Dr Amanda Maycock

Dr Amanda Maycock

Profile

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

Prizes: 

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

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:

Responsibilities

  • 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:

  • Huang, J., P. Hitchcock, A. C. Maycock, C. M. McKenna, W. Tian, Risk of Severe Cold Air Outbreaks Substantially Higher during Weak Polar Vortex Conditions, Communications Earth and Environment, in revision.
  • C. M. McKenna and A. C. Maycock, Multi-Model Large Ensemble Projections of the North Atlantic Oscillation during the 21st Century, Geophys. Res. Lett., under review.

In preparation:

  • Maycock, A. C., A. Drinkwater, L. J. Gregoire, A. Lacour, Anthropogenic contribution to the intense warming over Greenland in July 2012, in prep.
  • Snoll, B. et al., Effect of orographic gravity wave drag on the North Atlantic climate in transient simulations of the last deglaciation, to be submitted to Climate Dynamics.
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Qualifications

  • 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:

Postdocs

PhD students

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

MRes students

  • Sachin Jugjeewon, Regional climate impacts of tropical widening, Leeds (2020-)

Undergraduate students

  • Ella Wingard
  • Percy Lau

Past group members

Dr Andreas Chrysanthou (PhD Leeds, 2020; now PDRA Leeds); 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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