Meghana Ranganathan is a Ph.D student in Climate Science at MIT. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from Swarthmore College and has conducted research in many mathematically inclined fields – including statistical paleontology and operations research – before finding a passion in atmospheric and climate science.
Previously, she analyzed El Nino-Southern Oscillation forecasts at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory under Dr. Michael Tippett. Currently, she is interested in forecasting complex systems that are often hard to fully observe, exhibit chaotic behavior, and are high-dimensional, with the intent to decrease uncertainties in predictions.
Her focus is on glaciology, answering fundamental questions about ice flow with the ultimate goal of better predicting sea level rise. She is also interested in writing and science communication and has written blog posts for Scientific American.