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Matthew Huber

Professor and Director for the Institute for a Sustainable Future Matthew Huber
Curriculum Vitae
Associated website(s):

Google Scholar , Personal website , Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF) , Atmospheric Science , Geodata Science Initiative , Climate Dynamics Prediction Laboratory


  • Ph.D.- University of California Santa Cruz (Earth Sciences)
  • M.S.-University of California Los Angeles (Atmospheric Sciences)
  • B.A.- University of Chicago (Geophysics Honors)

Research Interests
Paleoclimate Modeling, Climate Change, Global Warming, Paleoceanography, Regional Climate Modeling, Extreme Weather Events, and Heat Stress.

Teaching Interests

  • EAS 221 Survey of Atmosphere
  • EAS 320 Physics of Climate
  • EAS 520 Theory of Climate
  • EAS 591 Eocene-Oligocene Climate Change
  • EAS 591F Proposal Writing for Graduate Students
  • EAS 591M Modeling in Climate Change Science and Policy
  • EAS 591 Soil Moisture and Climtae Interactions

Awards and Honors

  • University Faculty Scholar (2012-2016)
  • Research on tropical cyclones and global warming highlighted as one of the top 100 scientific stories of 2007 (#37) by Discover Magazine (January 2008).
  • Research on Cretaceous-Tertiary impact highlighted as one of the 100 top scientific discoveries of 2004 by Discover Magazine (Jan. 2005).
  • Winner, IBM Scholars Program for Linux Award ($40,000, Dec. 2004)
  • Currently Topical Editor of EGU Journal, “Earth System Dynamics”
  • Currently Associate Editor of AGU Journal, “Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems”
  • Fmr. Co-Chair of the NCAR CCSM Paleoclimate Working Group (2004-2006)
  • Director of Purdue’s Atmospheric Measurement and Prediction Consortium, Purdue’s initiative to distribute NWS Doppler radar data nationally
  • Fmr. Associate Editor of Paleoceanography 2003-2005
  • Associate Director, Executive Committee Member, and Co-founder Purdue Climate Change Research Center
  • Fellow of Purdue’s Cyber Center (2006)

Professional Experience

  • Professor, EAPS, Purdue University, 2003-present
  • Assistant Research Professor, DCESS, Niels Bohr Inst., University of Copenhagen, 2001-02
  • Editorial Board (Topical Editor) Earth System Dynamics: 2010 to present. ESD is a electronic journal of the EGU whose purpose is investigating the mechanisms and effects of interaction and change in the Earth System and thereby fill an important gap. The scope of the journal is focused on investigations of the interaction and coupling of the major components of the Earth system (atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, oceans, pedosphere, lithosphere, inner Earth), the simulation of Earth system change (global change, climate prediction), Earth system management (carbon management, geoengineering, renewable energy), and specifically on Earth system interactions with the biosphere and the anthroposphere (ecosystems, land use, carbon cycle).
  • Huber was external expert faculty candidate reviewer for the Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research (University of Stockholm, Sweden). He was a non-voting member of the faculty appointment board he assisted in choosing among applicants appropriate candidates for open paleoclimate/paleoceanography faculty positions and will attended their ‘job talks‘ and interviews in winter 2010. The experts have the status as non-voting members of the appointment board throughout the process.
  • Associate Editor of Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems: 2008-present. G-Cubed is an electronic journal that publishes papers on the chemistry, physics, and biology of Earth and planetary processes, with a focus on interdisciplinary work. Papers should pertain to understanding the Earth as a system, including observational, experimental, and theoretical investigations of the solid Earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere at all spatial and temporal scales. G-Cubed is published jointly by AGU and the Geochemical Society. As of 2009, ISI Impact Factor of 2.6 and it is ranked 13th out of 75 in Geochemistry and Geophysics.
  • Associate Editor of Paleoceanography: 2003 to 2005. Paleoceanography is one of the most prestigious journals in my field. In 2002, the Impact Factor was 3.871 and it was ranked #1 of 41 titles in Oceanography and #1 of 30 titles in Paleontology, and #2 of 122 titles in Geosciences and Interdisciplinary in the ISI Journal Citation Reports. 2004 numbers show an Impact Factor of 3.081, #3 in Oceanography, #1 in Paleontology, and #4 in Geosciences and Interdisciplinary.
  • Co-Chair NCAR CCSM Paleoclimate Working Group (PaleoWG): 2004-2006. This involved some substantial activities including planning and organizing both the individual PaleoWG spring meetings and the part of the larger annual summer meetings. The PaleoWG meetings typically have an attendance of approximately 25 people. 2005-2006 was a big year for us as we worked hard to entrain a broader swath of the paleoclimate community in this effort. In addition to making the working group responsive to the needs of the community and to the CCSM project, as co-Chair, it was also my responsibility to oversee working group simulations carried out at NCAR and sometimes to run and analyze the simulations myself, and generally to keep the working group moving forward as part of a larger national and international initiatives to model climate change.
  • I review ~5 papers per month. In the past 5 years I’ve reviewed papers for Climate Dynamics, Geology, Journal of Geology, Paleoceanography, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Tellus, Cretaceous Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Science, Nature, Proc. National Acad. Science, Journal of Geoscience Education, Paleo3, Journal of Physical Oceanography, J.G.R. Oceans.
  • I review ~6 proposals per year for NSF.

