I joined Stanford's Earth System Science department as an assistant professor in January 2018. Prior to this, I was a 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.
I'm particularly interested in fundamental questions in atmospheric dynamics, which I address using a combination of theory, observations, and both idealized and comprehensive numerical experiments. Current areas of focus include the dynamics, variability, and change of the mid-latitude jets and storm tracks and the stratospheric polar vortex.
Michael studies the large-scale extratropical circulation response to tropical convection, the tropospheric signal associated with sudden stratospheric warming events, and teleconnections more generally. Additionally, he has recently published research on the role of anthropogenic global warming on the increasing risk of wildfires in California, such as the destructive and deadly wildfire seasons of 2017 and 2018.
To date, I've focused on the dynamics of tropical rainfall -- the historical influence of extratropical sea surface temperatures on it, how its distribution is coupled to the tropical ocean circulation and, more recently, how the storms that produce it contribute to the tropical atmospheric circulation. This research has involved simple models of the climate, reconstructions of the tropical climate from observations, and satellite observations of tropical storms. At Stanford, I'm excited to study gravity waves in the stratosphere using novel balloon observations. We hope to use the data to better understand the sources of these waves and their effect on the atmospheric circulation.
I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in physics. At Stanford, my research will focus on climate dynamics as I pursue a Ph.D. in the Department of Earth System Science starting in summer 2019. I grew up in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, where I learned to love hiking and birdwatching.
I will complete a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in March 2021. I am broadly interested in the applications of machine learning to climate modeling, and intend to apply for Ph.D. programs in Climate Physics in the fall of 2020. Originally from Chicago, I moved to California in 2015. In my free time I enjoy brazilian jiu jitsu, backpacking, and scuba diving.
I graduated from Williams College in 2020, majoring in physics and geosciences. In my senior thesis, I studied landfast sea ice stability in Alaska using seismology. At Stanford, as a research and project assistant, I will help with the management and analysis of climate model data as well as helping to coordinate a multi-institution project. Beyond experimenting and research, I'm interested in the use of climate model data for decision making and risk mitigation. I enjoy biking and winemaking, and in 2022 will begin a 1-year travel fellowship learning about fermentation.
Undergraduate researcher, Summer 2019/Summer 2020, worked on eddy length scales and balloon observations.
Postdoc (9/2018-4/2020) Worked on stratospheric dynamics, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, jet stream variability, and gravity waves
Now a natural catastrophe specialist at Swiss Re, Armonk NY