John Wettlaufer
John Wettlaufer
A.M. Bateman Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Yale University
Elected to the Academy in 2021


University of Puget Sound, 1985, BS, Mathematics and Physics; University of Washington, 1991, PhD.

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Wettlaufer’s research harnesses approaches and methods from modern applied mathematics and physics, experiments and numerical simulations to probe a broad range of environmental and climate problems, especially the microscopic theory of melting of ice.


For outstanding scientific contributions to geophysical fluid dynamics, with major impact on environmental and climate sciences, with special focus on the microscopic dynamics of melting ice sheets and the impact on climate change.