Nicholas J. Pelaccio

Staff Associate II

Nick Pelaccio is a Research Associate at the Center for Climate Systems Research at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). The bulk of his work involves working with GISS Physical Research Scientist Dr. Allegra N. LeGrande, using the NASA GISS climate model (modelE) on multiple projects. These projects include running the climate model under different paleoclimate scenarios, studying the effects of volcanoes under different tuning parameters, understanding the health and importance of marine life to human societies throughout history (4-oceans), studying the origin of atmospheric rivers, and more. He received his Masters degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.


Prior to joining CCSR, Nick worked at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, studying the effects of climate change on Ethiopian coffee farmers and production, as well as extreme temperature and precipitation projections in Ethiopia. 


Before working in climate research, Nick worked as an actor, having received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). He performed in the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as well as various other regional theatres around the US.