Joellen Russell

PTYS/LPL Faculty

Joellen Russell

Department Head, Geosciences, University Distinguished Professor

Ph.D., 1999, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Years with LPL: 2012 to present

Astrobiology, Earth, Planetary Atmospheres, Titan & Outer Solar System,

Geosciences, Planetary sciences, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences, Applied Math; Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science


Dr. Joellen Russell is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona and is the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science. Prof. Russell is an oceanographer and climate scientist who uses robot floats, supercomputers and satellites to observe and predict the ocean’s role in climate and the carbon cycle. Prof. Russell is the lead for the modeling theme of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM) including its Southern Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (SOMIP). She currently serves as Co-Chair of the NOAA Science Advisory Board’s Climate Working Group and on the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Community Earth System Model Advisory Board.

Before joining UA, Dr. Russell was a Research Scientist at Princeton University and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (NOAA/GFDL). She received her A.B. in Environmental Geoscience from Harvard and her PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. You can follow her on Twitter at @deepblueseanext.

Current Grants

  • Project Partner, NSF (EAR) “REU Site: From the Clouds to the Core: A Place-Based REU for Southwestern US Community/Tribal College Students to Increase Under-Represented Group Recruitment to the Geosciences”, $402,893 (website)
  • Principal Investigator, BIO5 Rapid Seed Fund, “CosmoCeuticals Gas-As-Drugs - Planetary Gases Discovery and Gas Marbles Delivery for Novel Medical Gas Therapy”; $48,886
  • Co-Principal Investigator, NSF (EAR) “Collaborative Research: The Role of Seasonality in Abrupt Climate Change – a Test by Reconstructing Fluctuations of a Late-Glacial Ice Mass in Eastern North America”; $54,822 (UA portion)
  • Project Partner, United Kingdom Research & Innovation/National Environmental Research Council (NERC/UKRI), “Improved projections of winds at the crossroads between Antarctica and the Southern Ocean; £152,847
  • Partner Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, $30M, 07/2017-6/2024
  • NSF (PLR, subaward through Princeton University) “Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling II (SOCCOM2)”; $923K (UA, ~$11M total), Co-PI; 09/2020-08/2024 (website)
  • NSF (EAR) “Collaborative Research: Timing of the Termination in Southernmost South America”; $31K (UA portion); Co-PI; 09/2020-08/2023

Student Collaborations/Advising

Former Students

  • Juan Lora, 2014 (PhD PTYS)
  • Xianyu Tan, 2018 (PhD LPL)

Based on Google Scholar and NASA ADS: NASA ADS Author Search: Joellen L. Russell

Refereed publications: Calendar Years 2017 through March 2023

Russell, J.L.: Southern Ocean heat sink hindered by melting ice, 2023: Nature, 615, 799-800, (Author's Complimentary Link)

Brewin, R.J.W., S. Sathyendranath, G. Kulk, ... J.L. Russell, ... and D.K. Woolf, 2023: Ocean carbon from space: current status and priorities for the next decade. Earth Science Reviews,

Audet, A., A.E. Putnam, J.L. Russell, A. Lorrey, A. Mackintosh, B. Anderson and G.H. Denton, 2022: Correspondence Among Mid-Latitude Glacier Snowlines, Atmospheric Temperatures, And Westerly Wind Fields, Geophysical Research Letters,

Denton, G.H., S. Toucanne, A.E. Putnam, D.J.A. Barrell and J.L. Russell, 2022: Heinrich Summers, Quaternary Science Reviews, 295, 107750,

Beadling, R.L., J.P. Krasting, S.M. Griffies, ..., J.L. Russell, ... and M. Winton, 2022: Importance of the Antarctic Slope Current on the transient response of the Southern Ocean to Antarctic ice sheet melt and projected wind stress change, J. Geophysical Research: Oceans, 127, e2021JC017608.

