Ran Feng

Assistant Professor (

Growing up in southwest China, Ran studied meteorology and climate at Nanjing University, and Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She soon became fascinated by paleoclimatology and decided to work towards a PhD on past climate change at the University of Michigan. She is currently interested in cloud and precipitation processes in warm climate states, and the interactions between the hydrological cycle and mountain uplift. She is an active member of Paleoclimate Modeling Intercomparison Project (PMIP). This group conducts international paleoclimate modeling experiments to improve predictions of future climate change. She also actively collaborates with geochemists, paleontologists, and geophysicists to explore terrestrial climate, mammalian evolution, and plate tectonics.

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Clay Tabor

Assistant Professor (

Clay grew up in North Carolina and attended the UNC-Asheville where he majored in atmospheric sciences and minored in mathematics. He then earned a PhD from the University of Michigan in paleoclimate modeling. Clay is interested in improving links between geochemistry and modern climate science. He is currently performing simulations of the impact winter of Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary that famously killed off the dinosaurs, and the weather events that shaped western North America hydroclimate during the last deglaciation. Clay actively collaborates with atmospheric chemists, geochemists, and geologists.

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Sean Jones

PhD Candidate (

Due to my background in atmospheric science, I will be doing research into paleoclimatology. I look forward to using past climate model simulations to help us better understand how are climate can/will change in the future. As of now the time period I will most likely be focusing on is the Miocene Climate Optimum, one of Earth’s most recent prolonged warming events.

Former Lab Members

Paul Goddard

Former Postdoc (now at University of Indiana)

Through the use of global climate models, Paul researches past, present, and future ocean circulation, ocean temperature, and atmospheric dynamics as they relate to global and regional sea level rise and climate change. His work has contributed studies regarding both the North Atlantic, centered on North American East Coast sea level rise and large-scale ocean circulation change, and the Southern Ocean, centered on a CO2-forced freshwater feedback that leads to subsurface ocean warming above the Antarctic shelf and the potential for land ice mass loss and global sea level rise. For his postdoc, he assessed South Pacific climate variability and its impacts on the western Antarctic hydroclimate by utilizing a water isotopic-coupled model and a high-resolution ice core record from the WAIS Divide site