Twenty-nine-year-old Sarah Larson from Madison, Alabama, is graduating with her Ph.D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Thursday, May 5 at the University of Miami graduate degree ceremony.
Larson will continue to develop her career interests as she was recently awarded two of the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships in her field—one from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the second from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Advanced Study Program.
Larson, one of only eight award recipients among over 150 applicants, has accepted the NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellowship. The overarching purpose of the program is to help create and train the next generation of leading researchers needed for climate studies. She will be hosted at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she will be studying how El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) interacts with the climate system.
Her research specializes in climate variability, specifically the dynamics and predictability of ENSO. She worked with UM’s Center for Computational Science to run coupled climate models to better understand mechanistically how ENSO events are initiated, particularly the role that coupled instabilities play in the process.
During her time at UM she coordinated the prospective student visitation weekend with the graduate program directors in the Rosenstiel School’s Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Departments.