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. I am a recent doctoral graduate from Johns Hopkins University and started a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in the fall of 2022. My latest research is focused on developing a better understanding of the relationship between the upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric circulation features, and how that impacts both the tropics, the midlatitudes, as well as stratospheric transport. In addition to research, I actively seek out opportunities to teach the dynamics of our climate to students and the general public alike.
PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2022
Johns Hopkins University
MSc in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2017
BSc in Engineering Science and Mechanics, 2014
What are the necessary processes to decouple the subtropical jet from the Hadley Cell?
Is the subtropical jet actually coupled to the Hadley Cell?
How does tropical tropospheric circulation impact the lower stratosphere and vice versa?
Analysis of upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric circulation features' response to a broad range of instantaneous CO2 forcing.
Possible relations between upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric circulation changes to CO2 explored and presented.
New results from idealized model simulations presented to shed light on the dynamical relationship between the Hadley Cell and subtropical jet.
Successful defense of submitted doctoral thesis. Passcode to view recording is UHj05S!S
Invited to share current research with the University of Exeter’s Center for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.