I am an Assistant Professor in the Oceanography Department and the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Both are part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST).

My Climate Dynamics research group is working on various aspects of internal climate variability and forced climate changes (for instance due to changes in greenhouse gas concentrations) in the past, present, and future. These range from regional to global scales, from the tropics to the poles. Among other things, we are for instance trying to understand how the future climate in the North Pacific surrounding Hawaiʻi will be shaped by both local processes and by remote influences from the deep tropics.

Our tools include statistical analysis of observations and paleo records as well as hierarchies of climate model simulations, ranging from very idealized low-order systems to state-of-the-art high-resolution coupled climate models and large ensemble projects. High resolution models allow us to gain a better understanding of regional processes while large ensembles provide a powerful tool to study changes in extreme events (such as marine heatwaves and heavy rainfall).

Furthermore, we are interested in practical applications of the insights gained from studying fundamental climate dynamics to seasonal forecasting and society. For instance, we recently developed a new statistical-dynamical forecast system for the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which exhibits superior skill to all current operational IOD prediction systems.

Besides teaching and researching at the University of Hawaiʻi, I am a contributing author in Working Group I of the upcoming IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and a member of the upcoming CLIVAR research focus group "Tropical basin interaction" (starting in 2020).

Please contact me regarding potential opportunities to join the group as a student/postdoc.


From 2018-2019 I was an Assistant Project Leader at the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) and Research Professor at Pusan National University (PNU) in Busan, South Korea. At ICCP, I was leading the group "Tropical climate dynamics: past, present, future". During 2016-2018, I was a NOAA Climate & Global Change postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences department, hosted by Cecilia Bitz. I received my PhD in Meteorology in 2015, working with Fei-Fei Jin at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Atmospheric Sciences department.


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