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Jennifer Gahtan

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-304

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Atmospheric Physics And Weather


Jennifer Gahtan is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow analyzing stratospheric equatorial waves and their connection to the MJO and QBO. She completed her PhD at the University at Albany-SUNY on the topic of extratropical precursors to the onset of Madden-Julian Oscillation convection over the western Indian Ocean.


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University at Albany-SUNY (2019)
  • B.Sc., Meteorology and Mathematics, University of Miami (2012)

Professional Experience

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow (August 2019 – present)

Research Interests

  • Large-Scale Tropical Meteorology
  • Stratosphere-Troposphere interactions
  • Tropical-Extratropical Interactions
  • Remote Sensing Observations

Selected Awards

  • Second Place Oral Presentation Award - Sixth Symposium on the Madden-Julian Oscillation and Sub-Seasonal Monsoon Variability, 98th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (2018)
  • National Science Foundation Travel Grant - RossbyPalooza, Workshop on Climate Meets Statistics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2016)
  • American Meteorological Society Department of Energy Atmospheric System Research Graduate Fellowship (2012-2013)

Selected Publications

  1. Gahtan, J, and PE. Roundy, 2021: Meridional movement of geopotential height anomalies in the subtropics and the relationship to the base‐state flow. Q. J. Royal Meteorol. Soc., 147, 627– 646.
  2. Gahtan, J. and PE. Roundy, 2020: Wavelet isolation of meridionally moving geopotential height perturbations near the subtropics of eastern Africa and their relationship with the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Q. J. Royal Meteorol. Soc., 146, 380-400.
  3. Gahtan, J. and P. Roundy, 2019: Extratropical Influence on 200-hPa Easterly Acceleration over the Western Indian Ocean Preceding Madden–Julian Oscillation Convective Onset. J. Atmos. Sci., 76, 265–284,