Robert Wills

Graduate Student, California Institue of Technology
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I am a 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 Zürich. I am permanently located at ETH Zürich with only brief visits to Caltech, but remain a Caltech student. For more on my research, see the research and publications tabs.

My passion for earth science is part of a broader interest in exploring, learning about, and teaching about the earth. I try to bring it all together on my blog. I also try to document beautiful landscapes from around the world with my photography.

Robert Wills

PhD Student
Environmental Science and Engineering
California Institute of Technology

Academic Guest
Geological Institute
ETH Zürich

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