Jennifer Francis earned a B.S. in Meteorology from San Jose State University in 1988 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1994. As a professor at Rutgers University since 1994, she taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues, and also co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. Presently she is a Research Professor with the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages with ~40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. During the 13 months from July 2009-July 2010, her family of four spent a year sailing through Central America. She and her husband circumnavigated the world in a sailboat from 1980-1985, including Cape Horn and the Arctic, which is when she first became interested in Arctic weather and climate.
Francis, 2018 - Warm Arctic episodes linked with increased frequency of extreme winter weather in the United StatesCohen, Judah., Pfeiffer, Karl., Francis, Jennifer. 2018. Warm Arctic episodes linked with increased frequency of extreme winter weather in the United States. Nature Communications.
Francis, 2018 - Summers with low Arctic sea ice linked to persistence of spring atmospheric circulation patternsKapsch, M.-L., N. Skific, R.G. Graversen, M. Tjernstrom, and J.A. Francis, 2018: Summers with low Arctic sea ice linked to persistence of spring atmospheric circulation patterns. Climate Dynamics, accepted. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4279-z
Francis, 2018 - The 'Warm-Arctic/Cold-Continents' pattern during 1901-2010: a reanalysis-based studyChen, L., J.A. Francis, and E. Hanna, 2018: The "Warm-Arctic/Cold-Continents" pattern during 1901-2010: a reanalysis-based study. International J. of Climatology, https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.5725.
Francis - 2017. Changes in North American atmospheric circulation and extreme weather: Influence of Arctic amplification and northern hemisphere snow coverVavrus, S.J., F. Wang, J. Martin, J. Francis, Y. Peings, and J. Cattiaux. (2017). Changes in North American atmospheric circulation and extreme weather: Influence of Arctic amplification and northern hemisphere snow cover. Journal of Climate.