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Katherine Pingree-Shippee

PhD Student

Katherine Pingree-Shippee is a PhD student with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. She is working with Francis Zwiers and David Atkinson (Department of Geography) studying Canadian coastal storm activity. Katherine has a BSc in Meteorology from Plymouth State University and an MSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Maine. Her MSc research focused on the Greenland Ice Sheet response to persistent phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation and linked these responses to the settlement and disappearance of the Norse people in southwest Greenland. Prior to beginning her PhD studies, Katherine worked as a scientific programmer at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks utilizing NOAA’s global ocean wave model, WAVEWATCH III. Her work consisted of configuring the model for the Alaskan region and investigating wave states associated with select severe storms in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. Katherine’s research interests include the impacts of storm activity and severe storms on coastal regions (e.g. Canadian and Alaskan), the long-term influence of the atmosphere on high-latitude regions, atmosphere-cryosphere interactions, paleoclimatology, and glaciology.

  • MSc Earth Sciences, University of Maine
  • BSc Meteorology, Plymouth State University 
Selected Publications: 
  • Pingree-Shippee, K.A., Shippee, N.J., and Atkinson, D.E. (2016) Overview of Bering and Chukchi Sea Wave States for Four Severe Storms following Common Synoptic Tracks. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 33(2), 283-302.
  • Pingree, K., Lurie, M., and Hughes, T. (2011) Is the East Antarctic ice sheet stable? Quaternary Research, 75(3), 417-429.