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Physical Scientist

Biogeochemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Ecosystems Division

Curriculum vitae

Contact Information:

phone (609) 452-6563


Focus Areas:

  • Quantifying the effect of chemistry and aerosols on the Earth system
  • Role of the deep ocean on climate sensitivity
  • Southern Ocean carbon variability during the last millennium
  • Role of ocean circulation on global ocean biogeochemistry
  • Role of the Central American Seaway on ocean circulation, climate, and ocean biogeochemistry
  • Global climate and carbon variability on multi-decadal to multi-millennial time scales
  • Impact of historical land use change on biosphere carbon stores and fluxes
  • Sensitivity of CO2 fertilization on climate

Lori Thompson Sentman

Research Interests

Developing and using comprehensive climate and biosphere models of the atmosphere-ocean-ice-land system – Earth System Models (ESMs) – to identify and elucidate physical, biogeochemical and ecological mechanisms, assess and understand climate variability and Earth system predictability on seasonal to multi-millennial time scales, and evaluate the impact of anthropogenic activity on the Earth system in the past, present, and future.

Research Highlights

  • Krasting, J.P., R.J. Stouffer, S.M. Griffies, R.W. Hallberg, S.L. Malyshev, B.L. Samuels, and L.T. Sentman2018Role of Ocean Model Formulation in Climate Response Uncertainty. J. Climate, 319313–9333, 
  • Sentman, L. T., Dunne, J. P., Stouffer, R. J., Krasting, J. P., Toggweiler, J. R., Broccoli, A. J., in press: The Mechanistic Role of the Central American Seaway in a GFDL Earth System Model. Part 1: Impacts on Global Ocean Mean State and Circulation. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. DOI:10.1029/2018PA003364. July 2018.
  • Sentman, L. (2018). How the Central American Seaway alters large-scale ocean
    circulation, climate and marine biogeochemistry, (Doctoral dissertation).
    Retrieved from Rutgers University Community Repository
    ( New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.
  • Ding, Yanni, Gennady Chepurin, Georgiy Stenchikov, Alan Robock, Lori T. Sentman, and John Krasting (2014): Ocean Response to Volcanic Eruptions in Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 5 (CMIP5) SimulationsJournal of Geophysical Research – Oceans.DOI: 10.1002/2013JC009780.
  • Dunne, John P., Jasmin John, Elena Shevliakova, Ronald J Stouffer, John P Krasting, Sergey Malyshev, P C D Milly, Lori T Sentman, Alistair Adcroft, W F Cooke, Krista A Dunne, Stephen M Griffies, Robert W Hallberg, Matthew J Harrison, Hiram Levy II, Andrew T Wittenberg, Peter Phillipps, and N Zadeh, 2013: GFDL’s ESM2 global coupled climate-carbon Earth System Models Part II: Carbon system formulation and baseline simulation characteristicsJournal of Climate. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00150.1. 10/12.
  • Dunne, John P., Jasmin John, Alistair Adcroft, Stephen M Griffies, Robert W Hallberg, Elena Shevliakova, Ronald J Stouffer, W F Cooke, Krista A Dunne, Matthew J Harrison, John P Krasting, Sergey Malyshev, P C D Milly, Peter Phillipps, Lori T Sentman, Bonita L Samuels, Michael J Spelman, Michael Winton, Andrew T Wittenberg, and N Zadeh, October 2012: GFDL’s ESM2 global coupled climate-carbon Earth System Models Part I: Physical formulation and baseline simulation characteristicsJournal of Climate25(19), DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00560.1.
  • Sentman, Lori T., Elena Shevliakova, Ronald J Stouffer, and Sergey Malyshev, October 2011: Time scales of terrestrial carbon response related to land-use application: Implications for initializing an earth system modelEarth Interactions15(30), DOI: 10.1175/2011EI401.1.
  • Shevliakova, Elena, S W Pacala, Sergey Malyshev, P C D Milly, and Lori T Sentman, et al., June 2009: Carbon cycling under 300 years of land use change: Importance of the secondary vegetation sinkGlobal Biogeochemical Cycles23, GB2022, DOI: 10.1029/2007GB003176[Abstract PDF].
  • Anderson, Jeffrey L., Ventakramani Balaji, Anthony J Broccoli, W F Cooke, Thomas L Delworth, Keith W Dixon, Leo J Donner, Krista A Dunne, Stuart Freidenreich, Stephen T Garner, Rich Gudgel, C Tony Gordon, Isaac M Held, Richard S Hemler, Larry W Horowitz, Stephen A Klein, Thomas R Knutson, P J Kushner, Amy R Langenhorst, Ngar-Cheung Lau, Z Liang, Sergey Malyshev, P C D Milly, Mary Jo Nath, Jeff J Ploshay, V Ramaswamy, M Daniel Schwarzkopf, Elena Shevliakova, Joseph J Sirutis, Brian J Soden, William F Stern, Lori T Sentman, R John Wilson, Andrew T Wittenberg, and Bruce Wyman, December 2004: The New GFDL global atmosphere and land model AM2-LM2: Evaluation with prescribed SST simulationsJournal of Climate17(24), 4641-4673.