Katerina Gonzales is a climate scientist who studies extreme weather and climate events in order to help communities adapt to climate change. She earned her PhD in climate dynamics at Stanford University, and previously, studied Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines.
Born and raised in Colorado, she remembers growing up with wildfires erupting across the region in the summer and warmer winters leading to more pine beetle tree deaths. Her career is dedicated to making our natural and social environments more habitable, equitable, and liberative for all.
Kat’s dissertation researched characteristics and impacts of atmospheric rivers making landfall along the U.S. West Coast. She is interested in identifying relevant storm characteristics to inform adaptation to changes in floods and water availability associated with atmospheric river impacts.
Now at the U of M, Kat is a postdoctoral fellow with Heidi Roop, working to bridge climate research to application.
Gonzales, Katerina R., Daniel L. Swain, Elizabeth A. Barnes, and Noah S. Diffenbaugh. "Moisture‐versus wind‐dominated flavors of atmospheric rivers."Geophysical Research Letters47, no. 23 (2020): e2020GL090042.
Gonzales, Katerina R., Daniel L. Swain, Kyle M. Nardi, Elizabeth A. Barnes, and Noah S. Diffenbaugh. "Recent warming of landfalling atmospheric rivers along the west coast of the United States."Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres124, no. 13 (2019): 6810-6826.