Dr. Elizabeth Barnes

Biosketch

Elizabeth Barnes is an assistant professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. She joined the CSU faculty in 2013 after obtaining dual B.S. degrees (Honors) in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, obtaining her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington, and spending a year as a NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellow at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Professor Barnes' research is focused on large scale atmospheric variability and relies on data from observations as well as models of varying complexity. In recent years, her groups' research has also focused on subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) prediction of extreme weather events, and she is currently Task Force Lead for the NOAA MAPP Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Prediction Task Force. She teaches graduate courses on fundamental atmospheric dynamics and data science and statistical analysis methods.

Professor Barnes is involved in a number of research community activities. In addition to being the lead of the NOAA MAPP S2S Prediction Task Force, she also serves on the AMS AOFD Committee, is an Associate Editor of Journal of Climate, an Editorial Board Member for npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, and serves as a member of the International Commission on Dynamical Meteorology, a Commission of the IAMAS.

Dr. Barnes was awarded an NSF CAREER grant in 2018. In addition, she won the George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award in 2016 and was recognized for her teaching and mentoring by being awarded an Honorable Mention for the CSU Graduate Advising and Mentorship Award in 2017 and being named the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award in 2016 by the graduate students of the Department of Atmospheric Science.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science – 2012 – University of Washington, Seattle
  • B.S. in Mathematics – 2007 – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • B.S. in Physics – 2007 – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Honors & Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award - 2018
  • CSU Graduate Advising and Mentorship Award, Honorable Mention, awarded by the CSU Graduate Student Council - 2017
  • George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award, College of Engineering, CSU - 2016
  • Nominated for the IAMAS Early Career Scientist Medal by the International Commission on Dynamical Meteorology - 2016
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year, Department of Atmospheric Science, CSU - 2016
  • Identified by Nature journals to be one of the best referees of 2015
  • Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing – Geophysical Research Letters - 2015
  • James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award, Atmospheric Sciences Section of the AGU - 2014
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration - 2012

Committees/Panel Memberships/Leadership roles

  • Task Force Lead for the NOAA MAPP Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Prediction Task Force, (2016 - )
  • AMS Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (AOFD) Committee (2017 - )
  • Panel member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space 2017 (2016 - 2018)
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Climate (2016 - )
  • Editorial Board Member for npj Climate and Atmospheric Science (2017 - )
  • Core member of U.S. CLIVAR Working Group Arctic Change and Possible Influence on Mid-latitude Climate and Weather (2015 - )
  • Member of the International Commission on Dynamical Meteorology, a Commission of the IAMAS (2014 - )
  • AMS Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (AOFD) Committee (2017 - )
  • Professional Society Memberships: American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society