Geeta Persad is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Princeton University’s Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Her research is focused on understanding the interaction between aerosols and climate using state-of-the-science numerical climate models. In particular, she is interested in the unique role that aerosol absorption plays in regional circulation and precipitation, and ways in which localized aerosol forcing can have remote climate impacts.
Geeta passionately believes in climate scientists' responsibility to communicate their science effectively to the public and policymakers and to invest in understanding the broader implications of their scientific work. She is currently cultivating her ability to interface with decisionmakers as a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Fellow in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Geeta received her B.S. with honors in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2010. Prior to beginning her PhD, she served as a Physical Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey. She is a member of the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars, through which she organizes climate science outreach events for local high school students, and is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the AMS Graduate/Industry Fellowship.
Outside of work, Geeta enjoys theater and dance, both as a purveyor and as a consumer, as well as good food, particularly from her family’s home country of Trinidad and Tobago.