I'm a Postdoctoral Fellow with support from the NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowship and WHOI Scholars programs. I'm working with Kevin Anchukaitis, Kristopher Karnauskas and other scientists at WHOI. Our research is focused on tropical dendrochronology, paleoclimate variability, and anthropogenic climate change in Central America. A principal goal of this collaborative work is to better understand how ocean-atmosphere dynamics drive regional hydroclimatic variability at seasonal to centennial timescales.
I'm interested in climate variability and climate change as top-down drivers of Earth’s water cycle and other biophysical systems. The primary vein of my research is focused on paleoclimatology and the context it offers for framing modern climate dynamics and anthropogenic climate change. Toward this end, I develop high-resolution paleoenvironmental records from tree rings, with which we can better understand Earth's complex systems and against which we may measure humanity’s influence.
I'm also intruiged by the notion of climate services and am keen to bridge the gap between climate knowledge and natural resources management. Integrating applied research, science translation, public outreach, social networks, and iterative collaboration with stakeholders, one goal is to contribute to the production of resource management strategies that will be resilient to climate change. Previously I've worked on topics including North American monsoon paleoclimatology, California drought history, and the survival of old-growth forests in non-commercial landscapes.
I've accepted an assistant professorship in the University of Minnesota Department of Geography, Environment, and Society, where I'll join the faculty full time in August 2014. The UMN Center for Dendrochronology offers excellent opportunities for student research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Prospective students should send a curriculum vitae and brief statement of research interests.
My curriculum vitae is here.