Mckenzie Dice

Graduate Student

About Mckenzie

Mckenzie Dice is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. She studies the polar atmospheric boundary layer with John Cassano. Dice is from the Chicagoland area and studied Environmental Science and German at the University of Minnesota for her Bachelor’s degree. She serves on the Antarctic Meteorological Research and Data Center Advisory Board and the National Endangered Species Coalition Advisory Board. Mckenzie enjoys engaging in science communication, outreach and volunteering, and field work.


Polar weather and climate, boundary layer meteorology, artificial neural networks (self-organizing maps)

Current Research

Investigation of the characteristics and conditions associated with variations in boundary layer stability across the Antarctic continent: For this work, Dice uses self-organizing maps (SOMs) to condense years of radiosonde observations into an organized gradient of boundary layer regimes present across different stations. She hopes to use this information to assess the forecasting ability of the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS), and hopefully contribute to the improvement of weather and climate models in the polar regions.


B.A. Environmental Science, German, University of Minnesota Morris