Paul Staten

Paul Staten

Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah, 2013
  • M.S., Meteorology, University of Utah, 2008
  • B.S., Mathematics, Weber State University, 2006

Research interests

I am interested in understanding how the Earth’s atmosphere works. Being a little more specific, my research focuses on changes in the global circulation in the lowest 20 kilometers of the atmosphere, and accompanying changes in cloudiness. I enjoy using both climate models and satellite data in my work. I am also currently co-chair of the US CLIVAR Working Group on the Width of the Tropics.

Planetary Geoscience

Staten’s work on atmospheric flow patterns at planetary scales is relevant for understanding the dynamics of exoplanet atmospheres.


  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, 2015-present.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 2013-2014.
  • Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah, 2006–2013.
  • Intern, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2005.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah, 2013
    Dissertation: The response of the general circulation to imposed forcings.
  • M. S. Meteorology, University of Utah, 2008.
    Thesis: An evaluation of radio occultation measurements for long-term tropopause monitoring.
  • Attended C-SPARC Summer School on Dynamics, long-term memory, and trends in the climate system. 2008.
  • B. S. Mathematics, Weber State University, 2006.