email: tmerlis ... princeton ... edu
office: 415 Jadwin Hall, (609) 258-1149 / 234 GFDL, (609) 987-5059
present: Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton Center for Theoretical Science and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (hosted by Isaac Held)
past: Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering, California Institute of Technology (advised by Tapio Schneider)
B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
research topics: climate dynamics, tropical meteorology, ocean-atmosphere general circulation, atmospheric water vapor, baroclinic instability
Merlis, T. M., M. Zhao, and I. M. Held, 2013: The sensitivity of hurricane frequency to ITCZ changes and radiatively forced warming in aquaplanet simulations. Geophysical Research Letters, in press. pdf
Merlis, T. M., I. M. Held, G. L. Stenchikov, and F. Zeng, 2013: Constraining transient climate sensitivity using coupled climate model simulations of volcanic eruptions. Journal of Climate, submitted. pdf
Merlis, T. M., T. Schneider, S. Bordoni, and I. Eisenman, 2013: The tropical precipitation response to orbital precession. Journal of Climate, 26, 2010-2021. pdf Official version
Merlis, T. M., T. Schneider, S. Bordoni, and I. Eisenman, 2013: Hadley circulation response to orbital precession. Part II: Subtropical continent. Journal of Climate, 26, 754-771. pdf Official version
Merlis, T. M., T. Schneider, S. Bordoni, and I. Eisenman, 2013: Hadley circulation response to orbital precession. Part I: Aquaplanets. Journal of Climate, 26, 740-753. pdf Official version
Merlis, T. M. and T. Schneider, 2011: Changes in zonal surface temperature gradients and Walker circulations in a wide range of climates. Journal of Climate, 24, 4757-4768. pdf Official version
Merlis, T. M. and T. Schneider, 2010:
Atmospheric dynamics of Earth-like tidally locked aquaplanets.
Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 2, Art. #13.
Zonal wind animations: slow rotation, rapid rotation.
Animation webpage (not peer-reviewed) for tidally locked simulations using a coupled GCM.
Merlis, T. M. and T. Schneider, 2009: Scales of linear baroclinic instability and macroturbulence in dry atmospheres. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66, 1821-1833. pdf Official version
Merlis, T. M. and S. Khatiwala, 2008: Fast dynamical spin-up of ocean general circulation models using Newton-Krylov methods. Ocean Modelling, 21, 97-105. pdf Official version
Ph.D. thesis: Merlis, T. M. 2012 (defended July 2011): The general circulation of the tropical atmosphere and climate changes. pdf Official version