Dr. Marysa Laguë


PhD, 2019: Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

MSc, 2018: Applied Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

MSc, 2016: Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

BSc, 2013: Honours Mathematics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


2021-present: James. S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Dynamic and Multiscale Systems, University of Saskatchewan, Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

2019-2020: James. S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Dynamic and Multiscale Systems, University of Saskatchewan, Berkeley, California, USA.

Short Bio

Marysa Laguë is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan at Canmore. Her research focuses on how changes in the land surface, such as changes in vegetation, can drive changes in the both the local atmosphere and the large-scale climate by modulating fluxes of water and energy between the land and the atmosphere. She uses models of varied complexity to study where the atmosphere is most sensitive to changes in the land, what land surface properties the atmosphere responds most strongly to, and how atmospheric responses to land surface change can feed back on climate both locally and remotely. In addition to her main line of research, Marysa has collaborated with scientists around the world to explore topics including paleo-climate, ecology, and exoplanets.


M. M. Laguë, A. L. S. Swann, William R. Boos, 2021: Radiative feedbacks on land surface change and associated tropical precipitation shifts. In Revision, Journal of Climate, EarthArXiv PrePrint

M. M. Laguë, M. Pietschnig, S. Ragen, T. Smith, D. S. Battisti, 2021: Terrestrial evaporation and global climate: lessons from Northland, a planet with a hemispheric continent. Journal of Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0452.1

F. Tromboni, J. Liu, E. Ziaco, D. Breshears, K. Thompson, W. Dodds, K. Dahlin, E. La Rue, J. Thorp, Andrés Vinã, M. M. Laguë, A. Maasri, H. Yang, S. Chandra, S. Fei, 2021: Macrosystems as metacoupled human and natural systems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, doi: 10.1002/fee.2289

L. Boysen, V. Brovkin, J. Pongratz, D. Lawrence, P. Lawrence, N. Vuichard, P. Peylin, S. Liddicoat, T. Hajima, Y. Zhang, M. Rocher, C. Delire, R. Stéférian, V. Arora, L. Nieradzik, P. Anthoni, W. Thiery, M. M. Laguë, D. Lawrence, M. Lo, 2020: Global climate response to idealized deforestation in CMIP6 models. Biogeosciences, doi: hps://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-5615-2020

J. E. Kim, M. M. Laguë, S. Pennypacker, E. Dawson, and A. L. S. Swann, 2020: Evaporative Resistance is of Equal Importance as Surface Albedo in High Latitude Surface Temperatures Due to Cloud Feedbacks. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2019GL085663

A. J. Rushby, A. L. Shields, E. T. Wolf, M. M. Laguë, A. Burgasser, 2020: The Effect of Land-Albedo Feedback on the Climate of Land-Dominated Planets in the TRAPPIST-1 System. The Astrophysical Journal, doi: 10.3847/1538-4357/abbe04

C. M. Zarakas, A. L. S. Swann, M. M. Laguë, K. C. Armour, J. T. Randeron, 2020: Plant Physiology Increases the Magnitude and Spread of the Transient Climate Response in CMIP6 Earth System Models. Journal of Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0078.1

M. M. Laguë, G. B. Bonan, and A. L. S. Swann, 2019: Separating the impact of individual land surface proper- ties on the terrestrial surface energy budget in both the coupled and un-coupled land-atmosphere system. Journal of Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0812.1

A. L. S. Swann, M. M. Laguë, E. S. Garcia, J. P. Field, D. D. Breshears, D. J. P. Moore, S. R. Saleska, S. C. Stark, J. C. Villegas, D. J. Law, and D. M. Minor, 2018: Continental-scale consequences of tree die-offs in North America: identifying where forest loss matters most. Environmental Research Letters, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaba0f

M. M. Laguë, and A. L. S. Swann, 2016: Progressive Mid-latitude Afforestation: Impacts on Clouds, Global Energy Transport, and Precipitation. Journal of Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0748.1

M. Laguë, N. Tania, J. Heath, and L. Edelstein-Keshet, 2012: The effects of facilitation and competition on group foraging in patches. Journal of Theoretical Biology, doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2012.06.024


The Simple Land Interface Model (SLIM) is an idealized land surface model that can be run coupled to the Community Earth System Model (CESM). Source code and instructions for running SLIM can be found on my github page here.


For pdfs of publications and more, go to my website.

Dr. Marysa Laguë

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Hydrology, Coldwater Laboratory


We seek to improve understanding and predictions of hydrological processes at scales from hillslopes to continents

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