Hello, my name is Catherine Pomposi and welcome to my personal webpage. I am currently a PhD candidate at Columbia University in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. I am a member of the Ocean and Climate Physics group, majoring in Atmospheric and Climate Science. I am also a student member of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. I am broadly interested in regional climate and climate change, specifically with regards to the hydrologic cycle and its impacts on societies. My current research aims to better understand past and future hydrologic changes in the Sahel region of Africa using a blending of observational and model data. I am interested in how these findings can be applied to address a number of food security and public health related questions.
In addition to my research interests, I am also passionate about science education and outreach and have been an active mentor within the New York Academy of Science’s STEM Mentoring Program for the last few years as well as the Citizen Schools Mentoring Program. I’ve also participated in a number of climate services workshops in the Sahel where climate information is disseminated locally before the monsoon season, in order to help build resiliency to current conditions.
Aside from my interests as a graduate student and climate scientist, I am an avid sports fan, particularly college basketball (go UConn!), runner, lover of all foods, and traveler. I recently spent time in Europe presenting research results related to my dissertation and learning from other international research groups. I also have an adorable puppy named Luna who keeps me busy when I’m in NYC.