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

Prof. Shaw’s research focuses on the physics of the atmosphere and climate system past, present and future. She seeks to understand the underlying mechanisms controlling the response to climate changes so that we can have greater confidence in future projections. Her approach combines theory (primarily conservation laws), numerical modeling across a hierarchy of complexity and observational data analysis. Using this approach Prof. Shaw has shown moist thermodynamics can explain why climate zones shift latitudinally in response to anthropogenic emissions and surface albedo changes can explain why the atmospheric circulation weakens in response to Arctic sea ice loss.

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