Hello, my name is Catherine Pomposi and welcome to my personal webpage. I am a postdoctoral research scientist within the PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) program of UCAR CPAESS. I am working with the Climate Hazards Group at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) to complete work on understanding precipitation variability and drought occurrence throughout Africa in support of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). I am broadly interested in regional climate and climate change, specifically with regards to the hydrologic cycle and its impacts on societies. I am interested in how these findings can be applied to address a number of food security and public health related questions.
I earned my PhD in 2016 from Columbia University in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. I worked closely with colleagues in the Ocean and Climate Physics group at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. My dissertation research aimed to better understand past and future hydrologic changes in the Sahel region of Africa using a blending of observational and model data.
In addition to my research interests, I am also passionate about science education and outreach and was an active mentor within the New York Academy of Science’s STEM Mentoring Program as well as the Citizen Schools Mentoring Program while I was in graduate school. 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 in climate science and climate variability, I am an avid sports fan, particularly college basketball (go UConn!), runner, lover of all foods, and traveler.