Jennifer Francis

Jennifer Francis is a Senior Scientist at the Woodwell Climate Research Center, where she previously served on the President’s Council. She is world-renowned for her research on Arctic climate change impacts and the resulting effect on weather in other regions of the world. Dr. Francis’ research has focused specifically on the connection between the rapidly warming Arctic and a weakened jet stream. She won the AGU Climate Communication Prize in 2020 for being at the very forefront of climate science and communication and connecting climate change with impacts to society. She is regularly quoted in major media outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Dr. Francis received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1994 and her undergraduate degree from San Jose State.

Outside of Science: Jennifer spends her time outside of science scuba diving, sailing, gardening, and keeping up with two teenage kids.