Sonya K. Miller

Sonya K. Miller

  • Researcher
  • Associate Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk
  • Associate Director, Earth System Science Center
  • Instructor, METEO 469: From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming
403 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-4177


  1. MS, Meteorology - Florida State University (1998)
  2. BS, Meteorology (Mathematics minor) - Penn State University (1996)
  3. Machine Learning by Stanford University on Coursera. Certificate earned on July 20, 2017.



Hoegh-Guldberg, O., W. Skirving, J. Lough, C. Liu, M.E. Mann, S. Donner, M. Eakin, N. Cantin, S.K. Miller, S.F. Heron, S. Dove, 2019: Commentary: Reconstructing Four Centuries of Temperature-Induced Coral Bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, Front. Mar. Sci., 6, 86.

Walker, A.M., D.W. Titley, M.E. Mann, R.G. Najjar, S.K. Miller, 2018: A Fiscally Based Scale for Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge, Wea. Forecasting, 33, 1709-1733.

Mann, M.E., S. Rahmstorf, K. Kornhuber, B.A. Steinman, S.K. Miller, D. Coumou, 2018: Projected changes in persistent extreme summer weather events: The role of quasi-resonant amplification, Sci. Adv., 4, eaat3272.

Cheung, A.H., M.E. Mann, B.A. Steinman, L.M. Frankcombe, M.H. England, S.K. Miller, 2017: Reply to Comment on “Comparison of low-frequency internal climate variability in CMIP5 models and observations” by Kratsov, J. Climate, 30, 9773-9782.

StLaurent, P., M.A.M. Friedrichs, R.G. Najjar, D.K. Martins, M. Herrmann, S.K. Miller, J. Wilkin, 2017: Impacts of Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition on Surface Waters of the Western North Atlantic Mitigated by Multiple Feedbacks, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, doi:10.1002/2017JC013072.

Mann, M.E., S.K. Miller, S. Rahmstorf, B.A.  Steinman, M. Tingley, 2017: Record Temperature Streak Bears Anthropogenic Fingerprint, Geophys Res. Lett., 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL074056. 

Cheung, A.H., M.E. Mann, B.A. Steinman, L.M. Frankcombe, M.H. England, S.K. Miller, 2017: Comparison of Low Frequency Internal Climate Variability in CMIP5 Models and Observations, J. Climate, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0712.1, in press. 

Mann, M.E., S. Rahmstorf, K. Kornhuber, B.A. Steinman, S.K. Miller, D. Coumou, 2017: Influence of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Planetary Wave Resonance and Extreme Weather Events, Scientific Reports, 7, 19831. 

Mann, M.E., B.A. Steinman, S.K. Miller, L.M. Frankcombe, M. England, A.H. Cheung, 2016: Predictability of the Recent Slowdown and Subsequent Recovery of Large-Scale Surface Warming using Statistical Methods, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 3459-3467.

Mann, M.E., S. Rahmstorf, B.A. Steinman, S.K. Miller, 2016: The Likelihood of Recent Record Warmth, Nature Sci. Rep., 6, 19831.

Steinman, B.A., L.M. Frankcombe, M.E. Mann, S.K. Miller, M.H. England, 2015: Response to Comment on “Atlantic and Pacific multidecadal oscillations and Northern Hemisphere temperatures”, Science, 350, 1326-1326.

Cowtan, K., Z. Hausfather, E. Hawkins, P. Jacobs, M.E. Mann, S.K. Miller, B.A. Steinman, M.B. Slope, R.G. Way, 2015: Robust comparison of climate models with observations using blended land air and ocean sea surface temperatures, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 6526–6534, doi:10.1002/2015GL064888.

Steinman, B.A., M.E. Mann, S.K. Miller, 2015: Atlantic and Pacific multidecadal oscillations and Northern Hemisphere temperatures, Science, 347, 988-991. 

Mann, M.E., B.A. Steinman, S.K. Miller, 2014: On Forced Temperature Changes, Internal Variability and the AMO, Geophys. Res. Lett. (“Frontier” article), 41, 3211-3219, doi:10.1002/2014GL059233.

Thompson, A.M., R.M. Stauffer, S.K. Miller, D.K. Martins, E. Joseph, A.J. Weinheimer, G.S. Diskin, 2013: Ozone profiles in the Baltimore-Washington region (2006–2011): satellite comparisons and DISCOVER-AQ observations, J. Atmos. Chem., doi: 10.1007/s10874-014-9283-z. 

Thompson, A. M., S. K. Miller, et al., 2012:  Southern Hemisphere Additional Ozonesondes (SHADOZ) ozone climatology (2005–2009): Tropospheric and tropical tropopause layer (TTL) profiles with comparisons to OMI-based ozone products, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D23301, doi:10.1029/2011JD016911.

Thompson, A. M., A. L. Allen, S. Lee, S. K. Miller, and J. C. Witte, 2011: Gravity and Rossby wave signatures in the tropical troposphere and lower stratosphere based on Southern Hemisphere Additional Ozonesondes (SHADOZ), 1998–2007, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D05302, doi:10.1029/2009JD013429.

