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Melissa Gervais, assistant professor of meteorology and atmospheric science in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Credit: Penn State. Creative Commons

ICDS co-hire promoted to associate professor

Posted on May 8, 2024

Penn State Institute for Computational Data Sciences (ICDS) co-hire Dr. Melissa Gervais has been promoted to associate professor of meteorology and atmospheric science effective on July 1.  

“I feel fantastic,” Gervais said. “I love being here at Penn State, so it was very exciting to get the news.”  

Gervais started at Penn State in 2017 as an assistant professor of meteorology and atmospheric science and ICDS co-hire after earning undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics at the University of Toronto and a doctorate in atmospheric and oceanic sciences at McGill University.  

She is currently working on three main branches of research regarding the impact of sea ice loss on daily weather patterns and cold air outbreaks, Rossby waves breaking and its relationship to high impact on weather, and coupled atmosphere-ocean variability in the North Atlantic and its impact on European weather.  

Gervais has used various methods in her research, including machine learning and climate model simulations to understand the implications of climate change and sea ice loss.  


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