Curriculum vitae


Education

Stanford University / Carnegie Science (2017 – 2019)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Global Ecology

Duke University (2012 – 2016)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences

San José State University (2009 – 2012)
Master of Science (MS), Department of Meteorology and Climate Science

University of Wisconsin – Madison (2004 – 2008)
Bachelor of Science (BS), Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Publications

Grants

  • Co-PI, “Understanding Extreme Fire Weather Conditions using a 30-year High-Resolution WRF Model Dataset”, 2020-2022, $380,000
  • PI, “Large Spatial-Scale Droughts in Wind and Solar Energy Resources and their Relation to temperature-related Floods in Energy Demand”, 2020-2022, $95,000

Teaching Experience

  • San Jose State University
  • Assistant Professor, Fall 2019 – 
  • Meteorology 168 – Global Climate Change (3 semesters)
  • Meteorology 12 – Global Warming: Science and Solutions (3 semesters)
  • Meteorology 171 – Synoptic Weather Analysis and Forecasting (2 semesters)
  • Duke University
  • Teaching Assistant, August 2012 – December 2016
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 355 – Global Warming
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 511 – The Climate System (2 semesters)
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 508 – Climate History
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 365 – Weather and Climate
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 12 – The History of Life and Earth
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 101 – The Dynamic Earth
  • Duke Kunshan University (Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China)
  • Instructor, Fall 2015
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 366 – Climate Change and Society in China
  • San Jose State University
  • Instructor, August 2010 – June 2012
  • Meteorology 12 – Global Warming: Science and Solutions (Sole Instructor, 4 semesters)
  • Meteorology 173 – Global Climate Modeling (Lab Instructor, 1 semester)

Advising, Mentorship & Service

  • Undergraduate Major Advisor, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, 2020 –
  • San José State College of Science Curriculum committee, 2019 –
  • Undergraduate Senior Thesis Advisor
    • Juan Zuniga, B.S. 2020
  • Master’s Thesis Advisor
    • Kyle Bergerson, M.S. expected 2021
    • Holt Hanley, M.S. expected, 2021

Professional Experience

  • ClimateAI
    • Innovation Lead, March 2018 – July 2019
  • Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    • Advisor: Ken Caldeira
  • Duke University
    • Research Assistant, August 2012 – December 2016
    • Committee: Wenhong Li (Advisor), M. Susan Lozier, Drew Shindell, Paul Baker, Yi Ming
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
    • Graduate Fellowship Program Intern, summer 2016
    • Graduate Fellowship Program Intern, summer 2014
  • NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)
    • Research Associate, summer 2015
  • Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
    • Staff Scientist – Climate modeling adviser, October 2014 – February 2015
  • San Jose State University
    • Research Assistant, August 2009 – August 2012
  • Climate Clock Initiative
    • Climate Science Advisor, April 2011 – August 2011
  • Weather Central, LLC / MyWeather, LLC
    • Forecaster / Graphics Technician / Customer Support / Market Research / Data Entry, December 2008 – August 2009
  • NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)
    • Meteorology Intern, summer 2007
  • NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center (GSFC)
    • Atmospheric Science Intern, summer 2006

Review Services

Assessment Reports:

  • Expert Reviewer: IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Working Group I
  • Expert Reviewer: IPCC Special Report of global warming of 1.5C

Scholarly Journals:

  • Nature Climate Change
  • Nature Geoscience
  • Nature Communications
  • Journal of Climate
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • Climatic Change
  • Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres
  • Oceanography
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Earth System Dynamics
  • Health Science Reports
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Miscellaneous:

Conference Presentations

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting
    • Wind and Solar Droughts over western North America (12/2020)

