Hello, my name is Catherine Pomposi and welcome to my personal webpage. I am a postdoctoral research scientist within the PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) program of UCAR CPAESS. I am working with the Climate Hazards Group at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) to complete work on understanding precipitation variability and drought occurrence throughout Africa in support of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). I am broadly interested in regional climate variability and climate change, specifically with regards to the hydrologic cycle and its impacts on societies. I am also interested in how scientific findings can serve society and the role that scientists can play in the policy-making sphere.
In addition to my research interests, I am also passionate about science education and outreach and I was an active mentor of the New York Academy of Science’s STEM Mentoring Program as well as the Citizen Schools Mentoring Program while I was in graduate school. I am currently an active member of my local pod of 500 Women Scientists and am working to encourage and promote access to STEM education and mentorship opportunities to traditionally under-represented groups in STEM fields. I’ve also participated in a number of climate services workshops in the Sahel where climate information was communicated in order to help build resiliency to then-current conditions.
Aside from my interests in climate science and climate variability, I am an avid sports fan, particularly college basketball (go UConn!), runner, lover of all foods, and traveler.