Cindy Shellito

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Earth Sciences
University of Northern Colorado

Cindy Shellito is an associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Her primary research interests are in modeling deep-time paleoclimate and geoscience education. She teaches courses focusing on themes ranging from paleoclimatology and global climate dynamics to mesoscale meteorology.

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Activities (3)

Climate Around the World part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This exercise is designed to provide students with an overview of regional climate variations around the world and promote discussion of factors that create differences in climate around the world. This assignment provides an introduction to the complexities of the climate system by requiring each student to gather information about one region or country, then synthesize that with information provided by other students.

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Exploring the Link between Hurricanes and Climate using GCM Results part of Cutting Edge:Hurricanes-Climate Change Connection:Activities
This activity requires students to examine global climate model output available online and consider the potential impact of global warming on tropical cyclone initiation and evolution. As a follow-up, students read two short articles on the connection between hurricanes and global warming and discuss these articles in context of what they have learned from model output.

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Modeling Early Earth Climate with GEEBITT part of Cutting Edge:Early Earth:Activities
This activity requires students to use a simple spreadsheet model to consider the roles of solar luminosity, planetary albedo, and greenhouse gases in controlling surface temperature in the present and during the Archean and Proterozoic.

Courses (2)

Paleoclimatology part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
This course introduces students to the methods of paleoclimatology and provides a survey of major climatic events over the history of the Earth. The course incorporates journal articles and web resources to teach students through lectures and in-class activities.

Climatology part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
This course is designed to help students gain a scientific understanding of the physical aspects of Earth's climate system and the factors that influence climate change. We explore the global balance of energy and transfer of radiation in the atmosphere through in-depth quantitative analysis, as well the hydrologic cycle and the general circulation of the oceans and atmosphere. Students become familiar with global climate models and learn to examine model output with an eye toward quantifying climate sensitivity and identifying feedbacks.

Essays (2)

Developing a hands-on approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting weather observations and climate data part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Developing a hands-on approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting weather observations and climate data Cindy Shellito, Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado Meteorologists and climatologists ...

Introducing students to the complexities of the atmosphere and climate system part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Workshop 2010:Participant Essays
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado As a meteorologist and paleoclimate modeler, nearly every course I have taught in the past five years has required students to delve into the complexities of the ...

Other Contributions (7)

Exploring the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Using GCM Results part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activity Supplement Collection
Cindy Shellito, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado.This page is a supplement to the original activity description found hereShort description of the activity:This activity requires ...

Career Profile: Cindy Shellito part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Workshop Leader Profiles:Career Profiles
Associate Professor of Meteorology, University of Northern Colorado The University of Northern Colorado is a 4-year public university. Cindy Shellito is one of the leaders of the 2014 "Workshop for Early ...

Cindy Shellito part of Cutting Edge:Hurricanes-Climate Change Connection:Workshop 08:Participant Profiles
Cindy Shellito Earth Sciences - Asst. Professor of Meteorology University of Northern Colorado Campus Box 100 Ross Hall 3265 Greeley, CO 80639 970.351.2491 970.351.4197 (fax) lucinda.shellito@unco.edu Research and ...

Case Study 2.2 - Climate Variability in the North Atlantic part of Climate of Change
This activity walks students through a data set depicting climate variability in the North Atlantic, associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation (NOA). Students examine anomalies of precipitation and pressure over a 10-year period, create a chart showing the movement of these anomalies over this time period, and answer questions about the relationship between North Atlantic pressure anomalies and precipitation on the Iberian Peninsula.

Unit 2 Deciphering Short-Term Climate Variability part of Climate of Change
Making Sense of Ocean and Atmospheric Data Depicting Climate Variability In this lesson, students will be provided with data depicting the cyclic changes in tropical Pacific climate associated with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Students will try to identify patterns in the data and discuss their findings with the class. An auxiliary lab or homework exercise provides students with data from the North Atlantic and guides them in identifying cyclic changes associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation.

Case Study 2.1 - Climate Variability in the Equatorial Pacific part of Climate of Change
This activity engages students in examining tropical Pacific pressure, sea-surface temperature, and precipitation data over a 10 year time span. Students work in groups to understand a data set, then debrief as a class to identify connections between data sets and discuss factors that cause the year-to-year changes. Ideally, this may be used prior to an introduction to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation.

What is our current understanding about the origin of the atmosphere? part of Cutting Edge:Early Earth:Key Questions about the Early Earth
submitted by Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado; Linda Sohl, Columbia University; and Jim Kasting, The Pennsylvania State University Why is this question important? This question has implications for ...


Events and Communities

InTeGrate Materials Developers

CE Embedded Assessment

Early Career 2006 Participants

Early Earth 2007 Participants

Hurricane-Climate Change Connection 2008 Participants

Developing Student Understanding of Complex Systems in the Geosciences Participants

Early Career Workshop 2011 Participants: Leader

Career Prep '03 Participants

Teaching About Earth's Climate Using Data and Numerical Models Participants: Leader

Climate and Energy Webinar Participants Feb 18, 2011: Leader

ITG Teaching the Methods of Geoscience workshop 2012

Early Career Workshop 2013: Presenter

Early Career Workshop 2014: Presenter