Selected Publications - Google Scholar Page for a complete list of publications

  • Huber, M., A sensitivity to history, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo1695, 15-16,2013.
  • PALAEOSENS Project Members, Making sense of palaeoclimate sensitivity, Nature, 491, doi:10.1038/nature11574, 683-691, 2012.
  • Lunt, D. J., Dunkley Jones, T., Heinemann, M., Huber, M., LeGrande, A., Winguth, A., Loptson, C., Marotzke, J., Roberts, C. D., Tindall, J., Valdes, P., and Winguth, C.: A model–data comparison for a multi-model ensemble of early Eocene atmosphere– ocean simulations: EoMIP, Clim. Past, 8, 1717-1736, doi:10.5194/cp-8-1717-2012, 2012.
  • Hollis, C.J., K. W.R. Taylor, L. Handley, R. D. Pancost, M. Huber, and 8 others, Early Paleogene temperature history of the Southwest Pacific Ocean: reconciling proxies and models, Earth Plan. Sci. Lett., 349-350,oi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.06.024, 53-66, 2012.
  • Hague, A. M., D. J. Thomas, M. Huber, R. Korty, S. C. Woodard, and L. Blake Jones, Convection of North Pacific Deep Water during the early Cenozoic, Geology, 40, doi: 10.1130/G32886.1, 527-530, 2012.
  • van Hooidonk, R., and M. Huber, Effects of modes of variability on model derived coral reef bleaching predictions, Coral Reefs, 31, 10.1007/s00338-011-0825-4, 121-131, 2012.
  • Herold 1 , N., Huber, M., Müller, R.D. and M. Seton, Modelling the Miocene climatic optimum: Ocean c i r c u l a t i o n ,Paleoceanography, 2 7 , PA1 2 0 9 , d o i : 10.1029/2010PA002041, 2012.
  • Huber, M., and A. Goldner*, Eocene monsoons. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 44, 3-23, 2012.
  • Herold1, N.K., D. Müller, and M. Huber, Insights into Miocene ocean circulation from a coupled climate model: Part I Atmospheric Circulation, Journal of Climate, 24, DOI: 10.1175/2011JCLI4035.1, 6353-6372, 2011.
  • Pagani, M. , M. Huber, Z. Liu, S. M. Bohaty, J. Henderiks, W. Sijp, S. Krishnan, R. DeConto, The Role of Carbon Dioxide during the Onset of Antarctic Glaciation, Science, 334, DOI: 10.1126/science.1203909, 1261-1264, 2011.
  • Sijp, W. P., M. H. England, and M. Huber, Effect of the deepening of the Tasman Gateway on the global ocean, Paleoceanography, 26, PA4207, doi:10.1029/2011PA002143, 2011.
  • Ivany, L. C., T. Brey, M. Huber, D. P. Buick, and B. R. Schöne, El Niño in the Eocene greenhouse recorded by fossil bivalves and wood from Antarctica, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L16709, doi:10.1029/ 2011GL048635, 2011.
  • Goldner, A., Huber, M., Diffenbaugh, N., and Caballero, R.: Implications of the permanent El Niño teleconnection "blueprint" for past global and North American hydroclimatology, Clim. Past, 7, 723-743, doi:10.5194/cp-7-723-2011, 2011.
  • Huber, M. and R. Caballero, The Eocene Equable Climate Problem Revisited. Climate of the Past,7, 603–633, doi:10.5194/cp-7-603-2011, 2011.
  • Mishra, V., K. A. Cherkauer, L. C. Bowling, and M. Huber,Lake Ice phenology of small lakes: Impacts of climate variability in the Great Lakes region, Glob. Planet. Change, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.01.004, 2011.
  • Bijl, P. K., J. Pross, J. Warnaar, C. E. Stickley, M. Huber, R. Guerstein, A. J. P. Houben, A. Sluijs, H. Visscher, and H. Brinkhuis, Environmental forcings of Paleogene Southern Ocean dinoflagellate biogeography, Paleoceanography, 26, PA1202, doi: 10.1029/2009PA001905, 2011.
