Barnes’ research focuses on large-scale atmospheric dynamics and their response to climate change.
Her topics of interest include Earth system predictability, jet-stream dynamics, Arctic-midlatitude connections, subseasonal-to-seasonal prediction, and data science methods for Earth system research such as machine learning and causal discovery.
Barnes received the AGU Future Horizons in Climate Science: Turco Lectureship Award and the AMS Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award in 2020, and she received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2018.
Barnes earned a dual B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Washington in 2012. She was a Goldwater Scholar in 2006.