Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
My research connects the basic building blocks of atmospheric physics to the emergent phenomena of planetary climate, using a hierarchy of tools ranging from pencil-and-paper theory to numerical simulation. I am particularly interested in clouds, radiative transfer, and severe weather.
In my current position, I am working with Prof. Robin Wordsworth to understand convective clouds in very warm and moist atmospheres approaching the "runaway greenhouse" state.
I got my PhD in December 2018 from the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Berkeley, where my advisor was David Romps. Prior to graduate school, I studied physics and philosophy at Haverford College.
The radiative forcing from doubling CO2 varies significantly across the globe, showing a significant pole-to-equator gradient, for example. In a new paper out in Journal of Climate, we build a simple analytical model for CO2 forcing that quantitatively explains this spatial variability.
In a paper led by Yang Chen of UC Irvine, we project that lightning in the Arctic will double by the end of the century in a high-emissions scenario (RCP8.5).
Just in time for AGU, our new paper about the state-dependence of equilibrium climate sensitivity is out now in GRL! Coauthored with Nadir Jeevanjee.
- H2O windows and CO2 radiator fins: a clear-sky explanation for the peak in ECS
- For an explanation of the main idea, check out my AGU talk!