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Daniel E. Horton

Assistant Professor

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


Professor Horton leads the Climate Change Research Group (CCRG) at Northwestern University. The CCRG investigates Earth’s climate system and its interaction with human and natural systems across diverse spatiotemporal scales. Topics explored include (i) extreme weather events, (ii) near-term meteorological, societal, and public health impacts of anthropogenic climate change, and (iii) the evolution of Earth’s climate system through geologic time. To address this diversity of topics and explore 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.


EARTH 102: Freshman writing seminar: Sustainability and Social Justice
EARTH 340: Atmospheric Physics & Weather
EARTH 343: Earth System Modeling

Selected Publications

Diffenbaugh, N.S., D. Singh, J.S. Mankin, D.E. Horton, D.L. Swain, D. Touma, A. Charland, Y. Liu, M. Haugen, M. Tsiang & B. Rajaratnam (2017) Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1618082114.

Paull, S.H., D.E. Horton, M. Ashfaq, 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 dipoleJournal 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 CaliforniaScience 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 trendsNature, doi:10.1038/nature14550.

Horton, D.E., C.B. Skinner, D. Singh & N.S. Diffenbaugh (2014) Occurrence and persistence of future air stagnation eventsNature 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 cyclesNature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/NGEO922.

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