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


  • Model Hierarchies for Understanding Atmospheric Circulation REVIEWS OF GEOPHYSICS Maher, P., Gerber, E. P., Medeiros, B., Merlis, T. M., Sherwood, S., Sheshadri, A., Sobel, A. H., Vallis, G. K., Voigt, A., Zurita-Gotor, P. 2019; 57 (2): 250–80
  • 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