Stouffer, R.J., J.L. Russell, R.L. Beadling, A.J. Broccoli, J.P. Krasting, S. Malyshev and Z. Naiman, 2022: The Role of Continental Topography in the Present-Day Ocean’s Mean Climate, J. Climate, 35, 1327-1346.

Swierczek, S., M. Mazloff and J.L. Russell, 2021b: Investigating predictability of DIC and SST in the Argentine Basin through wind stress perturbation experiments, Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL095504.

Swierczek, S., M.R. Mazloff, M. Morzfeld and J.L. Russell, 2021a: The effect of resolution on vertical heat and carbon transports in a regional ocean circulation model of the Argentine Basin, J. Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126, e2021JC017235.  

Denton, G.H., A.E. Putnam, J.L. Russell, D.J.A. Barrell, J.M. Schaefer, M.R. Kaplan and P.D. Strand, 2021: The Zealandia Switch: Ice age climate shifts viewed from Southern Hemisphere moraines, Quaternary Science Reviews, 257, 106771,

Zeng, X., R. Atlas, R.J. Birk, ... J.L. Russell, ... and F. Zhang, 2021: Observing System Simulation Experiments Today and Tomorrow. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 102(2), 124-130,

Bronselaer, B., Russell, J.L., Winton, M. et al. Importance of wind and meltwater for observed chemical and physical changes in the Southern Ocean, Nat. Geosci. 13, 35–42 (2020),

Beadling, R.L., J.L. Russell, R.J. Stouffer, M. Mazloff, L.D. Talley, P.J. Goodman, J.B. Sallée, H.T. Hewitt, and P. Hyder, Representation of Southern Ocean properties across Coupled Model Intercomparison Project generations: CMIP3 to CMIP6, 2020: J. Climate,

Zeng, X., R. Atlas, R.J. Birk, F.H. Carr, M.J. Carrier, L. Cucurull, W.H. Hooke, ..., J.L. Russell, ... and F. Zhang, 2020: Use of Observing System Simulation Experiments in the U.S.. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.,

Eyring, V., L. Bock, A. Lauer, M. Righi, M. Schlund, B. Andela, E. Arnone, … J.L. Russell, … and K. Zimmermann, 2020: ESMValTool (v2.0) – Part 2: an extended set of large-scale diagnostics for quasi-operational and comprehensive evaluation of Earth system models in CMIP6, Geoscientific Model Development,

Bronselaer, B., J.L. Russell, M. Winton, N.L. Williams, R.M. Key, J.P. Dunne, R.A. Feely, K.S. Johnson and J.L. Sarmiento, 2020: Importance of wind and meltwater for observed chemical and physical changes in the Southern Ocean, Nature Geosciences, 13, 35-42.

Cohen, A., C. Campisano, J.R. Arrowsmith, A. Asrat, A.K. Behrensmeyer, A. Deino, C. Feibel, ... J.L. Russell, ... and B. Zinaye, 2019: The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project, in Postprints der Universitat Potsdam: Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Reihe.

Beadling, R.L., J.L. Russell, R.J. Stouffer, P.J. Goodman and M. Mazloff, 2019: Assessing the quality of Southern Ocean circulation in CMIP5 AOGCM and Earth System Model simulations, J. Climate, 32, 5915-5940,

Bracegirdle, T.J., F. Colleoni, N.J. Abram, N. Bertler, D.A. Dixon, M. England, V. Favier, ..., J.L. Russell, ... and I. Wainer, 2019: Back to the Future: Using Long-Term Observational and Paleo-Proxy Reconstructions to Improve Model Projections of Antarctic Climate, Geosciences, 9, 255,

Chang, C.-C., G.S. Burr, A.J.T. Jull, J.L. Russell,A. Priyadarshi, M. Lin, M. Thiemens and D. Biddulph, 2019: Measurements of 129I in the Pacific Ocean at Scripps Pier and Pacific Northwest sites: A search for effects from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident and Hanford, Science of the Total Environment , 869, 1023-1029, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.372

