Molly Erin Menzel

Molly Erin Menzel

Climate Scientist

Johns Hopkins University

Researcher, Instructor, Learner

Hi! My name is Molly Menzel, welcome to my personal page. I study our planet’s atmosphere by using both idealized and fully comprehensive climate models to better understand the dynamics involved. These models present valuable insight and allow us to further develop theory that describes past, present, and future climates. Currently, I am a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University working with Prof. Darryn Waugh. My latest research is focused on developing a better understanding of the relationship between the subtropical jet and Hadley Cell, and how that impacts both the tropics and the midlatitudes. In addition to research, I actively seek out opportunities to teach the dynamics of our climate to students and the general public alike.


  • Climate Dynamics
  • Atmospheric General Circulation
  • Troposphere-Stratospheric Interactions


  • PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences

    Johns Hopkins University

  • MSc in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2017

    McGill University

  • BSc in Engineering Science and Mechanics, 2014

    Virginia Tech

Talks & Posters

Joint DynVarMIP/CMIP6 and SPARC DynVar & SNAP Workshop

Conclusions from CMIP5 analysis extended to evaluate how the subtropical jet and Hadley Cell response is related to warming width. Results from a heirarchy of models are considered.

Annual JHU EPS Departmental Seminar

Most recent presentation to our interdisciplinary department highlights the broader motivation behind my current work.

AMS 22nd Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics

Major conclusions from CMIP5 analysis presented at the AOFD bi-annual conference, talk received an Outstanding Student Oral Presentation Award.

AGU Fall Meeting 2018

Preliminary results from CMIP5 analysis displayed at AGU in poster presentation.


Disconnect Between Hadley Cell and Subtropical Jet Variability and Response to Increased CO2

The subtropical jet (STJ) is thought to coexist with the edge of the Hadley cell (HC). However, recent studies reveal that the location …

Connecting Direct Effects of CO2 Radiative Forcing to Ocean Heat Uptake and Circulation

The ocean’s response to direct atmospheric effects of increased carbon dioxide’s (CO2) radiative forcing is examined. These direct …

Teaching Experience


Dean’s Teaching Fellowship

Communicating Climate Science

Sep 2020 – Present Baltimore, MD
Recipient of a competitive teaching fellowship from Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. This fellowship allows advanced PhD student to design and instruct their own course. The course I have proposed for Fall 2020 is titled ‘Communicating Climate Science.’

Guest Lecturer

Present and Future Climates

Sep 2019 – Dec 2019 Baltimore, MD
Provided 2 weeks of guest lectures to Present and Future Climates as the teaching assistant for the course.

Teaching Assistant

AS.270.378/641 | Present and Future Climates

Sep 2019 – Dec 2019 Johns Hopkins University

Completion of Teaching Institute

JHU Teaching Academy

Jun 2019 – Present Baltimore, MD

Teaching Assistant

ATOC 215 | Oceans, Weather, and Climate

Jan 2017 – Apr 2017 McGill University

Teaching Assistant

ATOC 181 | Introduction to Atmospheric Science

Sep 2016 – Dec 2016 McGill University


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