Julien Nicolas

Research Associate, Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center

Julien works as a climate researcher at OSU’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. One of the main focus areas of his research is recent climate change in Antarctica and its implications for sea level rise. Julien grew up in France, where he studied political science, physics, and meteorology before coming to OSU in 2008 for his graduate studies and joining the Byrd Center. He received a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from OSU in 2014. Julien’s long-standing interest in climate and ice grew from his upbringing in the French Alps, his passion for mountaineering, and the spectacle of disappearing glaciers. Although Julien had the opportunity to travel to Antarctica in 2011, his experience with the Big Ice Sheet has been mostly through the powerful lens of computer models and the terabytes of data that they generate. As an avid programmer, web developer, and data visualization enthusiast, Julien is also passionate about finding innovative ways to communicate the wealth of data he has access to through his research to the general public, in particular through collaborative projects with the Byrd Center’s Education and Outreach team.

Areas of Expertise
  • Polar Meteorology
  • Education & Outreach
  • Ph. D., Atmospheric Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2014
  • M.S., Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France, 2008
  • B.S., Physics, Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France, 2006
  • Study Abroad, Mannheim University, Germany, 2001-2002
  • BA., The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po), France, 2001
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