Sylvia G. Dee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Rice University
Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

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Sylvia Dee is a climate scientist at Rice University 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. 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: The Climate, Water, and Energy Lab at Rice is recruiting! Please contact for information about Ph.D. and postdoc positions. 

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

Student News: Zihan Chen (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.