About me

Aloha! E komo mai.

El Niño and MeI am a third year Ph.D. student in the Atmospheric Science department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. My current research interests include El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) dynamics, ENSO’s global impacts, and connections between ENSO and extreme weather phenomena.

I earned 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 oceanography, back to geology, and finally to atmospheric science. I’ve gained research experience across varying fields, from studying algae at the Cape Cod National Seashore to investigating Nitrogen content of East African soils, and observing the Antarctic summer weather. These varied opportunities are a reflection of 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 for better-informed decision-making. I first gained experience applying climate information as an intern working for the Adaptation for Development and Conservation (ADVANCE) Partnership. Each region we worked with had its own cultural perspectives, priorities, and climate, therefore our team had to be well-informed, flexible, and innovative to come up with comprehensive climate change projections and climate risk assessments that would address each region’s specific concerns. I hope to engage in more projects like this in the future.

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