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Dr Penelope Maher

Research Fellow


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I joined the mathematics department of Exeter University in April 2015 as a post-doctoral research scientist.

I am part of the ParaCon grant that aims to significantly improve the representation of convection across model scales from 1-100km. In this position I am working with Geoff Vallis and John Thuburn, with support from the Met Office. At present, I am involved in a project to building a reduced complexity version of the UM. Within this project, I am implementing the simple Betts-Miller convection scheme.

I am also working in collaboration with the Met-Office, Mark Baldwin, Geoff Vallis and the EuroClim team, This project aims to advance the fundamental dynamical understanding of mechanisms influencing seasonal weather in Europe. As part of this project I will be working with reduced complexity models and fully coupled GCMs, focusing the interactions between parameterised convection and large-scale circulation.

I have a PhD in climate science which I completed with the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. For my PhD I investigated how large-scale variability influences observed precipitation and assessed if CMIP models can reproduce the observed interactions. I also performed an aquaplanet modelling study aimed to increase intraseasonal variability, specifically the Madden-Julian Oscillation.

I founded and co-organise the Women in Climate (WiC) Network. We are an ECR network that have monthly catch-ups to discuss different themes relevant to women in climate and science more broadly. More information can be found on our WiC Network page.