I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Caltech Environmental Science and Engineering Department. I am interested in understanding the complex interactions between the many elements of the climate system: the atmosphere, the ocean, the cryosphere, and the land surface. My background is in theoretical physics and nonlinear dynamics and I have previously studied topics ranging from plasma confinement for nuclear fusion to systems neuroscience. My current research project is trying to explain the role of mountain ranges and continents in shaping the pattern of global precipitation in a changing climate. I hope that this will be useful to understand how local erosion, water supply, agriculture, and glaciers will be affected by climate change. My advisor is Tapio Schnieder who is now a professor at ETH Zurich to which I am moving in summer 2012 to continue pursuing my Caltech Ph.D. For more on my research interests and for publications, see the science tab.
I have many non-scientific interests including exploring the outdoors, photography, making musical instruments, making music, and snowboarding. For examples of my photography, see the photography tab. For examples of my music, see the music tab.