Dillon Amaya

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Research Scientist


Atmosphere-Ocean Processes and Predictability




Dillon Amaya (he/him) is a research physical scientist at the Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado. Dillon came to PSL as a CIRES postdoctoral research fellow from 2020 to 2021. His main interests involve climate variability and change on seasonal-decadal timescales with an emphasis on tropical-extratropical interactions and air-sea feedbacks. His work further includes research into the dynamical drivers behind recent Northeast Pacific marine heatwaves. Dillon's current projects include investigating seasonal climate predictability limits of ocean parameters in the California Current System, with the goal of assisting decision makers responsible for managing sensitive marine ecosystems along the U.S. west coast.

Research Interests

  • Air-Sea Interactions
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Climate Variability and Change
  • Climate Extremes
  • Marine Ecosystems


  • Ph.D., Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Sep 2019
  • M.S., Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Jun 2015
  • B.S., Meteorology, Texas A&M University , May 2014

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