Ph.D. 2009 University of Arizona

M.S. 2002 University of Washington

A.B 1998  Dartmouth College


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I'm an applied climatologist interested in developing climate and climate change information suitable for management decisions.  Most of my work has been in Alaska and the western U.S.  I also value outreach and try to include work with K12 schools and the general public in my projects. While a lot of the work involves quality time with the computer, recent projects have had me back in the field.

In my free time, I like to hike, ski, knit, and spend time with my husband and the lab's resident salmon expert.



2013-          Assistant Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Nevada, Reno,

2013-          Adjunct Prof., Dept. of Geography, Nipissing University, Ontario

2012-2013  Postdoctoral Fellow, SNAP, University of Alaska Fairbanks/AK CSC

2010-2012  Climate Change Scientist, The Wilderness Society

2009-2010  National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO

2004-2005  Biologist, USGS Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Recent Publications

McAfee SA, G Guentchev, and JK Eischeid. Reconciling precipitation trends in Alaska: 2. Gridded data analyses. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Accepted

SA McAfee, 2014. Consistency and the lack thereof in climatic impacts of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation conditions. Journal of Climate, 27 7410-7431.

Gray ST, A Bennett, WR Bolton, AL Breen, T Carbman, E Euskirchen, H Genet, E Jafarov, J Jenkins, T Kurkowski, M Lindgren, P Martin, S McAfee, AD McGuire, S Marchenko, R Muskett, S Panda, J Reynolds, A Robertson, V Romanovsky, TS Rupp, K Timm, Y Zhang, 2014. Using integrated ecosystem modeling to improve our understanding of climate change impacts in the Alaska Region  Alaska Park Science, 12 (2), 13-17.

McAfee SA, 2013. Methodological differences in projected potential evapotranspiration. Climatic Change, 10.1007/s10584-013-0864-7.

McAfee SA, G Guentchev and JK Eischeid, 2013. Reconciling precipitation trends in Alaska: 1. Station‐based analyses. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, 7523-7541, DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50572.

McAfee SA, J Walsh and TS Rupp, 2013. Statistically downscaled projections of snow/rain partitioning for Alaska. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9934.

McAfee SA, JL Russell and RS Webb, 2012.  Influence of bias-correction on simulated landcover changes. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L16702, doi:10.1029/2012GL052808.

McAfee SA, JL Russell and PJ Goodman, 2011. Evaluating IPCC AR4 cool-season precipitation simulations and projections for impacts assessment over North America. Climate Dynamics, 37, 2271-2287.

McAfee SA and JL Russell, 2008. Northern Annular Mode impact on spring climate in the western United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L17701, doi:10.1029/2008GL034828, 2008.