Cindy Shellito

Bill Hoyt

Associate Professor of Meteorology

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Ph.D.  University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004, Earth Science
M. S.  University of California, Davis, 1998, Atmospheric Science
B. S.  University of California, Davis, 1993, Atmospheric Science
Contact Information Courses Taught
  • MET 110 The Violent Atmosphere
  • MET 205 General Meteorology
  • MET 401/402 Dynamic Meteorology
  • MET 451/551 Climatology
  • MET 452/552 Paleoclimatology
  • MET 460 Mesoscale Meteorology
  • MET 495/595 Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in Popular Fiction
  • ESCI 599 Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Seminar
  • ESCI 605 Global Change (online graduate course)
Research and Professional Activities

Paleoclimatology, Climate Change, Geoscience Education
My primary areas of specialization include paleoclimate modeling and science education. Modeling interests focus on the role of greenhouse gases in rapid climate transitions, dynamical mechanisms responsible for maintaining warm climates in Earth’s history, and dynamic and radiative feedbacks between climate and vegetation. Educational interests involve research on using numerical and conceptual models to facilitate inquiry and learning among students in the classroom.


Winguth, A., C. Shellito, C. Shields, and C. Winguth, 2010. Climate Response at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum to Greenhouse Gas Forcing – A Model Study with CCSM3, Journal of Climate, 23, 2562-2584.

Shellito, C. J., J.F. Lamarque, and L.C. Sloan, 2009. Early Eocene Arctic Climate Sensitivity to pCO2 and Basin Geography, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L09707, doi:10.1029/2009GL037248.

Shellito, C. J., and L.C. Sloan, 2006. Reconstructing a Lost Eocene Paradise, Part I: Simulating the Change in Global Floral Distribution at the Initial Eocene Thermal Maximum, Global and Planetary Change, 50, 1-17.

Shellito, C. J., and L.C. Sloan, 2006. Reconstructing a Lost Eocene Paradise, Part II: On the Utility of Dynamic Global Vegetation Models in Pre-Quaternary Climate Studies, Global and Planetary Change, 50, 18-32.

Shellito, C.J., L.C. Sloan, and M. Huber, 2003. Climate model sensitivity to atmospheric CO2 levels in the early-middle Paleogene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 193, 113-123.

Huber, M., L.C. Sloan and C. Shellito, 2003. Early Paleogene oceans and climate: A fully coupled modeling approach using the NCAR CCSM, in Wing, S.L., Gingerich, P.D., Schmitz, B. and Thomas, E., eds., Causes and Consequences of Globally Warm Climates in the Early Paleogene: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Special Paper 369, p. 25-47.

Shellito, C., K. Shea, G. Weissmann, A. Mueller-Solger, and W. Davis, 2001. Suggestions for Effective Mentoring of Undergraduate Researchers. Journal of College Science Teaching, 30, 460-464.


Magazine/Newletter Articles:

Shellito, C., Lamarque, J. F., and Kiehl, J., 2007. Paleocene-Eocene Data Model Integration: National Center for Atmospheric Research Workshop on Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum Data-Model Integration. EOS, 88:35.

Shellito, C.J., 2006. Catastrophe and Opportunity in an Ancient Hot-House Climate. Geotimes, 51:10, 19-21.