As a climate scientist, I study the physics, dynamics, and impacts of the Earth’s changing climate system. I’m especially interested in how global warming is affecting the character and causes of regional climate extremes—including the atmospheric phenomena responsible for droughts, floods, and wildfires. My research embraces “climate complexity” by accounting for the nuanced spatial and temporal characteristics of our planet’s response to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations. I also work to understand linkages between different elements of the broader Earth system, and how changing conditions in the tropics and polar regions may be affecting climate in geographically distant regions.
My recent work seeks to understand the changing spatiotemporal character of precipitation, including the rising risk of regional “megafloods” in a warming climate. In addition, my colleagues and I have recently embarked on multiple research projects focused on understanding the climate-related factors driving the recent surge in wildfire activity in California. A collective aim of both these research tracks is to develop empirically-supported approaches to natural hazard mitigation that benefit both society and the environment in an era of increasing climate whiplash.
I currently hold joint appointments as a climate scientist within UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a research fellow in the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and as the California Climate Fellow at The Nature Conservancy.
Science Communication and Outreach
I author the Weather West blog, which provides real-time perspectives on California and western North American weather, climate, and regional change. I also engage extensively with journalists and other partners to facilitate accessible, scientifically-informed media coverage surrounding climate change. In addition to serving as a climate and weather science liaison to print, radio, television, and web media outlets, I also review existing news articles for scientific accuracy as part of the Climate Feedback team. You can find me on Twitter @Weather_West.
Full curriculum vitae available here.
Simulating and Evaluating Atmospheric River-Induced Precipitation Extremes along the U.S. Pacific Coast: Case Studies from 1980-2017
Published Work | 2020 |
Published Work | 2019 | Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Published Work | 2018 | Geophysical Research Letters
Published Work | 2018 | Journal of Climate
Published Work | 2018 | Nature Climate Change
Published Work | 2017 | Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Published Work | 2017 | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Published Work | 2016 | Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Trends in Atmospheric Patterns Conducive to Seasonal Precipitation and Temperature Extremes in California
Published Work | 2016 | Science Advances
Evaluation of Non-hydrostatic Simulations of Northeast Pacific Atmospheric Rivers and Comparison to In-situ Observations
Published Work | 2015 | Monthly Weather Review
Published Work | 2015 | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Published Work | 2015 | Nature
A tale of two California Droughts: Lessons Amidst Record Warmth and Dryness in a Region of Complex Physical and Human Geography
Published Work | 2015 | Geophysical Research Letters
The Extraordinary California Drought of 2013-2014: Character, Context, and the Role of Climate Change
Published Work | 2014 | Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society