I am a Stanback Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science and Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. My research interests are in climate dynamics, with a focus on how atmospheric feedbacks associated with clouds, water vapor, and sea ice affect the large-scale circulation and spatial patterns of climate change. In 2013, I completed my PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.

Prior to my research in climate science, I investigated mountain-belt dynamics and seismic hazard in the Himalaya. I hold a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002) and an MS from the University of Colorado in Boulder (2005), and I have worked as a geodetic engineer in the non-profit sector.