Michael Byrne


Michael is a Reader in Climate Science at the University of St Andrews where he leads the Climate Dynamics Lab. His lab’s research is at the forefront of a movement to develop a deep physical understanding of climate and climate change by combining state-of-the-art numerical models with theory and idealised simulations. We work on a variety of topics including extreme temperatures, continental climate change and the water cycle.

Away from the Lab, Michael is an augural member of the University of St Andrews’ Environmental Sustainability Board, which aims to accelerate the University’s response to environmental change and the climate emergency. Prior to arriving at St Andrews, he obtained his PhD in Climate Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and pursued postdoctoral research at ETH Zürich and Imperial College London.

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