Tess Wei-Ping Jacobson

I'm a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences working with Richard Seager. My research focuses on better understanding hydroclimate variability and change in the western U.S. and similar regions around the world under climate change. Currently, I'm studying the effect of climate on wildfires in the West. I graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with an A.B. in Physics and a certificate in Environmental Studies. My undergraduate work explored the impacts of hemispherically asymmetric volcanic eruptions on Sahel hydroclimate. I continued this research in Gabe Vecchi's group after graduating while also working as an Outward Bound instructor for middle- and high-school students in New York City public schools.


  • M.A. Earth and Environmental Science, Columbia University (2022)
  • A.B. Physics, Princeton University (2019)

Honors & Awards

National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellow

  • Jacobson, T. W., Seager, R., Williams, A. P., & Henderson, N. (2022). Climate Dynamics Preceding Summer Forest Fires in California & the Extreme Case of 2018. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.
  • Jacobson, T. W., Yang, W., Vecchi, G. A., & Horowitz, L. W. (2020). Impact of volcanic aerosol hemispheric symmetry on Sahel rainfall. Climate Dynamics55(7), 1733-1758.
  • Edmond, K. V., Jacobson, T. W., Oh, J. S., Yi, G. R., Hollingsworth, A. D., Sacanna, S., & Pine, D. J. (2021). Large-scale synthesis of colloidal bowl-shaped particles. Soft Matter17(25), 6176-6181.