Dr. Sylvia Dee


Sylvia Dee completed her undergraduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with certificates in Geological Engineering and Environmental Sciences at Princeton University. She completed her Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Julien Emile-Geay in the USC Earth Sciences department, earning a doctorate in Climate Dynamics. She is currently a Voss Postdoctoral Fellow with the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society at Brown University. Sylvia's research projects include topics in climate modeling and climate of the past millennium, using general circulation models (GCMs) and proxy system models (PSMs) to explore the dynamics of the tropical climate system. 

Sylvia is the developer of the water isotope-enabled, fast-physics atmospheric dynamical model, SPEEDY. SPEEDY allows for multi-centennial simulations of common era climate, which, coupled with proxy system models for water isotope-based proxy records, facilitates the comparison of model output to proxy records.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Brown University

Institute for Environment and Society (IBES)

Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences


Dr. Steven Clemens

Dr. Jung-Eun Lee

Dr. James Russell





Office: MacMillon 113

Phone: 609-751-3492

Twitter: @DrSpeedyDee

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Ph.D. Geosciences (2015)

Climate Dyanamics

University of Southern California

Advisor: Dr. Juien Emile-Geay

B.S.E. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University (2010)

Minor: Geological Engineering

Minor: Environmental Studies


Climate Change (GEOL 150)

Fall 2010, 2012 (Stott)

Spring 2011,2014 (Emile-Geay)

Department Service:

Graduate Student Department Representative (2011-2012)

Graduate Student Senator (2013-2014)

Bio and Research

News and Upcoming Events:

  1. BulletUpcoming Talks: AGU 2016

Title:  Partitioning the effects of Global Warming on the Hydrological Cycle with Stable Isotopes in Water Vapor

Session Date and Time: Tuesday, 13 December 2016; 13:40 - 15:40

Session Number and Title: PP23E: Water Isotope Systematics - Improving Modern and Paleoclimate Interpretations II

Location: Moscone West; 2012

Title:  Last Millennium External Forcing Undetectable in Coral Records of Central Pacific Climate

Session: Climate of the Common Era
Session Date and Time: Friday, 16 December 2016; 10:20 - 12:20
Session Number and Title: PP52A: Climate of the Common Era III
Location: Moscone West; 2012

Check out our Session at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2016!

Session Number: PP33D

Session Title: Quantitative Approaches to Paleoclimate Data, Models, and Their Intercomparison

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 in Moscone West; 2003