School of Earth and Environment

Julia Crook Dr Julia Crook

Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 39085
Email address:
Room: FH 2.14

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


I am a member of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science. I work with Doug Parker (Leeds) and Chris Taylor (CEH) looking at impacts of vegetation on convection in West Africa using convection permitting models (VERA). Using storm tracking code I am investigating the influence of the land surface and atmospheric profile at different stages of storm lifecycles. The results of this project should provide underpinning knowledge required for both future improvements in weather and climate prediction and tropical forest management.

Previously I was part of the Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Project, analysing Met Office Unified Model output to understand the effectiveness and side effects of a number of geoengineering options.

In 2012 I obtained my PhD "Quantifying zonal patterns of climate feedbacks and their role in polar amplification" from the University of Leeds and since then have been a research fellow. From 1990-2006 I worked as a software engineer before giving this up to return to university to study climate change.


  • BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1988
  • MSc Surface Chemistry, University of Bristol, 1989
  • MSc Climate Change, University of East Anglia, 2007
  • PhD Quantifying zonal patterns of climate feedbacks and their role in polar amplification, University of Leeds, 2012


American Geophysical Union

Research Interests

Understanding human influence on climate through use of computer modelling, and understanding how well climate models represent the real world.