Climate Variability and Change

My research seeks to understand the mechanisms of predictability on interannual to decadal timescales. Within this framework, I am exploring two general issues: (1) Mechanisms of low frequency variability in the climate system specifically related to air-sea interactions and (2) how this low frequency variability leads to variations in North American hydroclimate. In exploring these issues I use a variety of research tools including coupled climate system models and observational datasets (modern surface and satellite-based records and paleo-climate records).


Prospective Students

Undergraduate students with a strong interest in meteorology, oceanography, and/or climate dynamics are encouraged to apply for admission to the Atmospheric Science/Earth System Science graduate program at FIU. The department offers a limited number of teaching and research assistantships for MS and PhD degrees. We encourage highly qualified applicants to pursue the FIU Presidential Fellowship, which includes a tuition fee waiver and a $30,000/year stipend for 3 years. Interested applicants are encouaged to contact Dr. Burgman by January 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications are due February 15th and must include GRE scores (plus TOEFL for international students), a resume or CV, letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation. Applications can be submitted through FIU Graduate Admissions.


Robert Burgman Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Earth and Environment


11200 SW 8th St PC 319-B
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-6395
Fax: 305-348-3877