Our group studies atmospheric dynamics, climate variability, and general circulation. Increased confidence in quantitative climate prediction can only come from a deep understanding of the physical processes that set climate. Important physical mechanisms and interactions in atmosphere and climate dynamics will be defined and isolated in idealized models, and subsequently tested using observational and reanalysis records and with comprehensive models. Our goal is to understand both how the atmosphere and ocean work and how we can improve climate models to reduce the uncertainty in future projections. Current areas of focus include mid-latitude jet and storm track dynamics, stratospheric dynamics, and stratosphere-troposphere interactions.
I joined Stanford's department of Earth system science as an assistant professor in January 2018. Prior to this, I was a Junior Fellow of the Simons Foundation in New York, and a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s Department of Applied Physics and Applied Math the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, hosted by Lorenzo M. Polvani. I got my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, in the Program for Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, where I worked with R. Alan Plumb. I’m broadly interested in atmosphere and ocean dynamics, climate variability, and general circulation.