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Joshua Cuzzone

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Sea Level And Ice

Research Affiliate (UCLA-JIFRESSE)

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  • Ph.D. in Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (2014)
  • M.S. in Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2010)
  • B.S. in Meteorology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2007)

Professional Experience

  • Project Scientist, University of California-Los Angeles, JIFRESSE (2021-present).
  • Assistant Project Scientist, University of California - Irvine, Irvine, CA (2019-2021)
  • Postdoctoral scholar, University of California - Irvine, Irvine, CA (2016-2019)
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/CalTech, Pasadena, CA (2015 - 2016)

Research Interests

Ice-sheet modeling, paleoclimate, Ice sheet-atmosphere interactions, data assimilation of paleoclimate archives in ice-sheet models. Climate dynamics

Selected Publications

  1. Ye, Shan, Marcott, S, Cuzzone, J, Heyman, J., Licciardi, J., Quinn, D, Ward, D. A qualitative assessment of snow shielding effects on surface exposure dating from western North American 10Be data compilation. Quaternary Geochronology. 2022.
  2. Cuzzone, J., Morlighem, M., Young, N., Briner, J., Schlegel, N. Simulating the Holocene deglaciation across a marine terminating portion of Southwestern Greenland in response to marine and atmospheric forcings. The Cryosphere. 2022.
  3. Payne, A. J, Nowicki, S., Abe-Ouchi, A., [et al, including Cuzzone, J.]. Future sea level change under CMIP5 and CMIP6 scenarios from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Geophysical Research Letters. 48. 2021.
  4. Edwards, T., Nowicki, S., Marzeion, B., [et al, including Cuzzone, J.]. Projected land ice contributions to twenty-first century sea level rise. Nature. 593. 74-82. 2021.
  5. Young, N.E., Lesnek, A., Cuzzone, J., Briner, J., Badgeley, J., Balter-Kennedy, A., Graham, B., Cluett, A., Lamp, J., Schwartz, R., Tuna, T., Bard, E., Caffee, M., Zimmerman, S., Schaefer, J. Cosmogenic isotope measurements from recently deglaciated bedrock as a new tool to decipher changes in Greenland Ice Sheet size. The Cryosphere. 2021.
  6. Briner, J.P., Cuzzone, J.K, J.A. Badgeley, N.E. Young, E.J. Steig, M. Morlighem, N.-J. Schlegel, G.J. Hakim, J.M. Schaefer, J.V. Johnson, A.J. Lesnek, E.K. Thomas, E. Allan, O. Bennike, A.A. Cluett, B. Csatho, A. de Vernal, J. Downs, E. Larour and S. Nowicki, Rate of mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet will exceed Holocene values this century, Nature. 586 2020. 70-74.
  7. H. Goelzer, S. Nowicki, A. Payne, E. Larour, H. Seroussi, W.H. Lipscomb, J. Gregory, A. Abe-Ouchi, A. Shepherd, E. Simon, C. Agosta, P. Alexander, A. Aschwanden, A. Barthel, R. Calov, C. Chambers, Y. Choi, Cuzzone, J.K., C. Dumas, T. Edwards, D. Felikson, X. Fettweis, N.R. Golledge, R. Greve, A. Humbert, P. Huybrechts, S. Le clec ‘h, V. Lee, G. Leguy, C. Little, D.P. Lowry, M. Morlighem, I. Nias, A. Quiquet, M. Rückamp, N.-J. Schlegel, D.A. Slater, R.S. Smith, F. Straneo, L. Tarasov, R. van de Wal and M. van den Broeke, The future sea-level contribution of the Greenland ice sheet: a multi-model ensemble study of ISMIP6, The Cryosphere. 14. 2020.
  8. Young, N., Briner, J., Miller, G., Lesnek, A., Crump, S., Thomas, E., Pendleton, S., Cuzzone, J.K., Lamp, J., Zimmerman, S., Caffee, M., Schaefer, J. Deglaciation of the Greenland and Laurentide ice sheets interrupted by glacier advance during abrupt coolings. Quaternary Science Reviews. 2020.
  9. Lesnek, A., Briner, J., Young, N., Cuzzone, J. Maximum Southwest Greenland Ice Sheet recession in the early Holocene. Geophysical Research Letters. 2020.
  10. Cuzzone, J. K., Schlegel, N.-J., Morlighem, M., Larour, E., Briner, J. P., Serousi, H., and Caron, C.: The impact of model resolution on the simulated Holocene retreat of the Southwestern Greenland Ice Sheet using the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM), The Cryosphere, 2019.
  11. Downs, J., Johnson, J., Briner, J., Young, N., Lesnek, A., and Cuzzone, J.: West Greenland ice sheet retreat history reveals elevated precipitation during the Holocene thermal maximum, The Cryosphere. 2019.
  12. Cuzzone, J. K., Morlighem, M., Larour, E., Schlegel, N., and Seroussi, H. Implementation of higher-order vertical finite elements in ISSM v4.13. for improved ice sheet flow modeling over paleoclimate timescales. 2018. Geosci. Model Dev.,
  13. Leydat, D.J., Carlson, A.E., Teller, J.T., Breckenridge, A., Barth, A.M., Ullman, S.J., Sinclair, G., Milne, G.A. Cuzzone, J.K., Caffee, M.W. 2018. Opening of glacial Lake Agassiz’s eastern outlets by the start of the Younger Dryas cold period. Geology. 46 (2): 155-158.
  14. Barth, A.M, Clark, P.U., Clark, J., Roe, G.H., Marcott, S.A, McCabe, A.M., Caffee, M.W., He, F., Cuzzone, J.K., Dunlop, P. 2017. Persistent millennial-scale glacier fluctuations in Ireland between 24 ka and 10 ka. Geology. 46 (2): 151-154.
  15. Ullman, D., Carlson, A., Hostetler, S.W., Clark, P.U., Cuzzone, J, K., Milne, G., Winsor, K., Caffee, M. 2016. Final Laurentide ice-sheet deglaciation and Holocene climate-sea level change. Quaternary Science Reviews. 152,
  16. Cuzzone, J.K., Clark, P.U., Carlson, A, Ullman, D, Rinterknecht, V., Milne, G., Lunkka, J.P., Marcott, S., Caffee, S. 2016. Final deglaciation of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet and implications for the Holocene global sea-level budget. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 448,
  17. Cuzzone, J.K., Vavrus, S.J. 2011. The relationship between Arctic sea ice and cloud related variables in the ERA-Interim reanalysis and CCSM3. Environ. Res. Lett. 6, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/1/014016