Joellen Russell

Department Head, Geosciences

Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP

Associate Professor, Global Change - GIDP

Distinguished Professor, Geosciences

Member of the Graduate Faculty

Professor, Geosciences

Professor, Hydrology / Atmospheric Sciences

Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Professor, Planetary Sciences

Prof. Joellen Russell is the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science and Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Geosciences. Her research uses global climate and earth system models to simulate the climate and carbon cycle of the past, the present and the future, and develops observationally-based metrics to evaluate these simulations. Prof. Russell is the lead for the modeling theme of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM) including its Southern Ocean Model Intercomaprison Project (SOMIP). She currently serves as Co-chair of the NOAA Science Advisory Board’s Climate Working Group, as an Objective Leader for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research’s AntarcticClimate21, and on the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Community Earth System Model Advisory Board. Prof. Russell is one of the 14 scientists behind an amicus curiae brief supporting the plaintiff in the historic 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision on carbon dioxide emissions and climate change, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Before joining UA, Dr. Russell was a Research Scientist at Princeton University and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (NOAA/GFDL). She received her A.B. in Environmental Geoscience from Harvard and her PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Joellen Russell's work on the westerly winds led to the creation of a new paradigm in climate science, namely that warmer climates produce stronger westerly winds. This insight solved one of the long-standing climate paradoxes, the mechanism responsible for transferring one-third of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into the ocean and then back out again during our repeated glacial-interglacial cycles. Prof. Russell grew up north of the Arctic Circle in an Eskimo fishing village and began actively working toward her current position at the age of 12 - she can’t believe she gets paid to work on the biggest challenge of our time. She lives in Tucson with her husband and their two children.

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Prerequisite Courses

Calculus, Introduction to Oceanography

Majors Considered

Geosciences, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Math, Applied Math

Types of Opportunities

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Start Date

January 2006

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