Sofia Menemenlis

I am a PhD candidate in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences program at Princeton University, working with Prof. Gabriel Vecchi. I am interested in how changes in climate affect the weather—especially storms and extreme rainfall. My research draws on observations and numerical models for insight into past & future climates.

The HMEI-STEP (Science, Technology, & Environmental Policy) graduate fellowship provides half of my funding from fall 2023 through spring 2025. My STEP project, advised by Prof. Michael Oppenheimer, examines interactions between science and law in cases involving impacts of heavy rainfall in New York City. 

Previously, I worked with Prof. Juan Lora in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Yale University.


Under review: Menemenlis, S., Vecchi, G. A., Gao, K., Smith, J. A., Cheng, K. (2023). Extreme rainfall risk in Hurricane Ida’s aftermath: an analysis with convection-permitting ensemble hindcasts.

Menemenlis, S., White, S. M., Ibarra, D. E., Lora, J. M. (2022). A proxy-model comparison for mid-Pliocene warm period hydroclimate in the Southwestern US. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 596, 117803.

Menemenlis, S., Lora, J. M., Lofverstrom, M., Chandan, D. (2021). Influence of stationary waves on mid-Pliocene atmospheric rivers and hydroclimate. Global and Planetary Change 204, 103557.