Dr. Michela Biasutti is a Lamont Associate Research Professor. She graduated cum laude in physics at the University of Trieste in 1995. A growing interest in climate modeling and climate dynamics brought her first to visit research centers in Bologna (Italy) and College Park (M.D.), and then to pursue graduate studies in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), where she received her M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2003). She joined the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in 2004, first as a post-doctoral scholar and then as faculty.
Her research interests focus on the variability of rainfall in the tropics, from the fast development of weather systems to the dynamics of long-term droughts and pluvials associated with man-made and geological climate changes. She has enjoyed collaborating with scholars outside her discipline, working on the effect of climate change on African ecosystems and crops and on the legal framework of UN-led climate change adaptation. She lives in Manhattan, with her husband and son.