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Illinois Research Climatologist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I am the Illinois Research Climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my Ph.D. in regional climate modeling from Arizona State University in 2012.

My research interests lie in atmospheric sciences and land/ocean-atmosphere interactions at a range of spatial scales (regional to local) that are relevant to the management of human and natural systems. My aim is to create a new generation of high-resolution climate models capable of resolving relatively small-scale processes and impacts in a sufficiently physically based way that they can be used for future climate predictions with increased confidence. I perform targeted dynamical downscaling experiments with the overarching goal of creating “bridges” between global, regional and micro-scale modeling.

Research Interests:

Regional climate modeling: Land/ocean/lake-atmosphere interactions, lake breeze, UHI effect, land data assimilation, hydrometeorological extremes

Microscale modeling: Climate modeling at hyper-local scales (~m scales)

Climate adaptation and mitigation: Interactions between urban ecology and urban heat island in a changing climate


  • –present
    Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Notre Dame