higgins

I am currently a Ph.D student at the Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences at the University of Colorado – Boulder.  I was born and raised in Connecticut and earned a BS from the University of Miami in meteorology/atmospheric sciences and applied mathematics in 2020.  I am interested in nonlinear data assimilation, machine learning, and the dynamic properties of Atmospheric Rivers.  I am focusing on ways to improve numerical weather prediction on subseasonal, subseasonal to seasonal, and seasonal timescales. Contact: timothy.higgins@colorado.edu

Matt Watwood


Matt grew up in the mountains of Colorado and still loves being in the outdoors any time of year hiking, skiing, backcountry skiing, disc golfing, or just laying in a hammock. His research interests are currently diverse and generally hope to bring together atmospheric and oceanic observations and modeling ranging in specifics from remote sensing instrumentation and field campaigns to fluid dynamics, data assimilation, and machine learning.

Post-doctoral scientists

Ho-Hsuan Wei


Dr. Ho-Hsuan Wei joined as a postdoc in the Spring 2019. Dr. Wei earned her Ph.D. from Caltech in Environmental Science and Engineering with Dr. Simona Bordoni. Ho-Hsuan's dissertation focused on the seasonally-varying tropical convergence zones, which are crucial to billions of people who strongly depend on agriculture. Dr. Wei is co-advised by Prof. Kris Karnauskas.

Undergraduate research students

Alison Jarvis


Alison is a fourth-year undergraduate student in Aerospace Engg. at CU Boulder. Her research interests include ocean biogeochemistry, space physics, exoplanets, and space biology. Alison started in our group in Fall 2019 and is working on a research project in ocean biogeochemistry using machine learning. 


Muntaha Pasha




Moon is a Fourth Year Undergraduate Student in Computer Science at CU Boulder, research interests include severe thunderstorm formation, clouds, and studying/looking at Extreme weather events, and am a big star wars fanatic! Currently working on the Anemometer Project in collaboration with Dr. Christine Shields and Dr. Gerald Meehl at NCAR.

Frederico Tiago Diogo




Recent graduate with a B.S in Geophysical Engineering. Interested in remote sensing, digital signal processing, and machine learning.

Research scientists

Dave Reynolds

Dave started with us in Fall 2019. Dave spent close to a decade as Meteorologist in Charge (MIC) of the National Weather Service (NWS) San Francisco Bay Area Forecast Office. Before becoming MIC in 2002, Dave was Chief of Operations of the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, one of the service centers of the National Centers of Environmental Prediction in Washington DC. Before joining the NWS as the Science and Operations Officer at Monterey in 1994, Dave directed the Sierra Cooperative Pilot Project from 1982 until 1994. His primary interest is in Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting (QPF) and in climate change impacts in California.