Jim Benedict

Asst. Scientist, MAS

(970) 232-6334
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My research has largely centered on understanding convection systems in the tropical atmosphere, from the scale of individual cumulus clouds to continent-sized circulation patterns with which those small clouds can be associated.  My career journey has taken me to Pennsylvania State University (B.S., meteorology — North Atlantic oscillation), Colorado State University (M.S. and Ph.D., atmospheric science — Madden-Julian oscillation), and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (postdoc study in climate modeling).  I’m currently part of an exciting collaborative project between the Clement research group and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.  The science aim of the project is to use simplified climate models called “aquaplanets” to understand and predict changes to the global circulation, the hydrological cycle, and tropical convection in current and future climate states.

You won’t find my office on the RSMAS campus.  My wife, daughter, and I live in northern Colorado where I am a visiting scientist at NCAR in the dry, thin-air (6,100 ft) environment.  I enjoy playing outside and visiting the countless number of microbreweries that Colorado has to offer.