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Jung-Eun Lee

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences:
Geological Sciences
Phone: +1 401 863 6465

Climate dynamics from biogeochemical signatures


As an undergraduate, I studied Earth Science Education and Chemistry at Seoul National University in South Korea. I also received MA from Seoul National University. My graduate study from University of California, Berkeley focuses on the interpretation of Antarctic temperatures during the glacial time using stable isotope signatures (measured by other scientists) and a climate modeling. I worked at the University of Chicago and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory before I joined the Brown Geological Sciences Department in July, 2013.


I study the global water cycle, focusing on how the terrestrial ecosystem influences and is influenced by the physical climate system. My research tools are numerical models of different complexities, ranging from 1-dimensional simple models to more complex earth system models. I often work with researchers who make measurements to improve our understanding of the interplay among different components of the climate system. My recent works range from interpreting Antarctic temperatures around 15 Million years ago (using stable water isotopes found in plant waxes) to quantifying the degree of water stress for Amazonian trees (using chlorophyll fluorescence measured by a satellite).

I have an opening for a graduate student. If you are interested, please email me.


W. S. Cooper Award of the Ecological Society of America, 2012


American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society

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