Travis O’Brien is a research scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at University of California, Davis. He currently serves as the program domain lead for the Climate & Atmosphere Process Program Domain. He also co-represented LBNL’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) on the LBNL Diversity & Inclusion Council from 2015-2017.
Research within Travis’ group focuses on understanding the fundamental physical processes that control weather and climate phenomena that impact human and natural systems. He specializes in utilizing a combination of numerical models, novel data analysis techniques, and fundamental theory to form and test hypotheses about what controls the physical characteristics and occurrence of weather patterns: from fog to extremes.