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

Jane W. Baldwin

Jane W. Baldwin

Assistant Professor of Earth System Science, Starting July 2021

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.

She is currently a Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University studying tropical cyclone risk with Prof. Suzana Camargo and Prof. Adam Sobel. She completed her PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University, collaborating with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Her dissertation, advised by Prof. Gabriel Vecchi, 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 with Prof. Michael Oppenheimer 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 advised by Prof. Peter Huybers while an undergraduate studying Earth and Planetary Science at Harvard University.

In summer 2021, Dr. Baldwin will begin an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine.


  • 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

Research Foci

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



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 Baldwin Group at UCI?

The Baldwin 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 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. Note that Dr. Baldwin will begin formally advising students at UCI in summer-fall 2021.

Prospective graduate students: For Fall 2021 admission to the UCI Department of Earth System Science graduate program, applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2020, 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 postdocs: Please email a CV and brief statement of interests and background to Dr. Baldwin ( I 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.