Miscellaneous Talks– Scientific Audience

  • Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary: Pandemic & Climate Disruption Reporting and Communicating Global Threats to Humanity? (4/2020)
  • CSU – BW: Climate Change and Water (12/2019)
    • An empirical methodology that forecasts deviations in the distributions of land temperatures on season timescales that impact agricultural productivity, outdoor labor productivity, electricity demand, and human mortality
  • Association for Computing Machinery ACM) meetup hosted at PayPal HQ (6/2018)
  • Stanford University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems Colloquium (1/2018)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Seminar Series (8/2017)
    • Change in the magnitude and mechanisms of global temperature variability with warming
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Climate and Weather Seminar Series (2/2017)
    • INVITED: Change in the magnitude and mechanisms of global temperature variability with warming
  • Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University (1/2017)
    • Do propagation of error calculations invalidate global climate model projections?
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) seminar (7/2016)
    • Unforced surface air temperature variability and its contrasting relationship with the anomalous TOA energy flux at local and global spatial scales
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (11/2015)
    • Unforced Surface Temperature Variability and its Relationship with the Top-of-Atmosphere Energy Budget
  • GFDL Public Seminar (6/2015)
    • Unforced Surface Temperature Variability and its Relationship with the Top-of-Atmosphere Energy Balance in CMIP5 Models
  • Duke Seminars
    • Magnitude and Mechanisms of Unforced Global Mean Surface Air Temperature Variability (2/2015)
    • Regions of Significant Influence on Unforced Global Mean Surface Air Temperature Variability in Climate Models (12/2014)
    • Top-of-Atmosphere Radiative Contribution to Unforced Decadal Global Temperature Variability in Climate Models (3/2014)
    • Unforced Surface Temperature Variability in Observations and its Implication on Contemporary Climate Change (10/2012)
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) seminar (8/2014)
    • Top-of-atmosphere radiative feedbacks in the context of unforced interdecadal temperature variability
  • San Jose State University Seminars
    • Unforced Surface Temperature Variability in Observations and its Implication on Contemporary Climate Change (3/2012)
    • Reproduction of Intradecadal to Multidecadal Surface Temperature Variability in Radiatively Forced Coupled Climate Models (3/2012)
    • The State of Climate Science: From Recent Observations to ‘Climategate’ (4/2010)
      • This presentation can be viewed in three parts herehere and here.
  • Atmospheric Sciences Symposium at UC Berkeley (2/2012)
    • Role of Unforced Multidecadal Variability on 21st Century Surface Temperature Projections
  • NASA Langley Research Center intern presentations (8/2007)
    • The Saharan Air Layer’s interaction with tropical waves during the NAMMA time period
  • NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center intern presentations (8/2006)
    • The Calibration of Water Vapor Profiles Produced from LIDAR Instrumentation

Outreach: Miscellaneous Talks for a General Audience

  • San Jose City Town Hall: Wildfire Safety in the times of Climate Change (10/2020)
  • Connection between climate change and California fires
  • Climate Emergency Response Town Hall (8/2018)
  • Pinewood School, Los Altos, CA (4/2018)
    • Global Warming: Science and Solutions
  • Roosevelt School, Redwood City, CA (10/2017)
    • Human influence on the global climate
  • Quarry Lane School, Dublin, CA (9/2017)
  • San Jose People’s Climate March (4/2017)
  • Washington Latin Public Charter School (5/2016)
    • Ask a climate scientist anything
  • Woods Charter School – Environmental Science Guest Speaker (2/2014)
    • Global Temperature Variability and ‘the pause’
  • Environmental Resources Management (ERM) seminar (12/2013)
    • The science behind climate change: what we know and what we don’t know in 2013.
  • Bay Area Earth Science Institute: Global Warming and our Carbon Footprint
    • Global Warming: Topical Aspects of the Science Presented in FAQ Form (7/2011)
    • The State of Climate Science: From Recent Observations to ‘Climategate’ (3/2010)

Outreach: Digital Education Material

Outreach: Media Mentions Contributions and Interviews

General

On California Wildfires

On Climate Economics

On the magnitude of future global warming

Climate Feedback

On changes in global temperature variability with warming

On the stability of unforced global temperature

On the pace of global warming over the beginning of the 21st century

On the origin of unforced variability in climate models

On the causes of unforced variability in climate models

Awards

  • 2016 Duke Graduate School Fellowship for Outstanding Performance
  • 2015 Nicholas School of the Environment Dean’s Award for the Best Graduate Student Manuscript
  • 2015 Climanosco Launch Challenge: Manuscript took 2nd place overall in international competition.