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Jonathon Wright

Jonathon S. Wright

Tsinghua University
Department of Earth System Science
Meng Minwei Technology Building, Room S-917
Beijing 100084, China



Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, 2006

B.S., Gettysburg College
Summa Cum Laude, Mathematics, 2001

Selected Work Experience
Associate Professor January 2012 to present
Tsinghua University, Center for Earth System Science. I study the atmospheric water cycle, atmospheric transport, and atmospheric composition, with a secondary focus on large-scale climate dynamics. I supervise graduate students and teach graduate-level courses on atmosphere–ocean interactions (海气相互作用) and climate dynamics (气候动力学研讨). I was granted tenure in January 2018.

Research Scientist V August 2011 to December 2011
University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences. I conducted research on atmospheric transport and composition, particularly in the tropical upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. I worked directly with graduate students, and assisted with organizing group meetings and activities.

Freelance Editor June 2011 to February 2012
Stallard Scientific Editing. I provided professional editing services for manuscripts in the areas of meteorology, climatology, and numerical modeling.

Postdoctoral Research Associate November 2009 to May 2011
University of Cambridge, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. I worked in the Atmospheric Dynamics Group to characterize influences of clouds on the transport of water vapor and chemical pollutants into the stratosphere.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist October 2006 to September 2009
Columbia University, Department of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics. I worked within the research group of Prof. Adam Sobel developing and employing techniques to diagnose water vapor transport in general circulation model simulations and observational data.

Graduate Research Assistant August 2001 to August 2006
Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. I assisted with the activities of Prof. Rong Fu's research group. In particular, I studied the influences of tropical deep convection and Rossby wave breaking on upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric humidity using satellite data and numerical models.

Graduate Teaching Assistant August 2005 to December 2005
Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. I directed and graded two weekly labs for EAS 1601: How to Build a Habitable Planet.

Graduate Research Assistant June 2004 to August 2004
Graduate Student Summer Program, Goddard Earth Science and Technology Center. I worked with Dr. Andrew Dessler at the Goddard Space Flight Center, where I investigated relationships between tropical deep convection and upper tropospheric water vapor using data from the TRMM and Aqua satellites.

Graduate Teaching Assistant January 2003 to May 2003
Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. I was selected by faculty to assist in the teaching of EAS 4610/6130: Earth Systems Modeling. I held open office hours and graded assignments.

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Honors and Awards

Young Thousand Talents Plan (青年千人计划) (2013–2015)

Research Fund for International Young Scientists (2013)
National Natural Sciences Foundation of China

Graduate Student Summer Program in Earth Systems Science (Summer 2004)
Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2001-2004)
American Society for Engineering Education

President's Fellowship (2001-2006)
Georgia Institute of Technology

Professional Service

Associate Editor
Acta Meteorologica Sinica / Journal of Meteorological Research (2012–2017)

Invited Lecturer: Understanding the Hydrologic Cycle Response to Climate Change
International Seminar on Climate System and Climate Change, Beijing (July 2013)

Invited Lecturer: An Introduction to Coupled Models of the Atmosphere–Ocean System
Inspur Climate Modeling Workshop, Beijing (March 2013)

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Scientific Reports, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, Journal of Climate, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Research Letters, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Global and Planetary Change, Atmospheric Research, International Journal of Climatology, Climate Dynamics, Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Atmospheric Environment


American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2002–present
American Meteorological Society (AMS), 2006–present
European Geophysical Union (EGU), 2010–present
Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), 2010–present
Asia–Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), 2012–present
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), 2016–present