The Staten Lab

Paul W. Staten
Assistant Professor, IU Bloomington



The Staten Lab is a climate dynamics group within the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Indiana University. Our long-term goal is to better understand how the atmosphere evolves over time, particularly in response to climate forcings.

Paul W. Staten

Dr. Staten's research focuses on the causes and mechanisms of large scale atmospheric circulation change in the lowest 20 kilometers of the atmosphere. Why does the midlatitude jet shift? Have humans caused the tropical Hadley circulation to widen? What do cloud patterns teach us about circulation change, and how do clouds influence circulation change? How will extreme events like atmospheric rivers or blocking change with global climate?

Dr. Staten makes extensive use of model output, as well as gridded data from NOAA weather satellites.

Dr. Staten obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a Physics minor from Weber State University in 2006, before pursuing a Meteorology Master's and Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. at the University of Utah. He then spent two years as a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar with the AIRS group at NASA JPL/Caltech. He has been at Indiana University since 2015.

Paul W. Staten
Shay Liu       

Shay's research leverages legacy NOAA weather satellites to glean new insights into climate variability and change. See her personal page here.

Devon Colcord         

Devon's research focuses on understanding past changes in Earth’s climate by improving our understanding of organic geochemical paleoclimate proxies, and using various organic geochemical proxies to reconstruct paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes.

Devon is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University. Previously, she received her B.S. degree in Earth Systems from the University of Massachusetts in 2012, as well as dual M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences and Environmental Sciences from Indiana University in 2014.

Lan Luan     

Lan is currently studying the regional structure of the tropics using GPS radio occultation data, and will soon be analyzing cloud radiative heating profiles.

Samuel J. Smith     

Sam Smith's research focuses on the causes and impacts of the changing behavior of large scale atmospheric waves.

  • Bret Walts
  • Sarah McCorkle
Past Members
  • Robert Conrick, now a graduate student at University of Washington
  • Nathan Curtis, now a graduate student at University of Alabama Huntsville
Spring 2015

Paul W. Staten
Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
1001 East 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1405


office: GEOL 424A

phone: (812) 856-5135

fax: (812) 855-7899

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