Department of Atmospheric
University of Washington, Seattle
Climate dynamicist by day, aerial circus artist by night, sometimes I get to combine the two.... Climate on Air: What is Climate?
is a video I created, together with Megan McKeown, explaining the concept of climate through aerial circus. This video was created for the Alan Alda Flame Challenge, a competition judged by the audience: 11 year olds!
My research interests are driven by my attraction to the beauty and
elegance of large-scale climate dynamics, combined with my belief in the
importance of regional-scale weather events. I have a strong interest in
atmospheric dynamics, particularly atmospheric waves. I play with climate
models, conducting sensitivity experiments to test theories on how parts of the
Earth system interact with the weather and climate.
Current research projects include: how Rossby wave refraction is
related to extreme events; connecting weather and climate through weather
regimes; the impacts of
mountains on atmopsheric circulation and variability, including SSWs and
weather regimes; the
influence of deforestation on tropical weather and climate; variability of the
hydrological cycle; the influence of Earth's topography on atmosphere-ocean
coupling and ocean circulation
I believe open access brings benefits to all scientists; as such I
am working to put all my analysis code on github with public access - see my github account.
When I'm not busy rearranging mountains or rainforests in climate
models, I'm usually off hiking in the Pacific Northwest, helping keep
hikers safe with King County Search
and Rescue, flying around in the air with double
trapeze, or flying
trapeze, or keeping a foot in the world of Ballroom and Latin Dancesport.
I love to give public outreach talks on weather, climate, and
climate change through Cascadia Climate Action;
see my outreach page for any upcoming events. I'm currently collaborating
on producing videos combining aerial circus with climate outreach - challenging myself to explain climate concepts simply, while up in the air!
Affiliations:JISAO, University of Washington.