EPS Faculty
EPS Faculty
Nicole A Feldl
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Earth & Planetary Sciences Department
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  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Earth & Marine Sciences, A247
  • Mail Stop Earth and Planetary Sciences

Summary of Expertise

Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Dynamics

Biography, Education and Training

Nicole Feldl is a climate scientist and professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research investigates a broad range of topics within atmospheric and climate dynamics, including climate feedbacks and sensitivity, large-scale atmosphere and ocean circulations, and polar amplification of climate change. Through a combination of hierarchical numerical modeling, theory, and observational data analysis, she seeks to expose the physical mechanisms underlying changes in past, present, and future climates.


Feldl has a BS in Geological Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MS in Geophysics from the University of Colorado, where she studied mountain building and earthquakes in the Himalaya. She earned a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, prior to joining the faculty at UC Santa Cruz in 2016. She received the NSF CAREER award to support her research on polar climate dynamics and to design and develop a learning game about climate science.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2018 NSF CAREER award

Selected Publications

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Teaching Interests

EART 12 Intro to Weather and Climate

EART 121 The Atmosphere

EART 124 Modeling Earth's Climate

EART 252 Hydroclimatology