Curriculum vitae


CURRENT POSITION

  • Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University
    • Postdoctoral Research Scientist (under Ken Caldeira)

EDUCATION

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Earth and Ocean Science, 2016
  • San Jose State University, San Jose, California
    • Master of Science, Meteorology and Climate Science, 2012
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2008

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

  • Brown, P. T., Y. Ming, W. Li, S. A. Hill: Change in the magnitude and mechanisms of unforced surface temperature variability in a warmer climate. Under Revision.
  • Brown, P. T., W. Li, J. H. Jiang, H. Su (2016) Spread in the magnitude of climate model interdecadal global temperature variability traced to disagreements over high-latitude oceans. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2016GL071442.
  • Brown, P. T. (2016) Reporting on global warming: A study in headlines, Physics Today, doi:10.1063/PT.3.3310.
  • Brown, P. T. (2016) What do historical temperature records tell us about natural variability in global temperature?, Climanosco, 24 Aug. 2016. (placed 2nd overall in the Climanosco launch challenge)
  • Brown, P. T., M. S. Lozier, R. Zhang, W. Li (2016) The necessity of cloud feedback for a basin-scale Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2016GL068303.
  • Brown, P.T., W. Li, J.H. Jiang, H. Su (2016) Unforced surface air temperature variability and its contrasting relationship with the anomalous TOA energy flux at local and global spatial scales. Journal of Climate, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0384.1.
  • Brown, P.T., W. Li, E.C. Cordero, S.A. Mauget (2015) Comparing the model-simulated global warming signal to observations using empirical estimates of unforced noise. Nature Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep09957.
  • Brown, P.T., W. Li, S. P. Xie (2015) Regions of Significant Influence on Unforced Global Mean Surface Temperature Variability in Climate Models. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, doi: 10.1002/2014JD022576.
  • Brown, P.T., W. Li, L. Li, Y. Ming (2014) Top-of-Atmosphere Radiative Contribution to Unforced Decadal Global Temperature Variability in Climate Models. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2014GL060625.
  • Brown, P.T., E.C. Cordero, S.A. Mauget (2012) Reproduction of 20th Century Intradecadal to Multidecadal Surface Temperature Variability in Radiatively Forced Coupled Climate Models. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, doi:10.1029/2011JD016864.
  • Mauget S.A., E.C. Cordero, P.T. Brown (2011) Evaluating Modeled Intra- to Multidecadal Climate Variability Using Running Mann-Whitney Z Statistics. Journal of Climate, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00211.1.

GENERAL AUDIENCE MEDIA


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Duke University
    • Teaching Assistant, August 2012 – December 2016
      • Earth and Ocean Sciences 355 – Global Warming
      • Earth and Ocean Sciences 511 – The Climate System (2 semesters)
      • Earth and Ocean Sciences 508 – Climate History
      • Earth and Ocean Sciences 365 – Weather and Climate
      • Earth and Ocean Sciences 12 – The History of Life and Earth
      • Earth and Ocean Sciences 101 – The Dynamic Earth
  • Duke Kunshan University (Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China)
    • Instructor, Fall 2015
      • Earth and Ocean Sciences 366 – Climate Change and Society in China
  • San Jose State University
    • Instructor, August 2010 – June 2012
      • Meteorology 12 – Global Warming: Science and Solutions (Sole Instructor, 4 semesters)
      • Meteorology 173 – Global Climate Modeling (Lab Instructor, 1 semester)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
    • Graduate Fellowship Program Intern, summer 2016
    • Graduate Fellowship Program Intern, summer 2014
  • NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)
    • Research Associate, summer 2015
  • Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
    • Staff Scientist – Climate modeling adviser, October 2014 – February 2015
  • Climate Clock Initiative
    • Climate Science Adviser, April 2011 – August 2011
  • Weather Central, LLC / MyWeather, LLC
    • Forecaster / Graphics Technician / Customer Support / Market Research / Data Entry, December 2008 – August 2009
  • NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)
    • Meteorology Intern, summer 2007
  • NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center (GSFC)
    • Atmospheric Science Intern, summer 2006

