Sylvia Dee

Sylvia Dee is an assistant professor and 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.


Lizzie Wallace

Lizzie Wallace is a joint Rice Academy and Pan Postdoctoral Fellow studying the interplay between climate and hurricane activity on long timescales. Her current research focuses on integrating natural archives of local hurricane strikes in the Atlantic with hurricane model data to study how and why hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico have changed over the past 2000 years.   Lizzie received her B.S. from the University of Virginia in Civil Engineering and Philosophy in 2015 and her PhD in Paleoceanography from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2020.


Xinyue Luo

Xinyue Luo is a third-year Ph.D. student at Rice working in the Climate Lab. She graduated from Nanjing University with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science. Xinyue is interested in climate variability and climate dynamics. She is currently working on a project about ENSO and its teleconnections in North America.


Charlie Marshall

Charlie Marshall is a second year Ph.D. student at Rice working in the Climate Lab. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Math. He is interested in climate modeling and climate dynamics. He is currently working on a project that compares different proxies and models of tropical African climate since the Last Glacial Maximum


Kelsey Murphy

Kelsey Murphy is a first year Ph.D. student at Rice working in the Climate Lab. She graduated from the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, and is a Boston native. Her research explores the evolution of the Mississippi River basin's large-scale hydrology over time. 

Former Lab Members

  • Dr. Jun Hu, postdoctoral researcher (2019-2022). Current position: Assistant Professor, Xiamen University, China
  • Dr. Allison Lawman, postdoctoral researcher (2020-2022). Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Colorado, Boulder