I grew up surfing and sailing, sitting for hours watching swells wrap into bays and tracking weather systems as they spiraled up the coast. Only much later did I realize that all those hours of observations were basically a training course in observational earth science, the time when I learned how to look carefully at weather patterns and winds and coastal geology, and to start to understand how the climate system works on both short and long timescales. My PhD research at Columbia University focuses on tracking changes in the large-scale atmospheric circulation systems of the Southern Hemisphere in the past, when the planet was much colder than it is today. Understanding how and why those circulation systems change can help us understand the complexity and sensitivity of the climate system, so that we can better predict how it will respond in the future. Before I started my PhD, I finished an MS in Journalism (also at Columbia), where I focused on science writing and video production.
Fellowship publications at National Geographic
6/18/2018 Rare Manta Ray Nursery Discovered
6/27/2018 Coldest Place on Earth Found—Here's How
7/16/2018 The Internet Is Drowning
7/30/2018 How Explorers Sleep in Extreme Spots