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.
Out now in Nature: we simulated hothouse climates in a cloud-resolving model and obtained a fascinating, intensely episodic hydrological cycle. Check out the paper to learn why this happens and what the implications might be!
The radiative forcing from doubling CO2 varies significantly across the globe, with a notable pole-to-equator gradient. Our new paper in Journal of Climate builds 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).