Lu Dong got her PhD degree at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences in June 2015 under her Ph.D advisor Dr. Tianjun Zhou. During her PhD career, she mainly focused on the long-term change of sea surface temperatures in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans and compared the relative contributions of external forcing and internal variability. From 2015.9-2017.9 she was a postdoc with Dr. Michael McPhaden at NOAA/PMEL awarded by the National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Programs. She mainly focused on the decadal variability of the Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures and their relationship with the Pacific Ocean from atmospheric teleconnection and oceanic tunnel. At PNNL, her research aims at the evaluation and analysis of global climate models as well as high-resolution climate scenarios using regional climate models and global variable resolution models. She also studies the large-scale context for extreme events in the North America.