Thompson, A. M., A. M. MacFarlane, G. A. Morris, J. E. Yorks, S. K. Miller, B. F. Taubman, G.  Verver, H. Vömel, M. A. Avery, J.W. Hair, G. S. Diskin, E. V. Browell, J. V. Canossa, T. L. Kucsera, C. A. Klich, D. L. Hlavka, 2010: Convective and wave signatures in ozone profiles over the equatorial Americas: Views from TC4 2007 and SHADOZ, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D00J23, doi:10.1029/2009JD012909. 

Lee, S., D. M. Shelow, A.M. Thompson, S.K. Miller, 2010: QBO and ENSO variability in temperature and ozone from SHADOZ, 1998-2005, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D18105, doi: 10.1029/2009JD013320.

Mann, M.E., G.A. Schmidt, S.K. Miller, A.N. LeGrande, 2009: Potential biases in inferring Holocene temperature trends from long-term borehole information, Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, L05708, doi:10.1029/2008GL036354. 

Yorks, J.E., A.M. Thompson, E. Joseph, S.K. Miller, 2009: The variability of free tropospheric ozone over Beltsville, Maryland, in the summers of 2004-2007.  Atmos. Environ., 43, 1827-1838.

Mann, M.E., Z. Zhang, M.K. Hughes, R.S. Bradley, S.K. Miller, S. Rutherford, 2008: Proxy-Based Reconstructions of Hemispheric and Global Surface Temperature Variations over the Past Two Millennia, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 105, 13252-13257. 

Thompson, A.M., J. E. Yorks, S. K. Miller, J. C. Witte, K. M. Dougherty, G. A. Morris, D. Baumgardner, L. Ladino, and B. Rappenglueck,  2008: Tropospheric ozone sources and wave activity over Mexico City and Houston during Milagro/Intercontinental Transport Experiment (INTEX-B) Ozonesonde Network Study, 2006 (IONS-06), Atmos. Chem. Phys. 8, 5113-5126.

Thompson, A.M., J. B. Stone, J. C. Witte, S. K. Miller, S. J. Oltmans, K. L. Ross, T. L. Kucsera, J. T. Merrill, G. Forbes, D. W. Tarasick, E. Joseph, F. J. Schmidlin, W. W. McMillan, J. Warner, E. J. Hintsa, J. E. Johnson, 2007: IONS-04 (INTEX Ozonesonde Network Study, 2004): 2. Tropospheric Ozone Budgets and Variability over Northeastern North America, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D12S13, doi: 10.1029/2006JD007670. 

Thompson, A.M., J. B. Stone, J. C. Witte, S. K. Miller, R. B. Pierce, S. J. Oltmans, O. R. Cooper, A. L. Loucks, B. F. Taubman, R. B. Chatfield, B. J. Johnson, E. Joseph, T. L. Kucsera, J. T. Merrill, G. A. Morris, S. Hersey, G. Forbes, M. J. Newchurch, F. J. Schmidlin, D. W. Tarasick, V. Thouret, J. P. Cammas, 2007: IONS (INTEX Ozonesonde Network Study, 2004): 1. Summertime UT/LS (Upper Troposphere/Lower Stratosphere) Ozone over Northeastern North America, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D12S12, doi: 10.1029/2006JD007441.

Tang, Y., R. Kleeman, and S. K. Miller, 2006: Singular vector analysis for a fully coupled atmosphere-ocean-land system.  J. Climate, 19, 3361-3377.

Miller, S. K., M. M. Rienecker, M. J. Suarez, P. J. Pegion, and J. T. Bacmeister, 2005:  The GMAO CGCMv1: Climatology and internal variability.  NASA Tech. Memo., Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.

Vintzileos, A., M. M. Rienecker, M. J. Suarez, S. D. Schubert, and S. K. Miller, 2005: Local versus remote wind forcing of the equatorial Pacific surface temperature in July 2003.  Geophys. Res. Letts., 32, L05702. 

Vintzileos, A., M.M. Rienecker, M. J. Suarez, S. K. Miller, P. J. Pegion, J. T. Bacmeister, 2003: Simulation of the El Nino – Southern Oscillation phenomenon with NASA’s Seasonal-to-Interannual Prediction Project coupled general circulation model.  CLIVAR Exchanges, 8, 25-27.

Miller, S. K., M. Rienecker, M. Suarez, J. Bacmeister, D. Adamec, A. Vintzileos, D. Waliser, 2000: NSIPP’s coupled simulations: Climatologies and interannual variations in the upper ocean of the tropical Pacific.  Proceedings of the 25th Annual Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop.  165-8.

Kulkarni, S. C., D. M. Legler, and J. J. O’Brien, 1998:  Variability of surface wind convergence estimated from ERS-1 and ERS-2 scatterometer winds over the Indian Ocean. COAPS Technical Report 98-1, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 41 pp.