Eyring, V., P. Cox, G. Flato, P. Gleckler, G. Abramowitz, P. Caldwell, W. Collins, ..., J.L. Russell, ... and M. Williamson, 2019: Taking climate model evaluation to the next level, Nature Climate Change, 9, 102–110,

Huntzinger, D.N., A. Chatterjee, D.J.P. Moore, S. Ohrel, T.O. West, B. Poulter, A.P. Walker, ... and J.L. Russell, 2018: Chapter 19: Future of the North American carbon cycle. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M.A. Mayes, R.G. Najjar, S.C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 760-809,

Fennel, K., S.R. Alin, L. Barbero, W. Evans, T. Bourgeois, S.R. Cooley, J. Dunne, ..., J.L. Russell,... and Z.A. Wang, 2018: Chapter 16: Coastal ocean and continental shelves. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M.A. Mayes, R.G. Najjar, S.C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 649-688,

Bronselaer, B., M. Winton, S.M. Griffies, W.J. Hurlin, K.B. Rodgers, O.V. Sergienko, R.J. Stouffer and J.L. Russell, 2018: Change in future climate due to freshwater from Antarctic ice melt, Nature, 564, 53-58.

Beadling, R.L., J.L. Russell, R.J. Stouffer and P.J. Goodman, 2018: Evaluation of subtropical North Atlantic ocean circulation in CMIP5 models against the observational array at 26.5°N and its changes under continued warming, J. Climate, 31, 9697–9718,

Gray, A. R., Johnson, K. S., Bushinsky, S. M., Riser, S. C., Russell, J. L., Talley, L. D., Wanninkhof, R., Williams, N. L., Sarmiento, J. L. Autonomous Biogeochemical Floats Detect Significant Carbon Dioxide Outgassing in the High-Latitude Southern Ocean, 2018GeoRL..45.9049G

Khan, A.L., T.J. Bracegirdle and J.L. Russell, 2018: Can we crack the climate code of the southern polar region?, Eos, 99,

Williams, N.L., L.W. Juranek, R.A. Feely, J.L. Russell, K.S. Johnson and B. Hales, 2018: Assessment of the carbonate chemistry seasonal cycles in the Southern Ocean from persistent observational platforms, J. Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, 4833–4852.

Russell, J.L., 2018: Ocean sensors can track progress on climate goals, Nature, 555, 287.

Russell, J.L., I. Kamenkovich, C. Bitz, R. Ferrari, S.T. Gille, P.J. Goodman, R. Hallberg, ..., and R. Wanninkhof, 2018: Metrics for the Evaluation of the Southern Ocean in Coupled Climate and Earth System Models, J. Geophysical Research – Oceans, 123, 3120-3143.

Bronselaer, B., Winton, M., Russell, J., Sabine, C. L., Khatiwala, S. Agreement of CMIP5 Simulated and Observed Ocean Anthropogenic CO2 Uptake, 2017GeoRL..4412298B

Naiman, Z., P.J. Goodman, J.P. Krasting, S.L. Malyshev, J.L. Russell, R.J. Stouffer, and A.T. Wittenberg, 2017: Impact of Mountains on Tropical Circulation in Two Earth System Models. J. Climate, 30, 4149–4163,

Campisano, C.J., A.S. Cohen, J.R. Arrowsmith, A. Asrat, A.K. Behrensmeyer, E.T. Brown, A.L. Deino, ..., J.L. Russell, ... and J.G. Wynn, 2017: The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: High-Resolution Paleoclimate Records from the East African Rift System and Their Implications for Understanding the Environmental Context of Hominin Evolution, Paleoanthropology, 2017, 1-43, doi: 10.4207/PA.2017.ART104

Williams, N.L., L.W. Juranek, R.A. Feely, K.S. Johnson, J.L. Sarmiento, L.D. Talley, A.G. Dickson, ..., J.L. Russell, ... and Y. Takeshita, 2017: Calculating surface ocean pCO2 from biogeochemical Argo floats equipped with pH: an uncertainty analysis, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 31, DOI: 10.1002/2016GB005541

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