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Dr. Morgan E O'Neill

Dr. Morgan E O'Neill 

Assistant Professor

Contact: oneillm ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ stanford.edu; @morganeoneill

My work focuses on separating the physics that are fundamental to extreme events from the conditions imposed by a variety of climates. My prior research focused on applying tropical meteorology theory to giant planet dynamics. I am now increasingly interested in terrestrial problems. My current research concerns the outflow dynamics of the worst storms on Earth: tropical cyclones and supercells. 

I received my B.S. in Physics at the University of New Hampshire in 2009 and my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences at MIT in 2015 working with Dr. Kerry Emanuel. I was a Koshland Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science and then a T. C. Chamberlin Fellow at the University of Chicago before joining the Earth System Science faculty at Stanford in 2018. I am also currently a Center Fellow, by courtesy, of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Gabilan Faculty Fellow.

Teaching

  • ESS 247: Tropical Meteorology (Spring 2019, Spring 2021)
  • ESS 146/246A: Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation (Fall 2019, Fall 2020)
  • ESS 146/246B: Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: The Ocean Circulation (co-taught Winter 2019)
Ipshita Dey

Ipshita Dey 

PhD student

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Physical Sciences from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, India in 2013. I worked as a scientist in the Atmospheric Sciences Department in Space Applications Centre, ISRO for 5 years before moving to the US to pursue my doctoral degree. I am broadly interested in understanding dynamics of tropical weather systems such as hurricanes and monsoons and their impact on climate variability. To achieve this, I hope to make synergistic use of ground and space-based observations along with idealized and non-idealized numerical models.

Hao Fu

Hao Fu

PhD student

I am interested in the fluid dynamics of atmosphere ranging from raindrop scale to the general circulation, especially for the tropical region where moisture plays an important role. Currently, I am studying convective cold pool formation and its role in triggering new convection. Before I came to Stanford, I used to study the vortex dynamics of rotating Rayleigh-Bénard convection in lab, as well as a semi-analytical theory of how much rain can a cumulus cloud produce.

  • 2011-2015: Nanjing University, undergraduate, atmospheric sciences.
  • 2015-2018: Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, master program.
Laurel Regibeau-Rockett

Laurel Regibeau-Rockett

PhD student 

I am broadly interested in the dynamics of convective systems, and their interaction with larger-scale circulation. I am currently studying the thermodynamics of the tropical cyclone overturning circulation. Before I began working at Stanford, I received my B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2018. While there, I studied the role of the Beaufort High in setting the freshwater content of the Beaufort Gyre, in the Arctic Ocean.

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Shanni You 

Masters student (research rotation)

I am interested in fluid dynamics of the tropical cyclone evolution, and using simulation, data analysis to get a better understanding of the physics inherence. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering in Jinan University in 2019. At that time, I was studying Microplastics and the Affiliated Persistent Organic Pollutants in the surface water of the Pearl River Delta. I am currently a M.S. student majoring in Environmental Engineering at Stanford.

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Yukun Yang

MS Student

I am interested in the relationship between aerosols and severe weather and using model simulation and real observation to analyze current and historical severe weather phenomena. I completed two bachelor’s degrees before Stanford: Bachelor of Science in Geoscience at Hobart College, and Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. I am currently an MS student studying Atmosphere/Energy at Stanford.

 

 

Henri Stern

Henri Stern

Undergraduate researcher

I am an undergraduate in the mathematics department interested in applying quantitative frameworks to real world environmental issues. I am interested in the physical and chemical forces that drive the behavior of both planetary and terrestrial atmospheres. I am currently studying the distribution of ammonia in Jupiter's atmosphere and the atmospheric rivers that drive precipitation in the American West. 

Howard Tang

Howard Tang

Undergraduate researcher

I am an undergraduate at San Jose State University pursuing degrees in Applied Mathematics/Statistics and Meteorology/Climate Science. I possess a deep interest in the underlying mathematical methods in atmospheric science. My current project involves studying the impact of hurricanes on aerosol movement and quantifying the aerosol fluxes. Previously, I studied potential impacts of fire-induced particulate matter (PM 2.5) in California at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

Former Postdocs:

Sai Prasanth Bhalachandran