Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences


In January, 2013, I joined what is now the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. I work mostly within the Climate and Environment Group. I am also a fellow of the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society (IBES) and collaborate with the Fluids at Brown program and the Brown Theoretical Physics Center.

From 2007-2012, I was a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. I taught in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and was an affiliate of the Department of Applied Mathematics. Before Boulder, I worked with Raffaele Ferrari at MIT and Geoff Vallis at Princeton and GFDL. My Ph.D. is from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography working with Paola Rizzoli (at MIT) and Joe Pedlosky (at WHOI). In my pre-oceanographic career, I trained in physics at Reed with Nick Wheeler and at Brandeis with X.-J. Wang.

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