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Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biology and Paleo Environment
Tree Ring Lab
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(917) 834-5543
(845) 365-8150


- Using tree-rings to understand long-term climate and streamflow variability.
- Climate, ecosystem, and societal interactions, focussing on pastoral nomadic herding communities in the Mongolian forest-steppe.
- Statistical methods of reconstructing past climate.

Complete list of publications:

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Science
Columbia University, USA
M.A. Climate and Society
Columbia University, USA
B.Tech Chemical Engineering
Amrita School of Engineering, India

Selected Publications:

Seven centuries of reconstructed Brahmaputra River discharge demonstrate underestimated high discharge and flood hazard frequency Rao, Mukund P; Cook, Edward R.; Cook, Benjamin I.; D'Arrigo, Rosanne D.; Plamer, Jonathan G.; Lall, Upmanu; Woodhouse, Connie A.; Buckley, Brendan M.; Uriarte, Maria; Bishop Daniel A.; Jian Jun; Webster, Peter J. Nature Communications (2020)
A double bootstrap approach to Superposed Epoch Analysis to evaluate response uncertainty Rao, M. P.; Cook, E. R.; Cook, B. I.;, Anchukaitis, K. J.; D'Arrigo, R. D.; Krusic, P. J; LeGrande, A. N.; Dendrochronologia Volume: 55 p.: 119-124 (2019)
Six Centuries of Upper Indus Basin Streamflow Variability and Its Climatic Drivers Rao, M. P.; Cook, E. R.; Cook, B. I.; Palmer, J.; Uriarte, M.; Devineni, N.; Lall, U.; D’Arrigo, R. D.; Woodhouse, C.A.; Ahmed, M.; Zafar, M.U.; Khan, N.; Khan, A.; Wahab, M. Water Resources Research (2018)
European and Mediterranean hydroclimate responses to tropical volcanic forcing over the last millennium Rao, M. P.; Cook, B. I.; Cook, E. R.; D'Arrigo, R. D.; Krusic, P. J.; Anchukaitis, K. J.; LeGrande, A. N.; Buckley, B. M.; Davi, N. K.; Leland, C; Griffin, K. L. Geophysical Research Letters (2017) 10.1002/2017GL073057
Karakorum temperature out of phase with hemispheric trends for the past five centuries Zafar, M. U.; Ahmed, M.; Rao, M. P.; Buckley, B. M.; Khan, N.; Wahab, M.; Palmer, J. Climate Dynamics 06/2015 p.: 1-10 (2015) 10.1007/s00382-015-2685-z
A long-term context (931–2005 CE) for rapid warming over Central Asia Davi, N. K.; D'Arrigo, R.; Jacoby, G. C.; Cook, E. R.; Anchukaitis, K.; Nachin, B.; Rao, M. P., Leland, C. Quaternary Science Reviews 08/2015 Volume: 121 p.: 89-97 (2015)
Dzuds, droughts, and livestock mortality in Mongolia Rao, M. P.; Davi, N. K.; D'Arrigo, R. D.; Skees, J.; Nachin, B.; Leland, C.; Lyon, B.; Wang, S. Y.; Byambasuren, O. Environmental Research Letters 07/2015 Volume: 10 Issue: 7 p.: 074012 (2015) doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/7/074012