From a young age I've been fascinated by the weather and climate that surrounds us. I majored in physics as an undergraduate and realized how fundamental physics is to our understanding of earth. Graduate school has been a fantastic opportunity for me to combine my interest in our atmosphere with my passion for using math and physics to better understand the world.
I use a variety of idealized climate models to separate and better understand how dynamics and radiation individually control different aspects of atmospheric heat transport. I focus on the role of planetary rotation rate and radiative temperature tendency and find each is important for different aspects of heat transport. Full manuscript submitted to Journal of Climate.
On seasonal and longer time scales, atmospheric heat transport generally varies smoothly with latitude. However, on shorter time scales we know that individual storms do not create atmospheric heat transport that varies smoothly with latitude. I am currently working on better understanding the connections between these different time scales of atmospheric heat transport.
Having a basic understanding of climate change is becoming increasingly important as climate is talked about more often in popular media. I hope to help people become more informed about the state of climate science to help them better understand climate news when they see it. Check out some of the great outreach work we're doing within the Atmospheric Sciences Department and the Program on Climate Change.
I am a co-founder of the Actionable Community-Oriented Research eNgagement (ACORN) program that facilitates project-based collaboration between UW graduate students and community organizations. We are currently looking to develop more partnerships to help meet community priorities related to climate change—please contact us at email@example.com if interested!