I am a researcher working on issues of climate, water, hazards, and natural resources management. Wrapping up my Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in Tucson, I am majoring in Geography and minoring in Global Change. My mentor and advisor is Connie Woodhouse. My research appointment is with the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. I am affiliated with the Climate Assessment for the Southwest and the UA Institute of the Environment. My graduate studies are supported by a U.S. EPA STAR Fellowship. In August 2013, I will begin a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship. I'll be working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the Department of Geology and Geophysics under the supervision of Kevin Anchukaitis and Kristopher Karnauskas. In August 2014, I will move to the University of Minnesota to begin a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society
My work focuses on climate variability and climate change as top-down drivers of Earth’s water cycle and other biophysical systems. Paleoclimatology offers unique context for framing modern climate dynamics and anthropogenic climate change. My dissertation is focused on paleoclimatology of the North American monsoon and is part of a larger monsoon project. I have participated in other studies of North American drought, California hydroclimatology, and the survival of non-commercial old-growth forests.