Dr Amanda Maycock

Dr Amanda Maycock


PhD opening: I am advertising a fully-funded PhD for entry in 2022: Decadal modulation of El Nino Southern Oscillation and its global impacts. Open to UK and international applicants. See: https://panorama-dtp.ac.uk/research/decadal-modulation-of-el-nino-southern-oscillation-and-its-global-impacts/

I am an Associate Professor in Climate Dynamics and Director of the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (ICAS) at the University of Leeds.


  • 2018 Philip Leverhulme Prize (Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2019 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researchers (European Geosciences Union)
  • 2022 STAC Outstanding Early Career Award (American Meteorological Society)

Independent Research Fellowships: 

  • CIRES Senior Scientist Visiting Fellowship, NOAA, Boulder, 2016
  • NERC Independent Research Fellow, 2015-20
  • University Academic Fellow, 2015-17
  • Junior Research Fellow, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, 2013-15
  • AXA Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2013-15

Leadership roles:

International projects:


  • Director of Institute of Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Academic Lead for Physical Climate Change Group
  • NERC PANORAMA DTP Atmosphere and Climate Theme Leader

Research interests

My research focuses on large-scale climate dynamics including processes affecting climate variability and change in the stratosphere and troposphere.

Research themes:

  • Climate dynamics
  • Large-scale circulation
  • Composition-climate coupling
  • Stratosphere-troposphere interactions
  • Radiative transfer

Research groups:

Current projects:

  • Understanding Composition-Climate Feedbacks in the Earth System (PI, 2015-20, NERC)
  • CONSTRAIN (Co-I, 2019-2023, EU H2020)
  • SMURPHS (Co-I, 2015-2019, NERC)
  • Joint iCASP and UKCP18 demonstrator project (Co-I, 2017, NERC)

Papers in review:

  • Snoll, B., R. F. Ivanovic, P. J. Valdes, A. C. Maycock, L. J. Gregoire, Effect of orographic gravity wave drag on Northern hemisphere climate in transient simulations of the last deglaciation, Climate Dynamics, revised 09/21.
  • Smith, J. W., A. C. Bushell, N. Butchart, P. H. Haynes, A. C. Maycock, The effect of convective injection of ice on stratospheric water vapor in a changing climate, GRL, submitted 12/21. 

In preparation:

  • Charnay, V., C. M. McKenna, A. C. Maycock, Uncertainty in projected sea surface temperature trends and North Pacific atmospheric circulation, in prep.
  • Chrysanthou, A., A. C. Maycock, M. P. Chipperfield, The utility of indirect measures of the lower stratospheric residual circulation, in prep.
  • Maycock, A. C., A. Drinkwater, L. J. Gregoire, A. Lacour, Anthropogenic contribution to the intense warming over Greenland in July 2012, in prep.
  • McKenna, C. M. and A. C. Maycock, The role of the North Atlantic Oscillation for European precipitation projections, in prep.
  • Perez, J. et al., Variability of the North Atlantic eddy-driven jet: a moment-based perspective, in prep.
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  • PhD, Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, University of Reading, 2012
  • MSc, Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, University of Reading, 2008
  • MPhys, Physics with Astrophysics, University of Manchester, 2006

Professional memberships

  • Member, Royal Meteorological Society
  • Member, European Geophysical Union

Student education

Current research group:


PhD students

  • Eswyn Chen (CASE with Met Office), Robust future projections for Europe, 2021- 
  • Will Dow (CASE with Met Office), Atmospheric forcing of decadal climate variability, 2018-
  • James Norman (CASE with WEMC), Developing actionable seasonal climate information for the wind and solar industry, 2017-
  • Jacob Perez (EPSRC Fluids CDT; with Met Office), Regime behaviour of Earth’s jet streams and role for recent extreme weather, 2020-
  • Paloma Trascasa (CASE with Barcelona Supercomputing Center), Modulation of El Niño Southern Oscillation and its impacts by the mean climate state, 2019-
  • Tom Wood, The response of the Southern hemisphere midlatitude circulation to forcing, 2017-

Research Assistant

  • Vincent Charnay, 2022-

MRes students

  • Auriel Franklin, The global impacts of the North Atlantic Oscillation, 2021-
  • Prashant Mahendran, Drivers of regional heat extremes in the Pacific North-West, 2021-

Academic visitors

  • Dr Andreas Chrysanthou, 2021-

Past group members

Dr Andreas Chrysanthou (PhD Leeds, 2020; PDRA Leeds, 2020-21); Marjahn Finlayson (MRes Leeds, 2020, now Cape Eleuthera Institute); Ruari Phipps (BSc Leeds, 2020, now MSc Leeds); Dr Jake Smith (PhD Cambridge, 2019, now PDRA at Uni. Cambridge); Paloma Trascasa (MRes Leeds, 2018, now PhD student Uni. Leeds); David Feitschinger (MSc Leeds, 2018, now Graduate Consultant at Arup); Ella Wingard (Summer intern, 2018, now third year Env Sci); Rohan Patel (BSc Leeds, 2018, now Graduate Consultant at CERC); Dr Scott Yiu (PhD Cambridge, 2018, now data scientist at De Beers); Dr Michelle McCrystall (PhD Cambridge, 2017, now PDRA at Uni. Manitoba); Tom Bartle (MRes Leeds, 2017, now Air Quality Consultant at MLM Group); Gibbon Masukwedza (MRes Leeds, 2016, now PhD student at Uni. Surrey); Tom Claxton (BA Cambridge, 2014, now PhD student at Lancaster Uni); Grainne McGread (BA Cambridge, 2013, now at Bank of England); Owain Rutherford (summer student Leeds, 2017, now Software Engineer at Illuminate Technologies); Alice Drinkwater (summer student Leeds, 2016, now PhD student at Edinburgh Uni); Digory Smith (BA Cambridge, 2014, now Content Development Lead at Sparx).

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Climate Science and Impacts
  • Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols

Current postgraduate researchers

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