PTYS/LPL Faculty

Joellen Russell


  • Zachary Naiman (Geosciences)


  • Juan Lora, 2014 (PTYS)
Joellen Russell
Associate Professor
Geosciences, Planetary sciences
Ph.D., 1999, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

GS  309

Years with LPL:  2012 to present


My research addresses the role of the westerly winds in the Earth's climate system. My main focus has been on the Southern Ocean, which accounts for up to half of the annual oceanic uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and for about 70% of the excess heat that is transferred from the atmosphere into the ocean each year. I use the latest global coupled climate models and the latest Earth System Models to address the critical problems in climate science (in the present, the near and longer-term future, the recent past, and the deep past). My recent work also includes: patterns of drought in the continental US; the interactions and feedbacks between orogeny and orography and regional and global climate; and the circulation of the methane atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan.

Dr. Russell's Biogeochemical Dynamics Laboratory webpage.

CV for Dr. Russell (PDF)


  • Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), "AntarcticClimate21" (with 5 other co-PIs), $120K, 7/1/2012-6/30/2018.
  • NASA - NESSF, "Modeling Titan's Atmospheric Dynamics and their Interaction with Methane" (with J. Lora), $90K, 09/01/12-08/31/14
  • NSF "Collaborative Research: Tracking Long-Term Glacial-Interglacial Wind Pattern Variability In Central Asia Using Geochemical Analysis Of Aerosol Derived Detritus" (with P. Kapp, G. Gehrels), $200K, 06/01/12-05/31/15.
  • NSF "The Southern Ocean in a Warming World: Winds, Carbon and Heat", $323K (Russell, Lead PI), 06/01/2013-05/31/16
  • NSF "FESD Type I: Earth System Dynamics and its Role in Human Evolution in Africa" (With A. Cohen - Lead PI and 3 other Co-PIs), $4.9 M, 06/01/2013-05/31/2018


NASA ADS Author Search: Joellen L. Russell


Ivory, S. J., Russell, J., Cohen, A. S. In the hot seat: Insolation, ENSO, and vegetation in the African tropics 2013JGRG..118.1347I

Lora, J. M., Russell, J. L., Lunine, J. I. Titan's Methane Cycle and the Surface Energy Budget 2013AGUFM.P53D1901L

Russell, J. L., Goodman, P. J. Impact of aerosol and cloud biases on Southern Ocean carbon and heat uptake in CMIP5 simulations 2013AGUFM.A43G0365R

Lora, J. M., Russell, J., Lunine, J. Surface energy budget from a Titan GCM with realistic radiative transfer 2013DPS....4530904L

Russell, J. L., Stouffer, R. J., Goodman, P. J., Malyshev, S. Interactions Between Antarctic Winds, Ocean And Orography In An Earth System Model 2012AGUFMPP12A..02R

Chang, C., et al. One-year Monitoring of Iodine-129 spread in Pacific Ocean After the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident 2012AGUFMOS41A1702C

Russell, J. L., Goodman, P. J., Dixon, K. W., Delworth, T. L. The Uptake and Storage of Heat by the Southern Ocean in the GFDL CM2.5 High-Resolution Coupled Climate Model 2012AGUFMGC43C1050R

Lora, J. M., Russell, J. L., Lunine, J. I. Distribution of Radiative Heating Rates in Titan's Lower Atmosphere 2012AGUFM.P21E1889L

Cayan, D., et al. 2013. "Future Climate: Projected Average." In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 101-125. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.

McAfee, S. A., Russell, J. L., Webb, R. S.Influence of bias correction on simulated landcover changes 2012GeoRL..3916702M

Blome, M.W., et al., 2012: The environmental context for the origins of modern human diversity: A synthesis of regional variability in African climate 150,000-30,000 years ago, Journal of Human Evolution, 62(5), 563-592, doi:1016/j.jhevol.2012.01.011.

McAfee, S. A., Russell, J. L., Goodman, P. J. Evaluating IPCC AR4 cool-season precipitation simulations and projections for impacts assessment over North America 2011ClDy...37.2271M

Yin, J., et al. Different Magnitudes of Projected Subsurface Ocean Warming Around Greenland and Antarctica 2011AGUFM.C22A..05Y

Lora, J. M., et al. Insolation in Titan's troposphere 2011Icar..216..116L

Kapp, P., et al., 2011: Wind erosion in the Qaidam Basin, Central Asia: Implications for tectonics, paleoclimate and the source of the Loess Plateau, GSA Today, 21(4/5), 4-10. [doi: 10.1130/GSATG99A.1]

Blight, L.K., J.L. Russell, and Coauthors, 2010: Fishing for Data in the Ross Sea. Science, 330 (6009), 1316. [DOI:10.1126/science.330.6009.1316]

Ainley, D., et al., 2010: Antarctic Penguin Response to Habitat Changes as Earth's Troposphere Reaches 2°C Above Pre-Industrial Levels. Ecological Monographs, 80(1), pp. 49-66.

Woodhouse, C. A., Russell, J. L., Cook, E. R. Two Modes of North American Drought from Instrumental and Paleoclimatic Data* 2009JCli...22.4336W

McAfee, S. A., Russell, J. L. Northern Annular Mode impact on spring climate in the western United States 2008GeoRL..3517701M

Toggweiler, J.R., and J.L. Russell, 2008: Ocean circulation in a warming climate. Nature, 451, 286-288.

de Boer, A. M., et al. Effect of global ocean temperature change on deep ocean ventilation 2007PalOc..22.2210D

Gnanadesikan, A., Russell, J. L., Zeng, F. How does ocean ventilation change under global warming? 2007OcSci...3...43G

Toggweiler, J. R., Russell, J. L., Carson, S. R. Midlatitude westerlies, atmospheric CO2, and climate change during the ice ages 2006PalOc..21.2005T

Russell, J. L., et al. The Southern Hemisphere Westerlies in a Warming World: Propping Open the Door to the Deep Ocean 2006JCli...19.6382R

Russell, J. L., Stouffer, R. J., Dixon, K. W. Intercomparison of the Southern Ocean Circulations in IPCC Coupled Model Control Simulations 2006JCli...19.4560R

Stouffer, R.J., J.L. Russell, and M.J. Spelman, 2006: Importance of Oceanic Heat Uptake in Transient Climate Change. Geophys. Res. Lett, 33, L17704, doi:10.1029/2006GL027242.

Gnanadesikan, A., et al. GFDL's CM2 Global Coupled Climate Models. Part II: The Baseline Ocean Simulation 2006JCli...19..675G

Delworth, T. L., et al. GFDL's CM2 Global Coupled Climate Models. Part I: Formulation and Simulation Characteristics 2006JCli...19..643D

Griffies, S. M., et al. Formulation of an ocean model for global climate simulations 2005OcSci...1...45G

Russell, J. L., Wallace, J. M. Annual carbon dioxide drawdown and the Northern Annular Mode 2004GBioC..18.1012R

Russell, J. L., Dickson, A. G. Variability in oxygen and nutrients in South Pacific Antarctic Intermediate Water 2003GBioC..17b...2R