Kirtman Named Associate Dean for Research at University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School

Ben Kirtman

MIAMI — February 2, 2012 — The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science announced recently that Dr. Benjamin Kirtman has been named Associate Dean for Research. In this new strategic position, Kirtman will provide leadership in identifying and organizing faculty teams to pursue research opportunities.

Kirtman, who has been with the Rosenstiel School for five years, is a climate modeler who uses complex Earth system models to investigate the predictability of the climate system on time scales from days-to-decades and to study the influence of tropical variability on mid-latitude predictability. Kirtman was one of the first to develop an El Niño/La Niña prediction system using sophisticated climate models; and he currently leads a team of government laboratory researchers, academicians and operational climate forecasters in developing a US National Multi-Model prediction system. This new prediction system has been issuing forecasts in real-time since August 2011, and was instrumental in predicting continuing La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific and the associated impact on climate around the globe.

He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is the executive editor of the journal Climate Dynamics. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). Kirtman is also a Coordinating Lead Author of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report, as well as a member of several national and international scientific panels and working groups.

Before joining UM Kirtman held a position as research scientist at the Center for Ocean Land Atmosphere Studies in Calverton, Md., where he studied climate change. He also served as an associate professor of Climate Dynamics at George Mason University. While at UM, Kirtman has advised eight students thusfar, and taught courses in climate, meteorology and oceanography.

“Ben is a faculty member who is very active in scientific leadership both nationally and globally,” said Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of UM’s Rosenstiel School. “He will play a critical role in working with fellow faculty members to obtain grants and recognition in areas that will continue to enhance the School’s academic ranking and fulfill its research goals for the future.”

Kirtman is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego where he received his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. He has a MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland-College Park both awarded in 1992. He and his wife, Deanna live in Coconut Grove, Fla.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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