Christopher Skinner

Christopher Skinner is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

His research explores how natural and anthropogenic perturbations to the earth system influence the characteristics of climate and weather events. He is interested in using this information to better understand the role of climate and weather in shaping societies and ecosystems in the past, and to prepare for climate-related impacts in the future. His research methods are primarily computational and involve running, analyzing, and improving process models of the earth system. He has published research on the relationship between rising CO2 and storm system intensity, on the role of plant physiological changes in shaping heat wave temperatures, and on the climate factors that allowed for the establishment of past human settlements in the present-day Sahara Desert. Motivated students with strong computational backgrounds that are interested in any of these topics should not hesitate to contact Dr. Skinner about potential graduate student opportunities in his lab.

Prior to joining UMass Lowell, Chris was a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the University of Michigan. He holds a BS in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University, and a PhD in Environmental Earth System Science from Stanford University.

Research Areas

Climate Change;  Climate Modeling;  Extreme Weather;  Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions


ATMO 5100  Regional Weather and Climate Modeling
ATMO 4080/5080  The Climate System
ATMO 5050 Atmospheric Measurements and Data Analysis

Selected Awards

Elucidating the drivers and consequences of changes in atmospheric rivers from the last glacial maximum to the present day – National Science Foundation, 2019 – 2022

Additonal Info

UMass Lowell Faculty Page
UMass Lowell Climate System Dynamics Group Page


Dr. Christopher Skinner
Assistant Professor
Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
UMass Lowell
Olney Hall
Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 934-3900