Olivia Elaine Clifton

Associate Research Scientist

Dr. Olivia Clifton is an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at the Columbia Climate School. Dr. Clifton sits at NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York, New York. Dr. Clifton’s research is on chemistry-climate interactions, with past focus on the intersections among the land surface, meteorology, and atmospheric chemistry. Most of Dr. Clifton’s work examines the dry deposition of reactive gases and aerosols relevant for air pollution, climate, and ecosystems. Dr. Clifton uses a hierarchy of models, including global Earth System models and large eddy simulation, together with multiscale observations, including many eddy covariance flux datasets, to advance understanding of the key processes related to land-atmosphere exchanges and impacts on trends and variability in short-lived climate forcers and air pollutants. Dr. Clifton was a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Postdoctoral Fellow at GISS from 2021 to 2023 and an Advanced Study Program (ASP) Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado from 2018 and 2021. Dr. Clifton received her PhD in 2018 from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University in the City of New York where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and worked with Arlene Fiore. In 2012, Dr. Clifton received her BS in Mathematics from University of Wisconsin-Madison.