Curriculum Vitae

Last updated 2021-10-17 (PDF).

Education

Princeton University

Princeton University, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Ph.D. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, September 2019

M.A. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, September 2016

Advisor: Yi Ming

Cornell University

Cornell University, College of Engineering

B.S. Engineering Physics, magna cum laude, Honors in Research, May 2014

Honors Thesis Advisor: Natalie Mahowald

Research Experience

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Climate Modeling Team, Princeton, NJ

Research Engineer, September 2021 - Present

Vulcan Inc., Climate Modeling Team, Princeton, NJ

Software Engineer for Climate Model Development, August 2019 - August 2021

Princeton University, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton, NJ

Research Assistant, May 2015 - August 2019

Cornell University, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ithaca, NY

Research Assistant, Jan. 2011 - Mar. 2017

Teaching Experience

Cornell University, Department of Applied and Engineering Physics, Ithaca, NY

Grader, Mathematical Physics II (AEP 4220), Spring 2014

Princeton University, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton, NJ

Assistant in Instruction, Modeling the Earth System: Assessing Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change (ENV367), Fall 2017

Publications

Submitted

Bretherton, C. S., Henn, B., Kwa, A., Brenowitz, N. D., Watt-Meyer, O., McGibbon, J., Perkins, W. A., Clark, S. K., Harris, L. M. Correcting coarse-grid weather and climate models by machine learning from global storm resolving simulations. Submitted to Journal of Advances in Modeling the Earth System. https://www.essoar.org/doi/abs/10.1002/essoar.10507879.1

In press

Xiang, B., Harris, L., Delworth, T. L., Wang, B., Chen, G., Chen, J-H., Clark, S. K., Cooke, W. F., Gao, K., Huff, J. J., Jia, L., Johnson, N., Kapnick, S. B., Lu, F., Sun, Y., Tong, M., Yang, X., Zeng, F., Zhao, M., Zhou, L., and Zhou, X.. The GFDL SPEAR S2S Prediction System and Its Prediction of Different Types of MJO. Accepted to Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-21-0124.1

Refereed

McGibbon, J., Brenowitz, N. D., Cheeseman, M., Clark, S. K., Dahm, J., Davis, E., Elbert, O. D., George, R. C., Harris, L. M., Henn, B., Kwa, A., Perkins, W. A., Watt-Meyer, O., Wicky, T., Bretherton, C. S., and Fuhrer, O. (2021). fv3gfs-wrapper: a Python wrapper of the FV3GFS atmospheric model. Geoscientific Model Development, 14, 4401–4409. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-4401-2021

Watt-Meyer, O., Brenowitz, N. D., Clark, S. K., Henn, B., Kwa, A., McGibbon, J., Perkins, W. A., and Bretherton, C. S. (2021). Correcting weather and climate models by machine learning nudged historical simulations. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(15), e2021GL092555. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL092555

Harris, L., Zhou, L., Lin, S.-J., Chen, J.-H., Chen, X., Gao, K., Morin, M., Rees, S., Sun, Y., Tong, M., Xiang, B., Bender, M., Benson, R., Cheng, K.-Y., Clark, S., Elbert, O. D., Hazelton, A., Huff, J. J., Kaltenbaugh, A., … Stern, W. (2020). GFDL SHiELD: A Unified System for Weather-to-Seasonal Prediction. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12(10), e2020MS002223. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020MS002223

Narinesingh, V., Booth, J. F., Clark, S. K., Ming, Y. (2020). Atmospheric blocking in an aquaplanet and the impact of orography. Weather and Climate Dynamics, 1(2), 293-311. https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-2020-2

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y. Adames, Á. F. (2020). Monsoon low pressure system like variability in an idealized moist model. Journal of Climate, 33(6), 2051-2074. https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0289.1

Adames, Á. F., Kim, D., Clark, S. K., Ming, Y., Inoue, K. (2019). Scale analysis of moist thermodynamics in a simple model and the relationship between moisture modes and gravity waves. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 79, 3863-3881. https://doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-19-0121.1

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y., Held, I. M., Phillipps, P. J. (2018). The Role of the Water Vapor Feedback in the ITCZ Response to Hemispherically Asymmetric Forcings. Journal of Climate, 31(9), 3659–3678. https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0723.1

Clark, S. K., Ward, D. S., & Mahowald, N. M. (2017). Parameterization-based uncertainty in future lightning flash density. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(6), 2017GL073017. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL073017

Clark, S. K., Ward, D. S., & Mahowald, N. M. (2015). The sensitivity of global climate to the episodicity of fire aerosol emissions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120(22), 2015JD024068. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015JD024068

Ph.D. Thesis

Clark, S. K. (2019). Controls on tropical mean state and intraseasonal precipitation variability in an idealized moist atmospheric model. Ph.D. Thesis. Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University.

