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.


  • 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.