Ben Kravitz About Me

Thanks for visiting my web page! I'm originally from Indianapolis and have been a bit of a weather weenie since I was about three years old. When I got to college at Northwestern University, I decided I wanted to be a math major. I had the fortunate opportunity to study chaotic and dynamical systems, a field founded by Ed Lorenz. I later continued on to pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics at Purdue University, where I specialized in algebraic geometry. Toward the end of my second year, I decided that I wanted to switch into atmospheric science. I earned my masters degree in mathematics at Purdue and then left to pursue graduate studies at Rutgers University. I began my work on climate modeling of large volcanic eruptions and looking at climate model results of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate aerosols. While at Rutgers, my advisor Alan Robock (who coincidentally was Ed Lorenz's student) and I founded the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project. I'm very pleased to see how successful that project has been, and it continues to grow. After earning my Ph.D. in atmospheric science, I accepted a postdoctoral research position at the Carnegie Institute for Science's Department of Global Ecology, located at Stanford University. I continued my study of geoengineering and began to develop an interest in both marine carbonate chemistry and climate feedbacks. I then moved to a postdoctoral position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where I am currently employed as a research scientist. To see what I'm working on these days, please click "Research" at the top of this page.