Elizabeth Barnes is an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Her research focuses on large-scale atmospheric dynamics and their response to climate change, atmospheric mixing and transport, stratosphere-troposphere exchange, the role of moisture in the general circulation, and the influence of atmospheric circulations on global and regional air quality. Her primary research objective is to understand the mechanisms driving the variability of the atmosphere to better interpret and predict its behavior over a range of climates.
She is a recipient of the 2014 James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award, given by the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.
Barnes earned a dual B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Washington in 2012. Barnes was a Goldwater Scholar in 2006.