The Climate and Extreme Event Risk Group @ UCI develops knowledge critical for the adaptation challenges presented by Earth’s changing climate.

Jane Baldwin

Jane Baldwin

Assistant Professor of Earth System Science

University of California, Irvine


Dr. Baldwin is broadly interested in how large-scale atmospheric dynamics influence regional climate and climatic extremes, with an eye to climate change and policy applications.

Dr. Baldwin is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine. She was previously a Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University developing models of tropical cyclone risk. She completed her PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University, collaborating with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Her dissertation used Global Climate Models to examine the influence of mountains on deserts, monsoons, and tropical cyclones. She also researched temporal structure and risk of heat waves through a PEI-STEP fellowship in joint with the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (formerly Woodrow Wilson School). She was introduced to climate dynamics research through her senior thesis while an undergraduate studying Earth and Planetary Science at Harvard University.


  • Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics
  • Extreme Event Risk
  • Climate Modeling
  • Climate Impacts
  • Environmental Health
  • Catastrophe Modeling


  • PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2018

    Princeton University

  • BA in Earth and Planetary Sciences (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 2012

    Harvard University


Heat Waves

Heat Waves

How is the risk of heat stress changing with global warming?

Mountains and Climate

Mountains and Climate

How do mountains influence rainfall across the Earth?

Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclones

What controls the risk of tropical cyclones, and what are their impacts across populations?

Group Members



Dervla Meegan Kumar

Postdoctoral Research Associate

climate model biases, paleoclimate


Haley Staudmyer

Graduate Research Assistant

heat waves, environmental health, environmental justice


Jared Sexton

Graduate Research Assistant

precipitation biases, snowpack projections, human impacts on climate, climate impacts on humans


Samantha Frucht

Graduate Research Assistant

tropical cyclones, heat waves, compound extremes, climate modeling


Savannah Ferretti

Graduate Research Assistant Co-Advised with Mike Pritchard

Climate modeling, Atmospheric/climate dynamics, Extreme weather



Katy Wilson

Masters Research Assistant

climate risk management, corporate risk management and ESG, climate resilience and adaptation


Sophia Lacambra

Senior Thesis Student

Mental health impacts of tropical cyclones



Kaguya Baldwin Wengrowski


Mice, Zoomies, Birds, Bugs

Recent Publications

Interested in joining The Climate and Extreme Event Risk Group at UCI?

Our group is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for research and education. We welcome applicants of any career stage interested in utilizing climatic models and observations to understand dynamics of the climate system, better quantify extreme event risks, and address the critical challenges posed by earth’s changing climate.

Prospective postdocs: If interested in other postdoc opportunities with our group, please email a CV and brief description of interests and background to Dr. Baldwin ( She can also help you apply for competitive UC and national fellowships, including but not limited to the NOAA Climate and Global Change fellowship, the L’Oreal USA for Women in Science fellowship, the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and the various NSF postdoctoral fellowships.

Prospective graduate students: For Fall 2022 admission to the UCI Department of Earth System Science graduate program, applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, and admission offers will be made on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1 for the best chance of admission. The final deadline for applications is March 15. Complete information about the application process can be found here. Prospective students interested in working with Dr. Baldwin are encouraged to contact her via email ( prior to the admissions deadline and send a resume/CV, including GPA, and a brief statement describing research interests and background. Prospective graduate students are also strongly encouraged to apply for graduate fellowships, and relevant ones often include the NSF GRFP, NDSEG, EPA STAR, NASA FINESST, and DOE CGSF.

Prospective undergraduate students: Undergraduate students interested in assisting and leading research related to climate dynamics and impacts are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Baldwin ( Please include a few sentences to one paragraph about your research interests in your email.