About Me

I am a fourth-year PhD student working with Professor Michael B. McElroy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. I previously completed a joint bachelor-masters degree in physics at Imperial College London, U.K. During my PhD, I have focused specifically on integration of renewable technologies, interactions of external forcing and internal variability in the climate system and air quality. However, my research interests in environmental sciences are generally broad, with additional undergraduate work in ocean microplastics and magnetic reconnnection on Saturn. If you have interest in discussing work or collaborating, please feel free to contact me at petersherman@g.harvard.edu.



Sherman, P., ..., Submitted: Sensitivity of the Indian Monsoon to regional aerosol emissions. Geophysical Research Letters.

Lu, T., Sherman, P., Chen, X., Chen, S., Lu, X., and McElroy, M.B., Submitted: India’s potential for integrating solar and on- and offshore wind power into its energy system. Nature Communications.

Sherman, P., Tziperman, E., Deser, C., and McElroy, M.B., 2020: Historical and future roles of internal variability in modulating Greenland Ice Sheet melt. Geophysical Research Letters.

Sherman, P., Chen, X., and McElroy, M.B., 2020: Offshore wind: an opportunity for cost-competitive decarbonization of China’s energy economy. Science Advances.

Offshore wind CF and LCOE


Sherman, P., Gao, M., Song, S., Ohiomoba, P., Archibald, A., and McElroy, M.B., 2019: The influence of dynamics and emissions changes on China’s wintertime haze. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.

Gao, M., … Sherman, P., …, 2019: Ozone Pollution over China and India: Seasonality and Sources. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Gao, M., Sherman, P., Song, S., Yu, Y., Wu, Z., and McElroy, M.B., 2019: Seasonal prediction of Indian wintertime aerosol pollution using the Ocean Memory Effect. Science Advances.

Gao, M., … Sherman, P., …, 2019: China's emission control strategies have suppressed unfavorable influences of climate on wintertime PM2.5 concentrations in Beijing since 2002. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Sherman, P. and Archibald, A., 2019: The Urban Heat Island (UHI) is a major source of uncertainty in projections of population-weighted surface temperature under climate change. EarthArXiv.

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Papers before PhD

Sherman, P., Chen, X., and McElroy, M.B., 2017: Wind-generated electricity in China: decreasing potential, inter-annual variability and association with changing climate. Scientific Reports.


Sherman, P. and van Sebille, E., 2016: Modeling marine surface microplastic transport to assess optimal removal locations. Environmental Research Letters.

Ocean sinks