Dylan GaetaGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Atmospheric Science, Climate Dynamics
Hinds 491


I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2016 with bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics, and then came to the University of Chicago later that year to start my Ph.D. work with Dr. Liz Moyer. 

Research Interests

I'm interested in the various forcings and feedbacks that govern the climate system. My work focuses on the role of water vapor in particular. As the major condensible species in our atmosphere, water vapor has a vital role in regulating Earth's hydrologic cycle and radiative energy balance. In order to better understand the behavior of atmospheric water in a changing climate system, my research focuses on the convective processes that control the distribution of water vapor in the atmosphere and on the mechanisms of high altitude cirrus cloud formation (particularly near the tropical tropopause). The isotopic composition of water vapor is an extremely useful tracer of both these processes, and so my work involves the development and utilization of a novel spectroscopic instrument for taking rapid in-situ measurements of water vapor isotopologues (HDO and H218O) in the tropical upper troposphere/lower stratosphere. 

Courses TAed

  • PHSC 13600 Natural Hazards