  • Herold1, N. K.,Huber, M., Greenwood, D. R.; Müller, R. D. and M. Seton, Early to middle Miocene monsoon climate in Australia, Geology, 39, 3-6, doi: 10.1130/G31208.1, 2011.
  • Speelman, E. N., Sewall, J. O., Noone, D., Huber, M., von der Heydt, A., Damsté, J. S., Reichart, G. J., Modeling the influence of a reduced equator-to-pole sea surface temperature gradient on the distribution of water isotopes in the Eocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 298, 57-65, 2010.
  • Caballero, R., and M. Huber, Spontaneous transition to superrotation in warm climates simulated by CAM3: Consequences of a Super-MJO, Geophys. Res. Lett. , 37, L11701, doi:10.1029/2010GL043468.
  • Sherwood, S., and M. Huber, An adaptability limit to climate change due to heat stress Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci.,, 2010.
  • Schwartz, F. W., E. A Sudicky, R. G. McLaren, Y. J. Park, M. Huber, and M. Apted, Ambiguous hydraulic heads and 14C activities in transient regional flow. Ground Water, 48, doi:0.1111/j.1745-6584.2009.00655.x, 366-379, 2010.
  • Galeotti, S., A. von der Heydt, M. Huber, D. Bice, H. Dijkstra, T. Jilbert, L. Lanci,and G.J. Reichart, Evidence for active ENSO variability in the late Miocene greenhouse climate. Geology, 38, doi: 10.1130/G30629.1, 419–422 , 2010.
  • Sriver, R. L., and M. Huber, Modeled sensitivity of upper thermocline properties to tropical cyclone winds and possible feedbacks on the Hadley circulation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L08704, doi:10.1029/2010GL042836, 2010.
  • Ali, J. and M. Huber, Mammalian biodiversity on Madagascar controlled by ocean currents. Nature, 463, doi:10.1038/nature08706, 653-656, 2010.
  • Williams, I. N., R. T. Pierrehumbert, and M. Huber (2009), Global warming, convective threshold and false thermostats, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L21805, doi:10.1029/2009GL039849.
  • Warnaar, J., Bijl, T.K., Huber, M., Sloan, L., Brinkhuis, H., Roehl, U., Sriver, R., Visscher, H. Orbitally forced climate changes in the Tasman sector during the Middle Eocene. Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimat., Palaeoecol., 280, 361-370, 2009. 2.
  • Eldrett, J. S., D. R. Greenwood, I. Harding, and M. Huber, Increased seasonality in the latest Eocene to earliest Oligocene in northern high latitues, Nature, 459, doi:10.1038/nature08069, 969-973, 2009.
  • van Hooidonk*, R., and M. Huber, Wuantifying the quality of coral bleaching predictions, Coral Reefs, 28, 579-587, doi:10.1007/s00338-009-0502-z, 2009.
  • van Hooidonk, R., and M. Huber (2009), Equivocal evidence for a thermostat and unusually low levels of coral bleaching in the Western Pacific Warm Pool, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L06705, doi:10.1029/2008GL036288.
  • Abbot, D. S., M. Huber, G. Bousquet, C. C. Walker, high-CO2 Cloud Radiative Forcing Feedback over both land and Ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., L05702, doi:10.1029/2008GL036703, 2009.
  • Liu, Z., M. Pagani, D. Xinniker, R. DeConto, M. Huber, H. Brinkhuis, S. Shah, M. Leckie, and A. Pearson, Global cooling during the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition, Science, 323, 1187-1190, doi:10.1126/science.1166368, 2009.
  • You, Y., M. Huber, D. Mueller, C.J. Poulsen, and J. Ribbe, Simulation of the Middle Miocene climate optimum, Geophys. Res. Lett., L04702, doi:10.1029/2008GL036571, 2009. 2.
