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Katie Brennan

Graduate research assistant (she/her)

University of Washington

Welcome.

My name is Katie Brennan and I’m a graduate student in the department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. My research interests include Arctic sea ice, climate of the past, climate variablilty and data assimilation. I am advised by Professor Greg Hakim and also work closely with Professor Cecilia Bitz and Professor Ed Blanchard-Wrigglesworth. I am currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Some big picture research questions I keep coming back to include:

  • How unprecendented are the current changes to Arctic sea ice?
  • How will the global climate system respond to large changes in Arctic sea ice conditions?

I am passionate about equity in STEM and enjoy pushing our community to do more and do better.

Interests

  • Arctic sea ice
  • Climate variaiblity
  • Data assimilation
  • Climate of the past

Education

  • PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, expected 2022

    University of Washington

  • MS in Atmospheric Sciences, 2019

    University of Washington

  • BA in Mathematics and Physics, 2013

    Lewis and Clark College

Tools I like to use:

Python

Open source languages for life.

Statistics

Data assimilation is one of my favorite statistical tools that allows you to optimally combine models and observations. But I also rely on many others to analyze my reconstructions and other data.

Climate models

Mostly I analyze and use output from global climate model simulations to acquire likely climate states and understand the relationship between climate variables.

Observations

Direct observations are great when you have them! When available I like to use satellite and other types of direct observations.

Proxy data

Proxy data (ice cores, tree rings, corals, sediment cores, etc.) can provide useful information when direct observations of climate varaibles are not available, particularly when looking at time periods before 1850.

Publications: submitted or in prep

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(2020). Magnitudes and spatial patterns of interdecadal temperature variability in CMIP6. Geophysical Research Letters.

Publications

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(2020). Arctic Sea-Ice Variability During the Instrumental Era. Geophysical Research Letters.

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(2014). Measuring Lipid Membrane Viscosity Using Rotational and Translational Probe Diffusion. Physical Review Letters.

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

Arctic sea ice response to early 20th century warming

Arctic sea ice response to early 20th century warming

Poster: Reconstructing Arctic sea ice over the past two millennia with the Last Millennium Reanalysis framework