Selected Awards

Software

Core developer of xarray, a Python library providing N-dimensional labeled array data structures

Core developer of nc-time-axis, A Python library providing the ability to plot cftime datetimes in matplotlib

Contributor to cftime, a Python library providing datetime instances for non-standard calendars

Contributor to dask-jobqueue and gcsfs. Author of faceted, xdiff, and xpartition. See more details on my GitHub profile.

Professional Experiences

Contributor, Pangeo-data, November 2016 - Present

Organizer, Princeton AOS Workshop, 2016

Participant, Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project Workshop, June 2016

Service

Assistant Mentor to NOAA Hollings Scholar Bridgette Befort (2017).

Reviewing

Peer-reviewed manuscripts for Nature, Nature Climate Change, Journal of Geophysical Research — Atmospheres, Journal of Climate, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, and GFDL internal manuscript review.

Presentations

Clark, S. K., Brenowitz, N., Henn, B. M., Kwa, A., McGibbon, J., Perkins, W. A., Watt-Meyer, O., Harris, L., Bretherton, C.S. "Applying machine learning parameterization through coarse graining to improve the skill in simulating multiple climates in a full complexity GCM." NOAA Artificial Intelligence Workshop, September 2021. Virtual Oral Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Brenowitz, N., Bretherton, C. S., Henn, B. M., Kwa, A., McGibbon, J., Perkins, W. A., Watt-Meyer, O., Chen, X., Harris, L., Zhou, L. "Using nudging to investigate biases in a global 3 km resolution simulation with GFDL's X-SHiELD model." AGU Fall Meeting 2020, December 2020. Virtual Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Brenowitz, N., Henn, B. M., Kwa, A., McGibbon, J., Perkins, W. A., Watt-Meyer, O., Harris, L., Bretherton, C.S. "Challenges associated with training a machine-learning based moist physics parameterization by coarse-graining in a model with topography." NOAA Artificial Intelligence Workshop, December 2020. Virtual Oral Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y., and Adames, A. F. "An idealized framework for simulating monsoon low pressure systems and their potential sensitivity to the mean state." AGU Fall Meeting 2018, Washington D.C., December 2018. Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y. "Investigating synoptic-scale monsoonal disturbances in an idealized moist model." AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans, LA, December 2017. Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y., and Held, I. M. “The role of water vapor in the ITCZ response to hemispherically asymmetric forcings.” AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2016. Poster Presentation.

Hill, S. A., Clark, S. K. “The other ’aospy’: automated climate data analysis and management.” AOSPy Workshop at Columbia University, New York, NY, November 2016. Oral Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y., and Held, I. M. “The role of water vapor in the ITCZ response to hemispherically asymmetric forcings.” WCRP Model Hierarchies Workshop, Princeton, NJ, November 2016. Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y., and Held, I. M. “The role of water vapor in the ITCZ response to hemispherically asymmetric forcings.” Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project, Boulder, CO, June 2016. Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y., and Held, I. M. “Climate Impacts of Inter-hemispherically Asymmetric Radiative Forcing.” AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2015. Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ming, Y., and Held, I. M. “Climate Impacts of Inter-hemispherically Asymmetric Radiative Forcing.” Gordon Research Conference, Lewiston, ME, July 2015. Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ward, D. S., and Mahowald, N. M. “The implementation and evaluation of five lightning parameterizations in a global climate model.” Cornell Applied and Engineering Physics Honors Thesis Presentation, Ithaca, NY, May 2014.

Clark, S. K., Ward, D. S., and Mahowald, N. M. “The sensitivity of global climate to the episodicity of fire aerosol emissions.” SESSA Spring Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY, May 2013. Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ward, D. S., and Mahowald, N. M. “Climate Model Responses to Increased Episodicity in Prescribed Fire Aerosol Emissions.” CESM Workshop, Breckenridge, CO, June 2012. Poster Presentation.

Clark, S. K., Ward, D. S., and Mahowald, N. M. “Climate Model Responses to Increased Episodicity in Prescribed Fire Aerosol Emissions.” SESSA Spring Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY, May 2012. Poster Presentation.

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