El Niño and MeI am a Ph.D. candidate in the Atmospheric Science department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. My current research interests include atmospheric blocking, tropical-extratropical climate interactions and El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) dynamics, teleconnections, and impacts.

I have a B.S. in Environmental Science from Northeastern University and an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University. My eagerness to study Earth’s interconnected systems has led me down a highly meandering path from geology, to biological oceanography, back to geology, and finally to climate and atmospheric science. I’ve gained research experience across varying fields, from studying harmful algal blooms at the Cape Cod National Seashore to investigating Nitrogen content of East African soils, and observing the Antarctic summer weather. These varied opportunities reflect my excitement in cross-disciplinary interactions and collaborations.

Broadly speaking, my future goals are to expand both the scientific and general public understanding of climate variability/change and to help others apply such knowledge towards enhancing climate and weather models and better-informed decision-making.