Dr. Jen Kay
Dr. Jen Kay (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). With her group and scientific collaborators around the world, Jen works at the nexus of observations and modeling to understand the processes controlling climate change and variability. A specific focus is connecting global coupled climate modeling with observed cloud, precipitation, and sea ice processes. Jen Kay teaches data and climate science to undergraduate and graduate students at CU-Boulder. She is passionate about communicating climate science and all things cold. In addition to POW, Jen works with Polar Bears International, a non-profit whose research, education, and action programs address the issues that are endangering polar bears. Jen has authored over 80+ peer-reviewed papers about climate change and variability. In recognition of her contributions to climate science, she has received a CU Provost Faculty Achievement Award (2018), the American Geophysical Union Future Horizons in Climate Science Turco Lectureship (2018), and the American Meteorological Society Houghton G. Houghton Award (2016).