I am currently a James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley. I received my PhD from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA, USA in 2019, where I worked with Prof. Abigail Swann in the EcoClimate Lab. My research focuses on land-atmosphere interactions.
In particular, I study how changes in the land can drive changes in the both the local atmosphere and the large-scale climate. I use models to test how individual land-surface properties modify energy and water fluxes to the atmosphere, and how those energy flux changes in turn impact climate, both locally and in regions far away from the initial land change. As part of my PhD work, I developed an idealized land surface model (the Simple Land Interface Model, SLIM) which couples to the Community Earth System Model. I am particularly interested in understanding where the atmosphere cares about changes in the land surface, and what particular properties of the land surface it is that the atmosphere cares about.
My undergraduate education was completed in the Honours Mathematics program at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I came to the University of Washington in 2013, during which time I completed an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences (2016), an MSc in Applied Mathematics (2018), and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences (2019).