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

Google Scholar profile
Orcid profile

  • Brown, P. T., K. Caldeira: Greater future global warming inferred from Earth’s recent energy budget. Under Revision.
  • Brown, P. T., Y. Ming, W. Li, S. A. Hill (2017) Change in the magnitude and mechanisms of global temperature variability with warming. Nature Climate Change, doi:0.1038/nclimate3381.
  • 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.

 


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 Advisor, 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

Assesment Reports:

  • Expert Reviewer: IPCC Special Report of global warming of 1.5C

Scholarly Journals:

  • 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

Miscellaneous:


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 models (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 – SCIENTIFIC AUDIENCE 

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

MISCELLANEOUS TALKS/PRESENTATIONS – GENERAL AUDIENCE 

  • Roosevelt School, Redwood City (10/2017)
    • Human’s influence on the global climate
  • Quarry Lane School – STEM Day 2017! (9/2017)
    • Understanding climate change and our choices through math
  • Washington Latin Public Charter School (5/2016)
    • Ask a climate scientist anything
  • 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.
  • 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)

DIGITAL EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL 


MEDIA MENTIONS CONTRIBUTIONS AND INTERVIEWS

Climate Feedback

General

On changes in global temperature variability with warming

On the stability of unforced global temperature

On the pace of global warming over the beginning of the 21st century

On the origin of unforced variability in climate models

On the causes of unforced variability in climate models


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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