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Gan Zhang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Zhuo Wang

My research aims to improve the predictions of tropical cyclones and other warm-season phenomena. As a dynamist studying both weather and climate, I am particularly interested in bridging the gap between theoretical research and applied research on geophysical fluid dynamics.

Much of my recent research is to explore how tropical cyclone activity is affected by 1) the coupled atmosphere–ocean-land variability, 2) the tropical large-scale circulation, and 3) the tropical–extratropical interactions. I tackle these questions using climate re-analyses, satellite products, and models that span a spectrum of complexity (“model hierarchies”).

When working with high-volume data, I love crafting tools and testing ideas using NCL and Python. Beyond my research, I enjoy exchanging programming knowledge with learners at all levels, as well as playing pick-up volleyball games and embarking on hiking trips and museum tours.