Tiffany ShawAssociate Professor

Research Focus:
Atmospheric dynamics; climate
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  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Courant Institute, NYU & Columbia University
  • PhD, Physics, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Earth’s atmospheric circulation and its energy transport are essential for Earth’s habitability — past, present and future. Some of the most dramatic examples of the circulation’s influence include the abrupt seasonal increase of precipitation and reversal of trade winds that occur as part of the Monsoons and the seasonal migration of the storm track (region where weather systems occur most frequently) 10 degrees poleward. My research explores the physics of the atmospheric circulation from the equator to the pole and the surface to the stratosphere. I seek to improve understanding of the circulation through a combination of theory, hierarchical numerical modeling and observational data analysis.

Selected Publications

  • Shaw, T. A. and R. J. Graham, 2020: Hydrological cycle changes explain weak Snowball Earth storm track despite increased surface baroclinicity, Geophys. Res. Lett., 10.1029/2020GL089866

  • Miyawaki, O., Z. Tan, T. A. Shaw and M. F. Jansen, 2020: Quantifying Key Mechanisms That Contribute to the Deviation of the Tropical Warming Profile From a Moist Adiabat, Geophys. Res. Lett., 10.1029/2020GL089136.

  • Tan, Z. and T. A. Shaw, 2020: Quantifying the impact of wind and surface humidity induced surface heat exchange on the circulation shift in response to increased CO2, Geophys. Res. Lett., 10.1029/2020GL088053.

  • Barpanda, P. and T. A. Shaw, 2020: Surface fluxes modulate the seasonality of zonal-mean storm tracks, J. Atmos. Sci., 10.1175/JAS-D-19-0139.1.

A full list of publications can be found here


  • 2017 American Geophysical Union James B. Macelwane Medal
  • 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (Physics)
  • 2013 NSF CAREER award
  • 2012 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering
  • 2011 American Geophysical Union James R. Holton Award