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Office: Mitchell Hall 214

Ph.D., Earth Science, Ohio State University, 2018

B.S., Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics, UNC Chapel Hill, 2013


About me

I am a postdoc in the Global Hydrology Lab working with Tamlin Pavelsky. My research interests include snow hydrology and regional climate modeling. For my PhD, I produced a new climatological estimate of North American mountain snow accumulation using Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model simulations. For my postdoc research, I will use WRF to predict end-of-century changes to precipitation and snowpack for California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Our future predictions will be used to estimate the effects of climate change on California’s agriculture and energy generation.

Research Articles

Wrzesien, M.L., M.T. Durand, T.M. Pavelsky, S. B. Kapnick, Y. Zhang, J. Guo, and C. K. Shum. 2018. A new estimate of North American mountain snow accumulation from regional climate model simulations. Geophysical Research Letters, 45. doi: 10.1002/2017GL076664.

Li, D., M.L. Wrzesien, M. Durand, J. Adam, D.P. Lettenmaier. 2017. How much runoff originates as snow in the western United States and how will that change in the future? Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 6163-6172. doi: 10.1002/2017GL073551.

Wrzesien, M.L., M.T. Durand, T.M. Pavelsky, I.M. Howat, S.A. Margulis, and L.S. Huning. 2017. Comparison of Methods to Estimate Snow Water Equivalent at the Mountain Range Scale: A Case Study of the California Sierra Nevada. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18: 1101-1119. doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-16-0246.1

Wrzesien, M.L., T.M. Pavelsky, S.B. Kapnick, M.T. Durand, and T.H. Painter. 2015. Evaluation of Snow Cover Fraction for Regional Climate Simulations in the Sierra Nevada. International Journal of Climatology, 35: 2472-2484. doi: 10.1002/joc.4136

Wise, E.K., M.L. Wrzesien, M.P. Dannenberg, and D.L. McGinnis. 2015. Cool-Season Precipitation Patterns Associated with Teleconnection Interactions in the United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54(2): 494-505. doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0040.1