Claire Zarakas

  • Program Years: 2019-2023
  • Academic Institution: University of Washington
  • Field of Study: Atmospheric Sciences
  • Academic Advisor: Abigail Swann
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2021)
  • Degree(s):
    A.B. Geosciences, Princeton University, 2016

Current Status


Zarakas, C.M., Swann, A.L., Lague, M.M., Armour, K.C. and Randerson, J.T., 2020. Plant Physiology Increases the Magnitude and Spread of the Transient Climate Response to CO2 in CMIP6 Earth System Models. Journal of Climate, 33(19), pp.8561-8578.

Sanderson, B.M., Wobus, C., Mills, D., Zarakas, C., Crimmins, A., Sarofim, M.C. and Weaver, C., 2019. Informing Future Risks of Record-Level Rainfall in the United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(7), pp.3963-3972.

Wobus, C., Zarakas, C., Malek, P., Sanderson, B., Crimmins, A., Kolian, M., Sarofim, M. and Weaver, C.P., 2018. Reframing Future Risks of Extreme Heat in the United States. Earth's Future, 6(9), pp.1323-1335.


- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2018 - 2019; declined remaining years to accept DOE CSGF)
- Program on Climate Change Graduate Fellowship, University of Washington (2018 - 2019)
- Hollings Scholarship, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2014 - 2016)

- UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate Travel Grant (2022)
- UW College of the Environment Travel and Meeting Award (2022)
- UW Graduate Student Conference Presentation Award (2022)
- Andrew Slater Award (2022)
- Top Scholar Award, University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2018)
- Sigma Xi Book Award, Princeton University, Department of Geosciences (2016)
- Elected to membership in the Sigma Xi Society, Princeton University (2016)
- Graduated with Highest Honors, Princeton University (2016)
- Benjamin F. Howell Class of 1913 Prize, Princeton University, Department of Geosciences (2015)

- Technical Innovation Award, Abt Associates (2018)
- Spot Recognition Award, Abt Associates (2016)