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Rene Paul Acosta
- Postdoctoral Scholar
PhD, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University
My background incorporates multiple traditional disciplines including atmospheric sciences, geology, and oceanography, with a specialization in deep-time paleoclimate modeling using CESM and tropical atmospheric dynamics. My research interest is to better understand climate systems of mountainous regions, which has led to model-data analysis of key past time periods such as the middle Miocene, early Eocene, and late Cretaceous. Ultimately, my passion lies in better understanding climate change and effectively conveying research-based knowledge and information to a variety of audiences.
As a postdoctoral scholar, my research is focused on understanding the role of cloud feedbacks during past warm climates systems. My work also includes model-proxy data analysis during the Miocene (23-5 Ma) which aims to grasp how past hydroclimate systems responded to warming events like the Middle Miocene Climatic Optimum.
Aron P. G., C. J. Poulsen, R. P. Fiorella, N. E. Levin, R. P. Acosta, B. J. Yanites, E. J. Cassel “Variability and controls on d18O, d-excess, and d17O in Southern Peruvian precipitation” JGR Atmospheres (2021). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JD034009
Acosta, R. P. & Huber, M. “Competing Topographic Mechanisms for the Summer Indo-Asian Monsoon” Geophys. Res. Lett. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085112