Climate plays an important role in the behavior of the terrestrial portion of the Earth System. Less frequently discussed, however, is the idea that changes in the land surface itself can influence the atmosphere and climate. My work is focussed on understanding how changes in the land surface can drive responses in the atmosphere, at both regional and global scales.

​In particular, my work aims to identify where the atmosphere is most sensitive to changes in the land surface, and which​ surface properties have the biggest impact on the atmosphere at any given location.

I use Earth System Models to study how the land and the atmosphere interact. In particular, I use the Community Earth System Model (CESM), and SLIM (an idealized land model which I have developed to run coupled to the CESM framework).