Riley Brady

  • Program Year: 3
  • Academic Institution: University of Colorado
  • Field of Study: Ocean Biogeochemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Nicole Lovenduski
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2018)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Marine Science, University of South Carolina, 2016
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Summary of Research

I analyze output from state-of-the-art Earth System Models (ESMs) to understand the impacts of internal climate variability and anthropogenic climate change on regional ocean biogeochemistry. In particular, I focus on carbon dynamics and carbonate chemistry in Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems. My toolkit generally includes multi-model and single-model climate ensembles, which I use in quantifying uncertainty in long-term projections. On occasion, I assess satellite and in situ products, but am most eager to use supercomputers in my work. My end goal for any project is to use proper data visualization, typography, and communication to make my science accessible to anyone.


1. Brady RX, MA Alexander, RR Rykaczewski, and NS Lovenduski (2017), Emergent anthropogenic trends in California Current upwelling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL072945.
2. Brady, R. X., Lovenduski, N. S., Alexander, M. A., Jacox, M., and Gruber, N.: On the role of climate modes in modulating the air-sea CO2 fluxes in Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems, Biogeosciences Discuss.,, in review, 2018.

1. Brady, RX, Lovenduski, NS, Alexander, MA, Jacox, M, Gruber, N. "On the role of climate modes in modulating the air-sea CO2 fluxes in Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems." 12th Graduate Climate Conference: Pack Forest, WA. November 2018. (Talk)
2. Brady, RX, Lovenduski, NS, Alexander, MA, Jacox, M, Gruber, N. "What controls the variability of CO2 fluxes in Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems?" Ocean Sciences Meeting: Portland, OR. February 2018. (Talk)
3. Brady, RX, Lovenduski, NS. "CO2 Flux Variability in Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems." 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference: Interlaken, Switzerland. August 2017. (Poster)
4. Brady, RX, Rykaczewski, RR, Alexander, MA. "Emergence of Anthropogenic Trends in California Current Upwelling in the Presence of Natural Climate Variability." Ocean Sciences Meeting: New Orleans, LA. February 2016. (Poster)
5. Brady, RX, Rykaczewski RR, Alexander, MA. "The Influence of Natural Variability on Future California Current Upwelling." AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA. December 2015. (Talk)
6. Brady, RX, Alexander, MA, Rykaczewski, RR. "Quantifying Natural and Anthropogenic Variation in California Current Upwelling." Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference: South Lake Tahoe, CA. September 2015. (Talk)
7. Brady, RX, Rykaczewski, RR. "Consequences of Changing High-Pressure Zones on Future Coastal Upwelling." Ocean Sciences Meeting: Honolulu, HI. February 2014. (Poster)


Academic Honors:
2016 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
2016 Outstanding Undergraduate in Marine Science
2016 DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow
2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
2013 Ernest F. Hollings Scholar
2012 McNair Scholar

Presentation Awards:
2016 1st Place in Oceanography: Earth System & Space Science Poster Conference.
2015 Best Student Talk Award: Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference.
2014 Outstanding Student Presentation Award: Ocean Sciences Meeting. (Poster)