PhD Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
Jake Seeley is an atmospheric physicist who studies the interactions between convection, clouds, radiation, and climate.
Jake received his BS in physics from Haverford College in 2012 and graduated with a PhD in Earth and planetary sciences from UC Berkeley in 2018. In graduate school, Jake worked on topics at the intersection of climate change and radiative-convective physics. With his doctoral advisor (and HUCE alumnus) David Romps, Jake investigated increases in lightning and severe thunderstorms due to global warming, the buoyant energy available to cloud updrafts, and the processes that control tropical cloud cover.
As an Environmental Fellow, Jake will work with Robin Wordsworth from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Jake and Robin will address a fundamental question about Earth's atmosphere: why does the weather-containing layer (the troposphere) end where it does? The answer to this question has implications for our current period of rapid climate change as well as the evolution of Earth's atmosphere on geologic timescales.
Robin Wordsworth, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences