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Research Fellow in Physics, University of Otago

I am currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Previously I completed my PhD in Atmospheric Sciences: Advanced Data Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. My PhD was partly supported by a Fulbright New Zealand Science and Innovation Award.

My research has focused on studying the climate of Antarctica and the Arctic through the use of global climate models. I have published research on the impact of freshwater from Antarctic ice shelves on Antarctic sea ice, the effect of changes in Antarctic ice sheet topography on climate, the efficacy of Arctic sea ice geoengineering, and the impact of volcanic eruptions on polar climate. I am also interested in open source software and software development for studying climate. While completing my PhD I did an internship at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence where I was part of a team rewriting an atmosphere model in Python, which allowed the model to run on CPUs or GPUs without changes to the model code.


  • –present
    Research Fellow in Physics, University of Otago


  • 2022 
    University of Washington, PhD in Atmospheric Sciences: Advanced Data Science
  • 2017 
    University of Otago, MSc in Physics
  • 2014 
    University of Otago, BSc(Hons) First Class in Physics


  • 2023
    Linearity of the climate system response to raising and lowering West Antarctic and coastal Antarctic topography, Journal of Climate
  • 2023
    The climate response to the Mt. Pinatubo eruption does not constrain climate sensitivity, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2021
    Robust Inter‐Hemispheric Asymmetry in the Response to Symmetric Volcanic Forcing in Model Large Ensembles, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2021
    Arctic sea ice response to flooding of the snow layer in future warming scenarios, Earth's Future
  • 2017
    Time‐dependent freshwater input from ice shelves: Impacts on Antarctic sea ice and the Southern Ocean in an Earth System Model, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2016
    The response of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic sea ice to freshwater from ice shelves in an Earth system model, Journal of Climate