Sylvia G. Dee, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow | The University of Texas at Austin
Institute for Geophysics | Jackson School of Geosciences

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Sylvia Dee is a climate scientist specializing in atmospheric modeling, water isotope physics, and paleoclimate data-model comparison. She completed her undergraduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with certificates in Geological Engineering and Environmental Sciences at Princeton University, and her Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Julien Emile-Geay in the USC Earth Sciences department. She is currently the UT Institute for Geophysics Postdoctoral fellow, and was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at 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.


University of Texas At Austin
Institute for Geophysics
Jackson School of Geosciences



News and  Events

Job News:  Sylvia will be starting at Rice University in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences as an Assistant Professor this fall!

Conferences: check out our session at AGU 2018!
Water Isotope Systematics: Improving Modern and Paleoclimate Interpretations

Student News: Zihan Chen (see photo on left, Brown University) completed an Undergraduate Research Fellowship (UTRA) this past summer, working with Sylvia and Jim Russell on African Lake Systems! Zihan presented a poster at the UTRA research symposium in August.