Dr Amanda Maycock

Dr Amanda Maycock


I am a NERC Independent Research Fellow and Associate Professor in Climate Dynamics in 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 Visiting Fellowship, NOAA, Boulder, 2016
  • NERC Independent Research Fellow, 2015-
  • University Academic Fellow, 2015-
  • Junior Research Fellow, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, 2013-15
  • AXA Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2013-15

Leadership roles:

International projects:


  • School of Earth and Environment Atmosphere Representative for NERC DTP
  • Academic Lead for Physical Climate Change Group

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)

In review:

  • Bader, J., J. Jungclaus, N. Krivova, S. Lorenz, A. C. Maycock, T. Raddatz, H. Schmidt, M. Toohey, M. Claussen, Global temperature modes shed light on the Holocene temperature conundrum, Nature Communications, revised 01/20.
  • Chrysanthou, A., A. C. Maycock, M. P. Chipperfield, Decomposing the response of the Brewer Dobson circulation to an abrupt quadrupling in CO2, Weather and Climate Dynamics, submitted 01/20.
  • Maycock, A. C., C. J. Smith, A. Rap, O. Rutherford, On the structure of instantaneous radiative forcing kernels for greenhouse gases, J. Atmos. Sci., in revision.
  • Maycock, A. C., G. I. T. Masukwedza, P. Hitchcock, I. R. Simpson, A regime perspective on the North Atlantic eddy-driven jet response to sudden stratospheric warmings, J. Climate, in revision.
  • McCrystall, M. R., J. S. Hosking, I. P. White, A. C. Maycock, The impact of changes in tropical sea surface temperatures over 1979-2012 on Northern hemisphere high latitude climate, J. Climate, revised 11/19.
  • Staten, P. W., K. M. Grise, S. M. Davis, K. B. Karnauskas, D. W. Waugh, A. C. Maycock, Q. Fu, K. Cook, O. Adam, I. R. Simpson, R. J. Allen, K. Rosenlof, G. Chen, C. C. Ummenhofer, X.-W. Quan, J. P. Kossin, N. A. Davis, and S.-W. Son, 2019: Tropical Widening: From global variations to regional impacts.  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., in revision.
  • Steiner, A. K., F. Ladstädter, W. J. Randel, A. C. Maycock, C. Claud, Q. Fu, H. Gleisner, L. Haimberger, S.-P. Ho, P. Keckhut, T. Leblanc, C. Mears, L. Polvani , B. Santer, T. Schmidt, V. Sofieva, R. Wing, C.-Z. Zou, Observed temperature changes in the troposphere and stratosphere over 1979 to 2018, J. Climate, submitted 12/19.
  • Wood, T., A. C. Maycock, P. M. Forster, T. B. Richardson, T. Andrews, O. Boucher, D. Fläschner, G. Myhre, B. H. Samset, A. Kirkevåg, J.-F. Lamarque, J. Mülmenstädt, D. Olivié, T. Takemura, D. Watson-Parris, The Southern hemisphere midlatitude circulation response to rapid adjustments and feedbacks, J. Climate, submitted 12/19.
  • Zhao, X., R. Allen, T. Wood and A. C. Maycock, Tropical belt width proportionately more sensitive to aerosols than greenhouse gases, GRL, submitted 11/19.

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

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

Student education

Current research group:


  • Dr Christine McKenna (CONSTRAIN project), 2019-

PhD students

  • Andreas Chrysanthou, How will climate change affect the stratospheric circulation?, Leeds, (2016-)
  • James Norman (CASE with WEMC), Developing actionable seasonal climate information for the wind and solar industry, Leeds, (2017-)
  • 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-)
  • Will Dow (CASE with Met Office), Atmospheric forcing of decadal climate variability, Leeds, (2018-)

MRes students

  • Marjahn Finlayson, Projected changes in tropical cyclone impacts in the Bahamas, (2019-)

Past group members

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 Exeter Uni); Tom Bartle (MRes Leeds, 2017, now at Met Office); 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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