PTYS/LPL Faculty

Joellen Russell

Planetary Atmospheres, Titan & Outer Solar System, Planetary atmospheres, Titan & outer solar system, Geosciences, Planetary sciences
Ph.D., 1999, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Gould-Simpson 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.

Current Grants

  • 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
  • Amazon Web Service Climate Grant Award, $15K and 4M core-hours, (Russell, Lead PI), 09/30/2014-03/30/2016
  • NSF "Southern Ocean Carbob and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM)", $2.4 M (sub-award from Princeton, total grant =$21 M), (Russell, Co-I), 09/01/2014-08/31/2020

Former Students

  • Juan Lora, 2014 (Ph.D. PTYS)


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author Search: Joellen L. Russell

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Years 2016 through 2017

Naiman, Z., Goodman, P. J., Krasting, J. P., Malyshev, S. L., Russell, J. L., Stouffer, R. J., Wittenberg, A. T. V Impact of Mountains on Tropical Circulation in Two Earth System Models 2017JCli...30.4149N

Williams, N. L., Juranek, L. W., Feely, R. A., Johnson, K. S., Sarmiento, J. L., Talley, L. D., Dickson, A. G., Gray, A. R., Wanninkhof, R., Russell, J. L., Riser, S. C., Takeshita, Y. V Calculating surface ocean pCO2 from biogeochemical Argo floats equipped with pH: An uncertainty analysis 2017GBioC..31..591W

Williams, N. L., Juranek, L. W., Johnson, K. S., Feely, R. A., Riser, S. C., Talley, L. D., Russell, J. L., Sarmiento, J. L., Wanninkhof, R. V Empirical algorithms to estimate water column pH in the Southern Ocean 2016GeoRL..43.3415W

Cohen, A., Campisano, C., Arrowsmith, R., Asrat, A., Behrensmeyer, A. K., Deino, A., Feibel, C., Hill, A., Johnson, R., Kingston, J., Lamb, H., Lowenstein, T., Noren, A., Olago, D., Owen, R. B., Potts, R., Reed, K., Renaut, R., Schäbitz, F., Tiercelin, J.-J., Trauth, M. H., Wynn, J., Ivory, S., Brady, K., O'Grady, R., Rodysill, J., Githiri, J., Russell, J., Foerster, V., Dommain, R., Rucina, S., Deocampo, D., Russell, J., Billingsley, A., Beck, C., Dorenbeck, G., Dullo, L., Feary, D., Garello, D., Gromig, R., Johnson, T., Junginger, A., Karanja, M., Kimburi, E., Mbuthia, A., McCartney, T., McNulty, E., Muiruri, V., Nambiro, E., Negash, E. W., Njagi, D., Wilson, J. N., Rabideaux, N., Raub, T., Sier, M. J., Smith, P., Urban, J., Warren, M., Yadeta, M., Yost, C., Zinaye, B. V The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: inferring the environmental context of human evolution from eastern African rift lake deposits 2016SciDr..21....1C

Bracegirdle, T. J., Bertler, N. A. N., Carleton, A. M., Ding, Q., Fogwill, C. J., Fyfe, J. C., Hellmer, H. H., Karpechko, A. Y., Kusahara, K., Larour, E., Mayewski, P. A., Meier, W. N., Polvani, L. M., Russell, J. L., Stevenson, S. L., Turner, J., van Wessem, J. M., van de Berg, W. J., Wainer, I. V A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Climate Model Evaluation For Antarctica 2016BAMS...97S..23B

Bartoldus, R., Claus, R., Garelli, N., Herbst, R. T., Huffer, M., Iakovidis, G., Iordanidou, K., Kwan, K., Kocian, M., Lankford, A. J., Moschovakos, P., Nelson, A., Ntekas, K., Ruckman, L., Russell, J., Schernau, M., Schlenker, S., Su, D., Valderanis, C., Wittgen, M., Yildiz, S. C. V A new ATLAS muon CSC readout system with system on chip technology on ATCA platform 2016JInst..11C1059B

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