Geeta Persad

Geeta  Persad
Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Work: +1 512 471 5983
Office: ROC , JGB 5.220C
Mailcode: C1160

Welcome to the Persad Aero-Climate Group!

Our research centers on innovative application of numerical global climate modeling to understand the behavior and societal impacts of the physical climate system. The core of our work focuses on the role of particle aerosol emissions, the primary radiative forcing offset to greenhouse gases over the industrial era, in driving inter-regional differences in the magnitude and rate of climate change and in the emergence of heat and hydroclimate extremes. A growing branch of our research applies this understanding of climate physics and modeling to questions at the interface of climate and hydrology, with a goal of understanding the climate shifts most likely to stress water management in the Central and Western U.S. An overarching goal of the lab's work is to understand how climatic change is most likely to stress human systems and how better understanding of these climate stresses in decision-making contexts can improve societal outcomes.

Areas of Expertise

Atmospheric Aerosols, Climate Change, Climate Modeling, Air Pollution, Global Hydrologic Cycle, Monsoon Systems, Western U.S. Climate Impacts, Climate Policy and Decision-Making

Graduate Students

Kayla White , Ph.D., expected 2026 (Supervisor)

Cameron Cummins , M.S., expected 2025 (Supervisor)
Hello! My name is Cameron, I am a first year Master's student and a UT Austin alumni after earning my Bachelor's Degree in Computational Engineering in May of 2023. As a member of the [link:]Persad Aero-Climate Lab[/link], I specialize in using big data from global climate models to answer questions about climate change and the role of anthropogenic aerosols in...

Veronika J Redensek (Supervisor)

Sebastian Utama (Supervisor)

2024Spring GEO 416W Climate/Water/The Environment
2023Fall GEO 371T Climate System Physics
2023Fall GEO 391 Climate System Physics
2023Spring GEO 303 Introduction To Geology
2022Fall GEO 371T Climate Data
2022Fall GEO 391 Climate Data
2021Fall GEO 347P Climate System Physics-Wb
2021Fall GEO 387P Climate System Physics-Wb
2021Spring GEO 303 Introduction To Geology-Wb
2021Spring GEO 303 Introduction To Geology