Daniel E. Horton

Daniel E. Horton

Assistant Professor
Email: daniel.horton at
+1 847-467-6185
Location: Tech F289/F290

Ph.D. Geological Sciences; University of Michigan
B.S. Atmospheric Science; Texas A&M University
B.S. Physics; Tulane University

Curriculum Vitae | Research Website


Professor Horton is a climate scientist and the PI of the Climate Change Research Group (CCRG). The CCRG studies the interaction of Earth’s climate system with an array of subjects across diverse spatiotemporal scales. Topics explored range from (i) the detection and attribution of recent climatic change, to (ii) the near-term meteorological, societal, and public health impacts of anthropogenic climate change, to (iii) the evolution of Earth’s climate system through geologic time. To address this diversity of topics and investigate the interactions of Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere the CCRG uses a wide-range of research tools, including environmental observations, numerical models, statistical analyses, and machine learning techniques.


EARTH 102: Freshman writing seminar: Sustainability and Social Justice
EARTH 343: Earth System Modeling

Selected Publications

Paull, S.H., D.E. Horton, M. Ashfag, D. Rastogi, L.D. Kramer, N.S. Diffenbaugh & A.M. Kilpatrick (2017) Drought and immunity determine the intensity of West Nile virus epidemics and climate change impacts, Proceedings of the Royal Academy B, doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2078.

Singh, D., D.L. Swain, J.S. Mankin, Horton, D.E, L.N. Thomas, B. Rajaratnam & N.S. Diffenbaugh (2016) Recent amplification of the North American winter temperature dipole, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, doi:10.1002/2016JD025116.

Swain, D.L., D.E. Horton, D. Singh & N.S. Diffenbaugh (2016) Trends in atmospheric patterns conducive to seasonal precipitation and temperature extremes­ in California, Science Advances, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1501344.

Horton, D.E., N.C. Johnson, D. Singh, D.L. Swain, B. Rajaratnam, & N.S. Diffenbaugh (2015) Contribution of changes in atmospheric circulation patterns to extreme temperature trends, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature14550.

Horton, D.E., C.B. Skinner, D. Singh & N.S. Diffenbaugh (2014) Occurrence and persistence of future air stagnation events, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate2272.

Horton, D.E., C.J. Poulsen & D. Pollard (2010) Influence of high-latitude vegetation feedbacks on late Palaeozoic glacial cycles, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/NGEO922.

March 16, 2017