Brief CV

 

Karen Smith is an Assistant Professor, Teaching-Stream at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research focuses on climate and atmospheric variability of the mid-latitude and polar regions. She uses a hierarchy of physics-based numerical models and statistical techniques to examine the mechanisms that drive climate variability and to quantify the relative importance of natural variability and human-induced forcing on observed climate trends.

Karen is committed to climate science education. She was previously employed at the American Museum of Natural History as a course scientist for the online education program, Seminars on Science.

 

Education

 

Ph.D., 2011, Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

M.Sc., 2004, Environmental Science and Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

B.Sc., 2002, Mathematics and Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

 

Current Positions

 

Assistant Professor, Teaching-Stream, University of Toronto Scarborough

Adjunct Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

 

Past Positions

 

Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Visiting Scientist, NASA GISS

Course Scientist, Seminars on Science, American Museum of Natural History

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (2011-2013)