I joined the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-AOS) in August 2011 and established the Atmospheric Energetics and Climate Research Group shortly thereafter. Today our group is a thriving blend of enthusiastic graduate students and talented researchers collectively seeking a better understanding of the key processes underlying our changing climate. This research lies at the intersection of satellite remote sensing and climate science, the central missions of two large research centers with which I am affiliated, the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Center for Climatic Research (CCR).
My pathway to UW-AOS began at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where I studied Physics obtaining my BSc in 1995 and MSc in 1997. I then moved to Fort Collins, Colorado and spend the next four years working on my PhD in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. I remained in Colorado, first as a post-doc and later a research scientist, for the following 10 years where I worked extensively on the CloudSat satellite mission and started building the foundations of our research group. In that time, I cultivated my interests in developing novel approaches for exploiting the wealth of information provided by satellite instrumentation for studying clouds and precipitation and their roles in the atmospheric energy and water budgets. Through state-of-the-art retrieval algorithms and creative approaches to data mining, I seek a better understanding of the key processes that drive the climate system and improved ways of modeling them.