Dr Amanda Maycock

Dr Amanda Maycock


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)

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:

  • Dow, W. J., A. C. Maycock, M. Lofverstrom, C. J. Smith, The effect of anthropogenic aerosols on the Aleutian Low, J. Climate, in revision.
  • Maycock, A. C., C. J. Smith, A. Rap, O. Rutherford, On the structure of instantaneous radiative forcing kernels for greenhouse gases, J. Atmos. Sci., revised 09/20.
  • McKenna C. M., A. C. Maycock, P. M. Forster, C. J. Smith, K. B. Tokarska, Stringent mitigation substantially reduces risk of unprecendented near-term warming rates, Nature Climate Change, revised 08/20.
  • Smith, J. W., P. H. Haynes, A. C. Maycock, N. Butchart, A. Bushell, Sensitivity of stratospheric water vapour to variability in tropical tropopause temperatures and large-scale transport, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Diss., https://acp.copernicus.org/preprints/acp-2020-934, in review.
  • Wood, T., C. M. McKenna, A. Chrysanthou, A. C. Maycock, Role of sea surface temperature patterns for the Southern hemisphere jet stream response to CO2 forcing, Env. Res. Lett., in 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.
  • Trascasa, P., T. B. Richardson, P. M. Forster, G. Myhre, A. C. Maycock, Response of hydrologic extremes to COand black carbon over Africa: A multi-model study, 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

  • Andreas Chrysanthou, Modelling the stratospheric residual circulation under historical and future climates, Leeds, (2016-)
  • 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 midlatitude circulation response to forcing, Leeds, (2017-)

Past group members

Marjahn Finlayson (MRes Leeds, 2020); 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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