I am a climate scientist in the University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences studying the physical basis of climate variability and climate change, specifically the mechanisms governing the large-scale circualtion of the atmosphere and ocean. By understanding the physical processes controling the spatial and temporal evolution of climate, I aim to improve our ability to predict climate change and its impacts, so that society can better prepare for the future.
I am currently focused on understanding the role of the ocean circulation in climate variability on long time scales. I have previously worked on planetary-scale atmospheric circulation anomalies, their role in the hydrological cycle, and their response to climate change. I am also interested in the mechanistic controls on the global ocean overturning circulation, and the role of ocean overturning changes in past climate change. My background is in physics and I am broadly interested in understanding the complex interactions between the many elements of the climate system: the atmosphere, the ocean, the cryosphere, and the land surface. For more on my research, see the research and publications tabs.
My passion for earth science is part of a broader interest in exploring, learning about, and educating about the earth. I bring this together on my blog. I also like to document beautiful landscapes from around the world with my photography.