I am a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University, though I also spend time at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in the division of Ocean and Climate Physics. My primary interest is atmospheric and climate dynamics - I study the natural variability of the atmosphere and climate system as a whole and how they might change in the future.
My academic background is in Physics: I received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Columbia University and an M.S. in Physics from the University of California, San Diego, before returning to Columbia to study climate science. As an undergraduate, I was part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and worked in an Szabolcs Marka's Astrophysics lab studying gravitational wave detection.
With my advisors, Adam Sobel and Michela Biasutti, I am studying Earth's seasonal cycle of temperature and precipitation and the factors that control the strength and timing of the seasons. If these factors change in the future, the seasonal characteristics of temperature and precipitation will change. Global climate models project that this means weaker seasons that are shifted to later in the year at high latitudes. The changes at low latitudes, are smaller but towards stronger, earlier seasons, which has implications for the timing of monsoonal rain and agriculture.