Bio


I joined Stanford's Earth System Science department as an assistant professor in January 2018. Prior to this, I was a a Junior Fellow of the Simons Foundation in New York, and a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s Department of Applied Physics and Applied Math the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, hosted by Lorenzo M. Polvani. I got my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, in the Program for Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, where I worked with R. Alan Plumb. I’m broadly interested in atmosphere and ocean dynamics, climate variability, and general circulation.

I'm particularly interested in fundamental questions in atmospheric dynamics, which I address using a combination of theory, observations, and both idealized and comprehensive numerical experiments. Current areas of focus include the dynamics, variability, and change of the mid-latitude jets and storm tracks and the stratospheric polar vortex.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • Junior Fellow, Simons Society of Fellows (2015-2017)
  • Best student presentation award, AMS conference on the middle atmosphere (2015)
  • Lord foundation fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012-2013)
  • Dean of Science Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010-2011)
  • J.N. Tata Fellowship, J. N. Tata endowment (2007-2008)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Steering committee member, Stratospheric network for the assessment of predictability (2017 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Atmospheric Science (2015)
  • S. M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aeronautics and Astronautics (2009)
  • B. E., R. V. College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (2007)

2018-19 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • Orography and the Boreal Winter Stratosphere: the Importance of the Mongolian mountains Geopysical Research Letters White, R. H., Battisti, D. S., Sheshadri, A. 2018

    View details for DOI 10.1002/2018GL077098

  • Sudden stratospheric warming formation in an idealized General Circulation Model using three types of tropospheric forcing Journal of Geophysical research: Atmospheres Lindgren, E. A., Sheshadri, A., Plumb, R. A. 2018; 123

    View details for DOI 10.1029/2018JD028537

  • The vertical structure of annular modes Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences Sheshadri, A., Plumb, R. A., Lindgren, E. A., Domeisen, D. I. 2018; 75: 3507-3519

    View details for DOI 10.1175/JAS-D-17-0399.1

  • Propagating Annular Modes: Empirical Orthogonal Functions, Principal Oscillation Patterns, and Time Scales JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES Sheshadri, A., Plumb, R. A. 2017; 74 (5): 1345-1361
  • A perspective on climate model hierarchies Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems Jeevanjee, N., Hassanzadeh, P., Hill, S., Sheshadri, A. 2017; 9 (4): 1760-1771

    View details for DOI 10.1002/2017MS001038

  • Observed Changes in the Southern Hemispheric Circulation in May JOURNAL OF CLIMATE Ivy, D. J., Hilgenbrink, C., Kinnison, D., Plumb, R. A., Sheshadri, A., Solomon, S., Thompson, D. W. 2017; 30 (2): 527-536
  • The Relationship between Age of Air and the Diabatic Circulation of the Stratosphere JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES Linz, M., Plumb, R. A., Gerber, E. P., Sheshadri, A. 2016; 73 (11): 4507-4518
  • Sensitivity of the surface responses of an idealized AGCM to the timing of imposed ozone depletion-like polar stratospheric cooling GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Sheshadri, A., Plumb, R. A. 2016; 43 (5): 2330-2336
  • Seasonal Variability of the Polar Stratospheric Vortex in an Idealized AGCM with Varying Tropospheric Wave Forcing JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES Sheshadri, A., Plumb, R. A., Gerber, E. P. 2015; 72 (6): 2248-2266
  • Can the Delay in Antarctic Polar Vortex Breakup Explain Recent Trends in Surface Westerlies JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES Sheshadri, A., Plumb, R. A., Domeisen, D. I. 2014; 71 (2): 566-573
  • Modeling Traveling Waves using Mode Superposition PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME 29TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON OCEAN, OFFSHORE AND ARCTIC ENGINEERING, 2010, VOL 1 Jaiswal, V., Sheshadri, A., Vandiver, J. K. 2010: 521-527
  • AN EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION OF VORTEX-INDUCED VIBRATION OF A RISER BUNDLE WITH GAPS OMAE 2009, VOL 5 Vandiver, J. K., Cheng, Y., Jaiswal, V., Sheshadri, A., Yu, A. 2009: 695-705