Senior Research Scientist
Senior Research Scientist


Jennie Rice is a senior Earth scientist in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change division at PNNL. She co-leads PNNL’s objective to integrate applied and basic research in climate, energy systems, and human wellbeing/equity to address the challenges of decarbonization. Rice also leads innovative, open-source foundational research to understand future risks and vulnerabilities produced by the interactions between energy, water, land, and urban systems under climate change, socioeconomic change, and technology change. Since 2019, she has been the principal investigator for the Integrated Multisector, Multiscale Modeling (IM3) Science Focus Area for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. IM3 prioritizes coupling process-based models to explore multisector dynamics, vulnerability, and resilience from local to continental scales.

Rice previously worked for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2009 to 2015 leading model integration and demonstration for the Platform for Regional Integrated Modeling and Analysis, a large 5-year Laboratory-Directed Research and Development project that was the pre-cursor to IM3. Prior to joining PNNL, she performed contract research in applied risk and uncertainty analyses for industry, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Her subject matter expertise spans climate change mitigation and adaptation, electricity system planning, water resource management, weather risk management, and urban and land use planning.

Research Interest

  • Multisector Dynamics
  • Uncertainty Characterization
  • Decision Analysis
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Resilience Modeling


  • Master of Science, Engineering from Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Science & Technology from Stanford University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Society for Risk Analysis
  • American Geophysical Union



  • Burleyson C.D., A. Rahman, J.S. Rice, A.D. Smith, and N. Voisin. 2021. "Multiscale Effects Masked the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Electricity Demand in the United States." Applied Energy 304. PNNL-SA-162206. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.117711
  • Cohen S., G.C. Iyer, M. Brown, J. Macknick, M.A. Wise, M.T. Binsted, and N. Voisin, et al. 2021. "How structural differences influence cross-model consistency: An electric sector case study." Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 144. PNNL-SA-149703. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2021.111009
  • Oikonomou K., K. Mongird, J.S. Rice, and J.S. Homer. 2021. "Resilience of Interdependent Water and Power Systems: A Literature Review and Conceptual Modeling Framework." Water 13, no. 20:Art. No. 2846. PNNL-SA-165703. doi:10.3390/w13202846
  • Turner S., J.S. Rice, K.D. Nelson, C.R. Vernon, R. Mcmanamay, K. Dickson, and L. Marston. 2021. "Comparison of potential drinking water source contamination across one hundred U.S. cities." Nature Communications 12. PNNL-SA-160268. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27509-9


  • Burleyson C.D., G.C. Iyer, M.I. Hejazi, S.H. Kim, P. Kyle, J.S. Rice, and A.D. Smith, et al. 2020. "Future western U.S. building electricity consumption in response to climate and population drivers: A comparative study of the impact of model structure." Energy 208. PNNL-SA-151017. doi:10.1016/


  • Vernon C.R., J.S. Rice, N. Zuljevic, T.E. Seiple, M. Kintner-Meyer, C. Jin, and J. Olson, et al. 2018. "CERF - A Geospatial Model for Assessing Future Energy Production Technology Expansion Feasibility." Journal of Open Research Software. PNNL-SA-125186. doi:10.5334/jors.227
  • Vernon C.R., N. Zuljevic, J.S. Rice, T.E. Seiple, M. Kintner-Meyer, N. Voisin, and I.P. Kraucunas, et al. 2018. "CERF - A Geospatial Model for Assessing Future Energy Production Technology Expansion Feasibility." Journal of Open Research Software 6, no. 1:20. PNNL-SA-133523. doi:10.5334/jors.227


  • Ke X., D. Wu, J.S. Rice, M.C. Kintner-Meyer, and N. Lu. 2016. "Quantifying impacts of heat waves on power grid operation." Applied Energy 183. PNNL-SA-116806. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.08.188


  • Dirks J.A., W.J. Gorrissen, J.E. Hathaway, D.C. Skorski, M.J. Scott, T.C. Pulsipher, and M. Huang, et al. 2015. "Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Consumption and Peak Demand in Buildings: A Detailed Regional Approach." Energy 79. PNNL-SA-94630. doi:10.1016/
  • Hejazi M.I., N. Voisin, L. Liu, L.M. Bramer, D.C. Fortin, J.E. Hathaway, and M. Huang, et al. 2015. "21st Century United States Emissions Mitigation Could Increase Water Stress more than the Climate Change it is Mitigating." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112, no. 34:10635-10640. PNNL-SA-105956. doi:10.1073/pnas.1421675112
  • Scott M.J., D.S. Daly, J.E. Hathaway, C.S. Lansing, Y. Liu, H.C. McJeon, and R.H. Moss, et al. 2015. "Calculating Impacts of Energy Standards on Energy Demand in U.S. Buildings with Uncertainty in an Integrated Assessment Model." Energy 90, no. Part 2:1682-1694. PNNL-SA-102017. doi:10.1016/