- Associate Professor
- Director, Climate Dynamics Program
PhD, Physical Oceanography, University of Cape Town
My research is focused on improving our understanding of the key processes determining Earth’s climate and climate variability on a variety of timescales ranging from seasonal, to decadal, to much longer geological scales. In particular, I am interested in the climatic role of ocean general circulation, ocean-atmosphere interaction and cloud dynamics.
My research efforts acknowledge that, to fully understand, model and predict changes in climate characteristics that have a large impact on society (especially temperature and precipitation patterns), a fully coupled ocean-atmosphere perspective is needed – one that accounts for changes in important variables such as the thermal structure of the slowly-adjusting ocean. Complementing observations with theory, I endeavor to accompany complex simulations of climate phenomena with simple models capturing the essential dynamics required to explain unanswered questions within climate science.
I received my PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Cape Town in 2010. From 2011 to 2014, I worked as a postdoctoral associate in the department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. I joined Mason as an assistant professor in January 2015.
- NSF CAREER AWARD - Understanding cloud feedback and natural aerosol fingerprints to interpret past warm climate forcing and constrain tropical climate sensitivity, 2019
- Teacher of Distinction Award - Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, George Mason University, 2019
- Dean’s Early Career Excellence Award – College of Science, George Mason University, 2018
- Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences - Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2017