I will be recruiting graduate students in Fall of 2023 – please check back for more opportunities!

Lab goal:

To understand the role of the land system in the global climate system, in a supportive, inclusive learning environment.

What we research:

Check out the “Research” section of the website for details on specific past and ongoing projects.

In the lab, we aim to understand the role of the land surface in the global climate system, exploring the coupling between terrestrial processes and atmospheric dynamics. This spans everything from studying how crop management is impacting regional cloud formation to how the distribution of land masses on a planet modulates the base state climate of that planet. Research areas include:

  • Vegetation change impacts on local climate
  • Vegetation change impacts on the atmosphere
  • Atmospheric feedbacks to terrestrial change
  • Where the atmosphere is most sensitive to changes in the land surface
  • What about the land does the atmosphere care most about?
  • Land processes impacting the atmosphere and ocean
  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Vegetation dynamics
  • Cloud responses to land surface processes
  • Global Earth System Modelling / Climate Modelling
  • Climate model development
  • Atmospheric and terrestrial systems modelling – and the coupling between them
  • Global energy budgets
  • Paleoclimate
  • Future climate
  • Planetary climates

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Engaging in undergraduate research is a fantastic way to learn new skills and concepts outside of the classroom. University of Utah students can pursue research projects with a faculty member for academic credit or through funded research programs such as the Wilkes Scholars program and the UROP program. I welcome collaborations with undergraduate students from Fall of 2023 onwards.

Graduate Students

Check back for more details later!

Postdoctoral Scholars

While I do not currently have funding to support any postdoctoral scholars, I encourage anyone interested in working with me to reach out to discuss possible research areas and to apply for postdoctoral fellowships. Fellowship opportunities include the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship program and NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships; you can also check if your current institution can nominate you for a Schmidt Science Fellowship. International applicants are eligible for some of the USA-based fellowships mentioned in the last sentence, and may also be eligible for postdoctoral fellowship funding from their home country which they can hold abroad (e.g. NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships). The Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy also sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah.