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

My Climate Dynamics research group is working on various aspects of climate variability and change in the past, present, and future. These range from regional to global scales, from the tropics to the poles. Among other things, we are trying to understand how the future climate in the North Pacific 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 or heavy rainfall)

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


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





Short Biography (see full CV for details)

Academic Appointments (post PhD)

  1. 2020--Present: Assistant Professor (Oceanography Department and International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, USA)
  2. 2018--2019: Assistant Project Leader and Research Professor (IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP), Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea)
  3. 2016--2018: NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow (Atmospheric Sciences Department, University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
  4. 2015--2017: NOAA Affiliate (Visitor/Collaborator at Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton, USA)
  5. 2015--2016: Postdoctoral Fellow (Atmospheric Sciences Department, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, USA)
Education
  1. 2015: PhD in Meteorology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA)
  2. 2009: German Diplom (combined B.S/M.S degree) in Marine Environmental Sciences, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (Germany)
Major Awards
  1. 2020: Kamide Lecture Award, Atmospheric Sciences section, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)
  2. 2018: STS forum (Science and Technology in Society forum) Future Leaders Program Fellow, Kyoto, Japan
  3. 2016: Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL) division, European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  4. 2016: NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (alumni class 26), USA

Other

  1. IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) WG1 contributing author
  2. Member: CLIVAR research focus group "Tropical basin interaction"
  3. Lived and worked in Hawaiʻi, the mainland USA, South Korea, Germany, New Zealand/Aotearoa, Indonesia, and Australia.


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