Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami
Benjamin Kirtman is a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He uses atmosphere-ocean general circulation models to study the predictability and variability of the earth’s climate system. His wide-ranging research aims to understand and quantify the limits of climate predictability from days to decades. Kirtman received his B.S. in applied mathematics from the University of California-San Diego and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park. Previously, he was a research scientist at the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies and a tenured associate professor at George Mason University, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers. Kirtman is the director of the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmosphere Studies at the University of Miami and serves as the program director for climate and environmental hazards at the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science.