Colin Zarzycki

Colin Zarzycki

  • Assistant Professor of Meteorology and Climate Dynamics
520 Walker Building
University Park, PA 5013
Phone: (814) 863-6888


  1. Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan (2014)
  2. M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois (2010)
  3. B.S., Atmospheric Science, Cornell University (2008)


Prior to arriving at Penn State, I was a Project Scientist jointly in the Climate and Global Dynamics and Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology laboratories at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) after two years as an Advanced Study Program (ASP) postdoctoral fellow. I completed my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan under Christiane Jablonowski after receiving an M.S. in Environmental Engineering while working with Tami Bond at the University of Illinois. My undergraduate degree is also in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University. Of course, I am still a native New Englander at heart, having grown up in rural Connecticut.

Research Interests:

My research is, broadly, centered around simulating extreme atmospheric phenomena and bridging the gap between weather and climate. In particular, I am focused on cutting-edge, high-resolution modeling techniques. This allows for multiple research directions, including regional weather and climate prediction on timescales ranging from days to decades, the development of dynamical cores and sub-grid physical parameterizations, and software engineering on petascale computing systems. I have also used these techniques to investigate tropical cyclone dynamics in global climate models and to improve the community's capability to objectively detect weather extremes in "big (climate) data."