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Dr. Natalie Mahowald


Natalie Mahowald

2140 Snee Hall



Climate change, atmospheric biogeochemistry, modeling


BS (Engineering Physics and A. B. German), Washington University, 1988
MS (Natural Resource Policy), University of Michigan, 1993
Ph D (Atmospheric Science & Meteorology), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996


Professor Mahowald has undergraduate degrees in German and Physics from Washington University, a Master's degree in Natural Resource Policy from University of Michigan and a PhD from MIT in meteorology. She conducted her postdoc at Stockholm University in Sweden, before returning to a faculty position at UCSB. She then moved to NCAR, before becoming a faculty member at Cornell in 2007.


My research group is focused on understanding global and regional scale atmospheric transport of biogeochemically important species such as desert dust. We are interested in how humans are perturbing the natural environment, especially through biogeochemical feedbacks. We look at these issues through a combination of 3-dimensional global transport and climate models, as well as analysis of satellite and in situ data.

Instruction Focus

Climate change, atmospheric biogeochemistry, modeling

Selected Publications