Morgan O'NeillT.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Focus:
Hurricane Dynamics; Extreme Weather and Climate; Planetary Climates
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BS Physics, University of New Hampshire 2009

PhD Atmospheric Science, MIT 2015

Research Interests

I am an atmospheric scientist interested in the feedbacks between extreme weather events and climate. The connections between multiscale severe events (including tornadoes, hurricanes, midlatitude snow storms) and the climate in which they occur is of importance to meteorologists, climate scientists and planetary scientists. In a changing climate, it is critical to accurately predict how the extremes to which we are accustomed will change in the future. The past and present climates of Earth, as well as those of other planets in our solar system, serve as physical laboratories in which we can observe a range of extreme phenomena. My work focuses on separating the physics that are fundamental to extreme events from the conditions imposed by a variety of climates.

Selected Publications

O'Neill, M.E, D. Perez-Betancourt, A. A. Wing. Accessible environments for diurnal-period gravity waves in simulated tropical cyclones. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 74:2489-2502, 2017.

O'Neill, M.E, Y. Kaspi, L.N. Fletcher, Galileo probe interpretation indicating a neutrally stable layer in the Jovian troposphere. Geophysical Research Letters, 2017. 

O'Neill, M.E, K.A. Emanuel, G.R. Flierl. Polar vortex formation in giant-planet atmospheres due to moist convection. Nature Geoscience 8:523-526, 2015.