Cronin, Timothy

Timothy Cronin
Assistant Professor, EAPS
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Former Research Assistant, Joint Program




I am interested in lots of different subjects related to climate, especially idealized modeling of the atmosphere and atmosphere-land system with single-column and limited-area models. A (non-exhaustive) list of my research interests is below.

1) Cold air formation in warmer climates

2) Self-aggregation of convection

3) Diurnal Cycle and Island Rainfall

4) Boundary Layer Sensitivity

5) Details about Radiative-Convective Equilibrium

6) Tropical Cyclones in odd environments

7) Hadley Circulation and Eddies


NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016)
Harvard University Center for the Environment Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016)
Award for Excellence in Teaching, for role as Teaching Assistant in Spring 2013 course “Theoretical Environmental Analysis”, EAPS, MIT (2013)
Martin Fellow, Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, MITEI (2011-2012)
Climate Co-Lab finalist and presenter to US Congress, MIT Center forCollective Intelligence (2010)
Presidential Fellow, MIT (2009-2010)

Education + Credentials
B.A., Physics, Swarthmore College, 2006
Ph.D., Climate Physics and Chemistry, MIT, 2014

Recent Publications

Student Dissertation or Thesis
Cronin, T. (2014). PhD Thesis, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Reilly, J, J. Melillo, Y. Cai, D. Kicklighter, A. Gurgel, S. Paltsev, T. Cronin, A. Sokolov, A Schlosser (2012). Environmental Science and Technology, 46(11): 5572-5679 [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Felzer, B.S., T.W. Cronin, D.W. Kicklighter, J.M. Melillo, C.A. Schlosser and S.R.S. Dangal (2011). Journal of Geophysical Research, Biogeosciences, 116(G03023): 1-23
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Gurgel, A., T. Cronin, J. Reilly, S. Paltsev, D. Kicklighter, and J. Melillo (2011). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 93(2): 342-348
Conference Proceedings Paper
Reilly, J., A. Gurgel, T. Cronin, S. Paltsev, D. Kicklighter and J. Melillo (2011). Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Conference Paper, Presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis (Venice, Italy, June 16-18)

News + Media

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Apr 15, 2022
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Sep 25, 2018