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Christopher Skinner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Sciences
Environmental Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS), Climate Change Initiative (CCI)
Olney Hall - 301B


Climate Change, Weather Extremes, Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions, Climate Modeling

Research Interests

I am interested in the intersection of climate change and climate impacts. In my research I use process-based numerical models (i.e. climate models) to study how perturbations to the earth system influence weather and climate events. The insights from this work can be used to better understand the role of climate and weather in shaping societies and ecosystems in the past, and to prepare for climate-related impacts in the future.


  • Ph.D.: Environmental Earth System Science, (2014), Stanford University
  • BS: Atmospheric Science, (2008), Cornell University

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Department Teaching Excellence Award EEAS (2022)
  • Turner Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014) - University of Michigan
  • Graduate Student Award for Scholarly and Research Achievement (2013) - Stanford University
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award (2011) - Stanford University

Selected Publications

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Observed and modeled interactions between droughts and heat waves for the Northeast US (2020), Grant - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Barlow, M. (Principal), Skinner, C.B. (Co-Principal)
  • Collaborative Research -- Elucidating the drivers and consequences of changes in atmospheric rivers from the last glacial maximum to the present day (2019), Grant - National Science Foundation Skinner, C.B. (Principal)