I am a climate scientist specializing in large-scale climate dynamics. I have always been fascinated by the Earth’s climate and its changes, and in my work I hope to reveal its appeal through understanding how it works. I research both modern-day climate and paleoclimate questions, and with a focus on understanding mechanisms of rainfall changes.

Past climates motivate much of my research, as they provide compelling scenarios and valuable data on how the Earth system reorganizes in the face of climate forcings. The ultimate goal is to understand and predict how the global and regional climate changes in the wake of climate variations such as ENSO, and climate forcings such as greenhouse gas and orbital changes.

My current research interests include the role of orbital eccentricity in Earth’s seasonal climate, East Asian summer monsoon dynamics, and Western US rainfall. My research page has details of current and past research interests.

My teaching interests include climate dynamics and earth science, and the science and implications of global warming. In Fall 2024, I will be teaching a graduate seminar on ‘The Earth’s seasonal cycle’ (GEOG 257: Topics in Climatology).

I currently serve as an Editorial Board member for Science Advances. I previously served as co - Editor in Chief of the Journal of Climate (2015-2019).