Julia L Simpson

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Graduate Student, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

500 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027


Julia's research is conducted through the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Science and Technology Center, Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics (LEAP). She focuses on exchanges between the ocean and atmosphere, specifically examining ocean heat uptake. She uses machine learning to leverage in situ observations, remote sensing, and climate models to improve parameterizations of air-sea fluxes of heat and momentum.


She is co-advised by Dr. Pierre Gentine (from Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Laure Zanna (a Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere/Ocean Science at New York University), working in the Gentine Lab and Dr. Zanna’s Climate & Ocean Physics Group, respectively.


Julia received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked as an engineering consultant in process, energy, and environmental engineering for two years before starting a PhD at Columbia University in 2022.