The (Paleo) Climate Group at Rice University  

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Welcome! The Climate, Water, and Energy lab is headed by Dr. Sylvia Dee, a climate scientist specializing in atmospheric modeling, water isotope physics, and paleoclimate data-model comparison. Sylvia completed her undergraduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with certificates in Geological Engineering and Environmental Sciences at Princeton University, and her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California Earth Sciences department. She previously held postdoctoral fellowships at the UT Institute for Geophysics and Brown University. Sylvia's research projects include topics in climate modeling and climate of the past millennium, using general circulation models (GCMs) and proxy system models (PSMs) to explore the dynamics of the tropical climate system. 

Sylvia is the developer of the water isotope-enabled, fast-physics atmospheric dynamical model, SPEEDY-IER, and a public platform for proxy system modeling development, PRYSM. This modeling platform allows for multi-centennial simulations of common era climate with water isotope physics, which, coupled with proxy system models for proxy records, facilitates the comparison of model output to paleoclimate data.


Rice University

Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences



News and  Events

News: This year we welcomed Ph.D. student Xinyue Luo and Postdoc Dr. Jun Hu to Rice! Please contact for information about Ph.D. and postdoc positions. 

Check out our lab's presentations at AGU at the 2019 fall meeting:

Jun Hu on model complexity:

Sylvia Dee on ENSO during the Last Millennium:

Left: Dr. Dee recently was invited as a climate panelist for the Princeton Environmental Institute's 25th Anniversary Forum.