  • Hollis, C., J., L. Handley, E. M. Crouch, H. E. G. Morgans, J. A. Baker, J. Creech, K. S. Collins, S. J. Gibbs, M. Huber, S. Schouten, J. C. Zachos, and R. D. Rancost, Tropical sea temperatures in the high-latitude South Pacific during the Eocene, Geology, 37, 99-102; doi:10.1130/G25200A.1, 2009.
  • Herold, N., M. Seton, R. D. Mueller, Y. You, and M. Huber (2008), Middle Miocene tectonic boundary conditions for use in climate models, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q10009, doi:10.1029/2008GC002046. 2.
  • Liu, Z., M. Pagani, D. Zinniker, R. DeConto, M. Huber, H. Brinkhuis, S. Shah, M. Leckie, and A. Pearson, Global cooling during the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition, Science, in press.
  • You, Y., M. Huber, D. Mueller, C. J. Poulsen, and J. Ribbe, Simulation of the Middle Miocene Climate Optimum, Geophys. Res. Lett., in press.
  • Abbot, D. S., M. Huber, G. Bousquet, C. C. Walker, High-CO2 Cloud Radiative Forcing Feedback over both Land and Ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., in press.
  • Lyle, M., J. Barron, T. J. Bralower, M. Huber, A. Olivarez-Lyle, A. C. Ravelo, D. K. Rea, and P. A. Wilson, The Pacific Ocean and the Cenozoic evolution of climate, Reviews of Geophysics, doi:10.1029/2005RG000190, 2008.
  • Sriver*, R. L., and M. Huber, Observational evidence for an ocean heat pump induced by tropical cyclones, Nature, 447, 577-580, doi:10.1038/nature05785, 2007.
  • Huber, M., and J. Trapp, A review of NEXRAD Level II: Data, distribution, and applications, J. Terrestrial Observation, in press.
  • Thomas, E., H. Brinkhuis, M. Huber, and U. Röhl, An Ocean View of the Early Cenozoic Greenhouse World, Oceanography, v. 19, 2006.
  • Sriver*, R., and M. Huber, Low frequency variability in globally integrated tropical cyclone power dissipation, Geophys. Res. Lett.,33, doi:10.1029/ 2006GL026167, L11705.
  • Brinkhuis, H., S. Schouten, M. E. Collinson, A. Sluijs, J. S. Sinninghe-Damste, G. R. Dickens, M. Huber, and 15 others, Episodic fresh surface waters in the early Eocene Arctic Ocean, Nature, 441, doi:10.1038/nature04692, 606-609.
  • Sluijs, A., S. Schouten, M. Pagani, N. Pedentchouk, H. Brinkhuis, J. Sinninghe Damsté, G. R. Dickens, M. Huber, and 7 others, Subtropical Arctic Ocean conditions during the Palaeocene Eocene thermal maximum, Nature, 441, doi:10.1038/nature/04668, 610-613.
  • Pagani, M., N. Pedentchouk, M. Huber, and 7 others, Arctic hydrology during global warming at the Paleocene/Eocene thermal maximum, Nature, 442, doi:10.1038/nature05043, 671-675.
  • Huber, M., and D. Nof, The ocean circulation in the Southern Hemisphere and its climatic impacts in the Eocene, Paleogeogr., Palaeoclim., Palaeocol., 231, 9-28, 2006
  • Y. Sun, E. Ess, D. Sapirstein, and M. Huber, Visualizing Oceanic and Atmospheric Flows with Streamline Splatting, in Visualization and Data Analysis, Proc. of SPIE and IS&T Electronic Imaging 2006,R. F. Erbacher, J. C. Roberts, and M. T. Katy, ed., San Jose, CA, 12-23, 2006.
  • Huber, M., H. Brinkhuis, C. E. Stickley, K. Doos, A. Sluijs, J. Warnaar*, G. L Williams, and S. A. Schellenberg, Eocene circulation of the Southern Ocean: Was Antarctica kept warm by subtropical waters? Paleoceanography, PA4026, doi:10.1029/2004PA001014.
  • Stickley, C. E., H. Brinkhuis, S. A. Schellenberg, A. Sluijs, U. Rohl, M. Fuller, M. Grauert, M. Huber, J. Warnaar*, and G. L. Williams, Timing and nature of the deepening of the Tasmanian Gateway, Paleoceanography, PA4027, doi:10.1029/2004PA001022.

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