REVIEW SERVICES

  • Nature Geoscience
  • Journal of Climate
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Earth System Dynamics
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • 25th Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Science Team Meeting
    • Unforced surface air temperature variability and its contrasting relationship with the anomalous TOA energy flux at local and global spatial scales. Viewable here (4/2016)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting
    • INVITED: The necessity of cloud feedback for a basin-scale Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (12/2016 – Presented by 2nd author Susan Lozier)
    • Unforced surface air temperature anomalies and their opposite relationship with the TOA energy imbalance at local and global scales (12/2015)
    • Regions of Significant Influence on Unforced Global Mean Surface Air Temperature Variability in Climate Models (12/2014)
    • Global Temperature Change Associated with Unforced Top-of-Atmosphere Net Radiation Variability (12/2013)
    • Past Unforced Surface Temperature Variability and its Implication on Contemporary Climate Change (12/2012)
    • Role of Unforced Multidecadal Variability on 21st Century Surface Temperature Projections (12/2011)
    • Assessing inter- to multi-decadal variability in climate model’s (12/2010)
  • World Climate Research Program Workshop on CMIP5 Model Data Analysis (3/2012)
    • An evaluation of unforced multidecadal surface temperature variability present in CMIP5 models
    • Unforced Multidecadal Surface Temperature Variability in Observations and its Implications on 20th/21st Century Climate Change
  • CLIVAR Workshop: Using Paleo-Climate Model/Data Comparisons to Constrain Future Projections (3/2012)
    • Unforced Multidecadal Surface Temperature Variability in Observations and its Implications on 20th/21st Century Climate Change
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting
    • Role of Unforced Multidecadal Variability on 21st Century Surface Temperature Projections (1/2012)
    • An Evaluation of Surface Temperature Variability in CMIP5 Simulations (1/2012)
    • Assessing inter- to multi-decadal variability in climate model’s (1/2011). Viewable here.

MISCELLANEOUS TALKS/PRESENTATIONS

  • Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory (LBNL) Seminar Series (8/2017)
    • Change in the magnitude and mechanisms of global temperature variability with warming
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Climate and Weather Seminar Series (2/2017)
    • INVITED: Change in the magnitude and mechanisms of global temperature variability with warming
  • Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University (1/2017)
    • Do propagation of error calculations invalidate global climate model projections?
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) seminar (7/2016)
    • Unforced surface air temperature variability and its contrasting relationship with the anomalous TOA energy flux at local and global spatial scales
  • Washington Latin Public Charter School (5/2016)
    • Ask a climate scientist anything
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (11/2015)
    • Unforced Surface Temperature Variability and its Relationship with the Top-of-Atmosphere Energy Budget
  • GFDL Public Seminar (6/2015)
    • Unforced Surface Temperature Variability and its Relationship with the Top-of-Atmosphere Energy Balance in CMIP5 Models
  • Duke Seminars
    • Magnitude and Mechanisms of Unforced Global Mean Surface Air Temperature Variability (2/2015)
    • Regions of Significant Influence on Unforced Global Mean Surface Air Temperature Variability in Climate Models (12/2014)
    • Top-of-Atmosphere Radiative Contribution to Unforced Decadal Global Temperature Variability in Climate Models (3/2014)
    • Unforced Surface Temperature Variability in Observations and its Implication on Contemporary Climate Change (10/2012)
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) seminar (8/2014)
    • Top-of-atmosphere radiative feedbacks in the context of unforced interdecadal temperature variability
  • Woods Charter School – Environmental Science Guest Speaker (2/2014)
    • Global Temperature Variability and ‘the pause’
  • Environmental Resources Management (ERM) seminar (12/2013)
    • The science behind climate change: what we know and what we don’t know in 2013.
  • San Jose State University Seminars
    • Unforced Surface Temperature Variability in Observations and its Implication on Contemporary Climate Change (3/2012)
    • Reproduction of Intradecadal to Multidecadal Surface Temperature Variability in Radiatively Forced Coupled Climate Models (3/2012)
    • The State of Climate Science: From Recent Observations to ‘Climategate’ (4/2010)
      • This presentation can be viewed in three parts here, here and here.
  • Atmospheric Sciences Symposium at UC Berkeley (2/2012)
    • Role of Unforced Multidecadal Variability on 21st Century Surface Temperature Projections
  • Bay Area Earth Science Institute: Global Warming and our Carbon Footprint
    • Global Warming: Topical Aspects of the Science Presented in FAQ Form (7/2011)
    • The State of Climate Science: From Recent Observations to ‘Climategate’ (3/2010)
  • NASA Langley Research Center intern presentations (8/2007)
    • The Saharan Air Layer’s interaction with tropical waves during the NAMMA time period
  • NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center intern presentations (8/2006)
    • The Calibration of Water Vapor Profiles Produced from LIDAR Instrumentation

RELEVANT SHORT COURSES COMPLETED

  • NASA Ames’ short course for earth system modeling and supercomputing (7/2012)
  • SJSU’s Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model tutorial (7/2011)
  • NCAR’s Community Earth System Model (CESM) tutorial (7/2010)

AWARDS

  • 2016 Duke Graduate School Fellowship for Outstanding Performance
  • 2015 Nicholas School of the Environment Dean’s Award for the Best Graduate Student Manuscript
  • 2015 Climanosco Launch Challenge: Manuscript took 2nd place overall in international competition.

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