Michael P. Byrne

Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences (St Andrews)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow (Oxford)


I am a climate scientist and Lecturer in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews. I am also a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Group at the University of Oxford. I completed my PhD in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where my advisor was Paul O'Gorman.

Academic CV

Google Scholar profile


My research addresses fundamental questions in atmospheric and climate dynamics, land-climate interactions, the water cycle, and past & future climate change. Recently I have been working to understand the role of atmospheric circulations in climate sensitivity, the dynamics of the intertropical convergence zone, and why continents and oceans respond very differently to climate change. For more information see the new-ish papers below, my Publications page, or drop me an email.

In press: Dynamics of ITCZ width

Recently published: Review article on the ITCZ response to climate change


We always seek motivated graduate students to apply for PhD projects funded through the Iapetus Doctoral Training Partnership. Inquiries from undergraduates who are interested in summer research experience are also encouraged. At postdoc level, there are several fellowships available in the UK including the NERC IRF, Royal Society URF, Marie Curie, Newton and JSMF fellowships. Please get in touch for more information if you are interested in pursuing research in climate dynamics at St Andrews!


email: mpb20@st-andrews.ac.uk or michael.byrne@physics.ox.ac.uk

twitter: @DrMichaelByrne