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Physical Scientist

Biogeochemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Ecosystems Division

Curriculum vitae


Contact Information:

phone (609) 452-6563


Focus Areas:

  • Quantifying chemistry and aerosols effect on climate
  • Role of the deep ocean on climate
  • Global climate and carbon variability during the last millennium
  • Southern Ocean carbon variability during the last millennium
  • Role of the Central American Seaway on ocean circulation, climate, and ocean biogeochemistry
  • Impact of historical land use change on terrestrial carbon

Lori Thompson Sentman

Research Interests

Developing and using comprehensive climate and biogeochemical models – 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

  • Allen, R., L.W. Horowitz, V. Naik, N. Oshima, F.M. O’Connor, S. Turnock, et al. (in press). Significant climate benefits from near-term climate forcer mitigation in spite of aerosol reductions. Env. Res. Lett.
  • Allen, R.J., S. Turnock, P. Nabat, D. Neubauer, Ü. Lohmann, D. Olivie, et al. 2020: Climate and air quality impacts due to mitigation of non-methane near-term climate forcers. Atmospheric Chem. Phys., 20(16),
  • Dunne, J. P., et al. 2020: Comparison of equilibrium climate sensitivity estimates from slab ocean, 150-year, and longer simulations. Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, e2020GL088852.
  • Dunne, J. P., et al. 2020: The GFDL Earth System Model version 4.1 (GFDL ESM4.1): Overall coupled model description and simulation characteristics. J. Adv. Model., 12,
  • Morgenstern, O., F.M. O’Connor,  B. Johnson, G. Zeng, J.P. Mulcahy, J. Williams, et al. 2020: Reappraisal of the Climate Impacts of Ozone-Depleting Substances. Geophys. Res. Lett., 47(20),
  • Stevenson, D.S., A. Zhao, V. Naik, F.M. O’Connor, S. Tilmes, G. Zeng, et al. 2020: Trends in global tropospheric hydroxyl radical and methane lifetime since 1850 from AerChemMIP. Atmospheric Chem. Phys., 20(21),
  • 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., J.P. Dunne, R.J. Stouffer, J.P. Krasting, J.R. Toggweiler, A.J. Broccoli, 2018: 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, 33(7),
  • 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, Y., G. Chepurin, G. Stenchikov, A. Robock, L.T. Sentman, and J. Krasting, 2014: Ocean Response to Volcanic Eruptions in Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 5 (CMIP5) Simulations. J. Geophys. Res. – Oceans, 119(9),
  • Dunne, J. P., J. John, E. Shevliakova, R.J. Stouffer, J.P. Krasting, S. Malyshev, et al. 2013: GFDL’s ESM2 global coupled climate-carbon Earth System Models Part II: Carbon system formulation and baseline simulation characteristics. J. Climate, 26(7),
  • Dunne, J.P., J. John, A. Adcroft, S.M. Griffies, R.W. Hallberg, E. Shevliakova, et al. 2012: GFDL’s ESM2 global coupled climate-carbon Earth System Models Part I: Physical formulation and baseline simulation characteristics. J. Climate25(19),
  • Sentman, L.T., E. Shevliakova, R.J. Stouffer, and S. Malyshev, 2011: Time scales of terrestrial carbon response related to land-use application: Implications for initializing an earth system model. Earth Interactions15(30),
  • Shevliakova, E., S.W. Pacala, S. Malyshev, P.C.D. Milly, and L.T. Sentman, 2009: Carbon cycling under 300 years of land use change: Importance of the secondary vegetation sink. Global Biogeochemical Cycles23, GB2022, [Abstract PDF].