Michael Patrick Byrne
  • KY16 9TS

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Climate change, extreme temperatures, climate modelling, atmospheric dynamics, monsoons, water cycle

Personal profile

Research overview

I lead the Climate Dynamics Lab at the University of St Andrews. Our research addresses fundamental questions in atmospheric and climate dynamics, extreme temperatures, land-climate interactions, the water cycle and past & future climate change. Recently we have been working to understand how clouds and water vapour influence monsoons, the dynamics of the intertropical convergence zone, and why continents and oceans respond very differently to climate change. In our research we use a range of tools including theory, computational models of varying degree of complexity, and Earth-system observations. Check out our website and publications for further info!




Academic/Professional Qualification

I am a climate scientist and Lecturer in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Group at the University of Oxford. From 2017-2018 I was an independent Imperial College Research Fellow and from 2014-2017 I was a postdoctoral research at ETH Zürich working with Tapio Schneider.

I completed my PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where my advisor was Paul O'Gorman. I also hold a bachelor's degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin and a master's degree in Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing from the University of Oxford.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Climate Physics & Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1 Sept 200931 Oct 2014

Award Date: 31 Oct 2014

Master in Science, Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing, University of Oxford

1 Oct 200831 Aug 2009

Award Date: 1 Oct 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Computational Physics, Trinity College Dublin

1 Oct 200430 Jun 2008

Award Date: 30 Jun 2008

External positions

Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Oxford

1 Nov 201831 Oct 2022


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