Department of Geophysical Sciences and the College
Tiffany Shaw’s research encompasses atmospheric and climate dynamics, including the future impacts of anthropogenic climate change. A physicist by training, her research focuses on the fundamental physical processes underlying weather and climate. Her research combines theoretical principles of classical mechanics and modern tools from applied mathematics with observational analysis and numerical modeling. She is particularly interested in the role of waves and turbulence in the atmosphere and their transport of momentum, heat, and moisture, which shape Earth’s weather and climate.
Her recent publications include “On the Role of Planetary-Scale Waves in the Abrupt Seasonal Transition of the Northern Hemisphere General Circulation,” in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, and “Troposphere-Stratosphere Coupling: Links to North Atlantic Weather and Climate, Including Their Representation in CMIP5 Models,” in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Shaw is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, and the American Geophysical Union’s James R. Holton Award. She received her PhD in physics from the University of Toronto.
Shaw joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.