I'm a postdoctoral associate in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I work with Paul O'Gorman on climate and atmospheric dynamics, particularly in the mid-latitudes.
My current work is focused on modifying our theories of mid-latitude atmospheric dynamics to include the effects of moisture. I'm also researching the effects of sea ice loss on the extratropical atmospheric circulation and how extreme weather events might change in response.
Previously I did my PhD work at Columbia University in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (2009-2014). Along with my advisors, Michela Biasutti and Adam Sobel, I studied projected changes to the annual cycle of temperature and precipitation. Using models ranging in complexity from fully-comprehensive general circulation models to simple energy balance models as well as observations, I linked these changes to sea ice at high latitudes and the large-scale tropical circulation at low latitudes.
My academic background is in Physics: I received an MS in Physics from the University of California, San Diego, where I studied how well climate models captured "global dimming" associated with increased atmospheric aerosols. I earned my BA in Physics and Mathematics from Columbia University where I researched gravitational wave in Szabolcs Marka's lab and as a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.