MPI-M says farewell to its Humboldt fellows Maria and Jeremy Rugenstein and wishes them ongoing success

Dres Maria Rugenstein and Jeremy Caves Rugenstein came to the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) as Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellows in early 2019. Now they will take on professorships at Colorado State University, USA. Maria Rugenstein will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science, and Jeremy Caves Rugenstein will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences. The MPI-M congratulates both of them on their success and wishes them all the best for their future career.

Foto von Maria Rugenstein und Jeremy Caves Rugenstein

Maria Rugenstein´s research interests focus on understanding the large-scale interactions of the atmosphere and ocean. At MPI-M, she was affiliated with both “The Ocean in the Earth Sytem” and “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” departments as she studied the interface between ocean and atmosphere. She worked on decadal to millennial timescales of climate change, radiative feedbacks, and climate sensitivity. She came to MPI-M to learn about clouds. At Colorado State University, Maria Rugenstein will work on the connection of spatial and temporal patterns of ocean heat uptake, sea surface temperatures, and radiative feedbacks. “I enjoyed my time in Hamburg and the breadth of research done at MPI-M. I wished I would stay for two more years, and I am looking forward to keep collaborating”, says Maria Rugenstein.   

Jeremy Caves Rugenstein is a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at both the MPI-M and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center. He is trained as a geologist, and his interests lie in understanding how the Earth's climate has changed in the past. At MPI-M, he investigated the coupling between the land surface and climate and how these impact long-term carbon cycle and terrestrial climate changes. “At MPI, I learned a tremendous amount about how climate models operate, their limitations, and some of the future paths forward to link geologic data with climate model data.”, says Jeremy Caves Rugenstein. At Colorado State University, he plans to continue this work and investigate the links between atmospheric CO2, vegetation change, and terrestrial hydrology, utilizing the numerous geologic exposures available in the nearby Rocky Mountains. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time at MPI-M, in Hamburg, and in Germany and will especially miss the unparalleled view from the top of the Geomatikum building.


Dr Maria Rugenstein
Email: maria.rugenstein@we dont want

Dr Jeremy Caves Rugenstein
Email: jeremy.rugenstein@we dont want