Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Kerry H Cook

Kerry H Cook
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Work: +1 512 232 7931
Office: JGB
Mailcode: C9000

Kerry Cook came to The University of Texas at Austin in August, 2008. She began her career at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab at Princeton University, followed by 18 years as a professor at Cornell University where she taught courses in Climate Dynamics, Atmospheric Dynamics, and Atmospheric Physics and was a founder of the Science of Earth Systems major. She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and recently served as member of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and an editor of the Journal of Climate. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Climate, and the Chair of the American Meteorological Society's Board of Climate Variability and Change.

Dr. Cook's research centers on predicting and understanding climate change and climate variability around the world, including Africa, South America, the central U.S., and home in Austin, TX. She and her group use numerical models of the climate system, including atmosphere, ocean, and vegetation components, along with observational analysis to improve our understanding about how features and processes at the earth's surface interact with atmospheric circulation and precipitation fields.

Dr. Cook has recently published a text on Climate Dynamics (2013, Princeton University Press). Supplemental resources for Climate Dynamics are available at:

Areas of Expertise

Climate dynamics, atmospheric dynamics, global climate change, paleoclimate, climate and weather of Africa and South America, climate system modeling, climate change in Texas

Research Locations

Current Research Programs & Projects

Regional climate change prediction: Ausitn, Central and eastern Texas, Africa

Understanding the basic dynamics, and interannual variability, of the West African monsoon system

Understanding the physics of abrupt climate change - past and future - over northern Africa and the central U.S.

Predicting the fate of the Amazon basin climate and vegetation under greenhouse gas-induced climate change

Understanding the seasonal cycle and potential for climate change over East Africa

Understanding the dynamics of the Caribbean low-level jet, and its relationship to the Great Plains low-level jet and regional drought

Outstanding Graduate Instruction - Jackson SChool of Geosciences (2012 - 2012)

Fellow - American Meteorological Society (2009)

Outstanding Educator - Merill Presidential Scholar (2007)

Board of Trustees - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (2006 - 2013)

Outstanding Educator - Merrill Presidential Scholar (2003)

Associate Editor, Journal of Climate, American Meteorological Society (2016 - 2019)

Member, Working Group: Changing Width of the Tropics, US CLIVAR (2016 - Present)

Advisory Board, Future Climate for Africa Program, UK Dept. Of International Development (2016 - Present)

Chair, Endowment Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences (2016 - Present)

Co-chair, Climate Variations and Change Meeting, 2018, American Meteorological Society (2016 - 2018)

Member, Awards Nominating Committee, American Meteorological Society (2015 - Present)

Guest Editor, Special issue of Earth Systems Dynamics on “Climate, Land Use, and Conflict in Northern Africa”, European Geosciences Union (2015 - Present)

Member, Committee on Climate Change and Variability, American Meteorological Society (2014 - Present)

Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, Workshop on Climate Change, Land Use and Conflict in Northern Africa, Max Planck Institute (2014 - 2015)

Editor, Journal of Climate, American Meteorological Society (2011 - 2015)

Member, Committee on Communicating Climate Change, American Meteorological Society (2010 - Present)

Board of Trustees, .University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), (2007 - 2013)

Executive Committee, Board on Oceans and Atmosphere, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (2007 - 2013)


Fan Han, 2017 - 2018

Jaya Khanna, 2016 - 2017

Xiaoming Sun, 2015 - 2017

Julien Cretat, 2012 - 2014

Graduate Students

Weiran Liu (Supervisor)

Siyu Zhao (Supervisor)

Gang Zhang, Ph.D., 2015 (Supervisor)

Naresh Neupane, Ph.D., 2014 (Supervisor)

Meredith Brown, M.S. (Supervisor)

Bing Pu, Ph.D. (Supervisor)

Christina Patricola, Ph.D. (Supervisor)

Samson Hagos, Ph.D. (Supervisor)

Jen-Shan Hsieh, Ph.D. (Supervisor)

Torsten Duffy, M.S. (Supervisor)

Ned Vizy, Ph.D. (Supervisor)

Corinne Carter, M.S. (Supervisor)

Leslie Green, M.S. (Supervisor)

John Lenters, Ph.D. (Supervisor)

Todd Ringler, Ph.D. (Supervisor)

Caroline Binkley, M.S. (Supervisor)

Predicting 21st Century Climate Change over Africa, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, Brown University, Providence RI (2011)

African Climate Change and Variability, Summer Colloquium, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO (2011)

Toward confident and useful climate change projections: West Africa and the Sahel, International Union of Geogesy and Geophysics, Melbourne, Australia

2018Spring GEO 347D Global Warming
2018Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 347D Global Warming
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Spring GEO 387F Dynams Of Atmospheres & Oceans
2015Fall GEO 347D Global Warming
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Spring GEO 387D Climate Dynamics
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Climate Dynamics
2014Fall GEO 347D Global Warming
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Climate Dynamics
2014Spring GEO 387F Dynams Of Atmospheres & Oceans