RICH FIORELLA, PhD CandidateRich Fiorella

Research Interests

Future climate change and population growth threatens the availability of sufficient water in regions where resources are already stressed, such as the Bolivian Altiplano. My research uses regional models to assess future climate variability on the Altiplano, focusing especially on changes in the hydrological cycle relevant to agriculture.


B.S., Chemistry / B.A., Environmental Studies,
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2009)


Fiorella, R.P. and C.J. Poulsen (2013). "Dehumidification over Tropical Continents Reduces Climate Sensitivity and Inhibits Snowball Earth Initiation, Part I: Climate Dynamics." Journal of Climate, in press.


I grew up just outside of Buffalo, NY, and moved to Pittsburgh for college, where I studied chemistry. During my undergraduate studies, I realized that I was more interested in studying the environment, and particularly how the climate system works, than I was in chemistry. I graduated in December 2009 and taught at the University of Pittsburgh for the Spring 2010 semester, arriving at the University of Michigan in the fall. Away from my research, I enjoy traveling, rock climbing, cycling, and skiing.

Contact Information

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan
1100 North University Avenue
2534 C.C. Little Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005

Office: 2008 C.C. Little
Phone: 734-647-5636