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Dr. Lei Wang

Assistant Professor Dr. Lei Wang
Curriculum Vitae
Associated website(s):

Weather and Climate Dynamics Laboratory


Large-scale atmospheric dynamics and climate change, extreme weather events, intraseasonal atmospheric variabilities, jetstream dynamics


Ph.D. 2016, Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago

B.S. 2010, Atmospheric Sciences, Ocean University of China

Research Activities:

2017-2020, Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University


Physics of Climate (Spring 2021)

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Fall 2021)

Research Interests

I am an atmospheric dynamist. My research focuses on the fundamental dynamics and variability of mid- latitude atmospheric waves, especially high-impact extreme weather and climate events.


I am looking to recruit graduate students in large-scale atmospheric dynamics and climate dynamics. Opportunities exist to learn and apply geophysical fluid dynamics to better understand Earth's atmosphere and climate dynamics using a hierarchy of theoretical and idealized numerical models. Specific projects include jetstream dynamics, extreme weather, weather-climate continuum, the role of moisture on the mid-latitude circulation. Students will have the freedom to develop their research projects as they progress towards a Ph.D. Students will also have the opportunity to enroll in Purdue's Computational Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs to broaden their education. Students who majored in atmospheric sciences are preferred. Applicants with a strong background in math and physics and an interest in atmospheric science are also encouraged to apply. Please contact me at if you are interested.

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