Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
and Atmospheric, Oceanic, & Space Sciences

Fields of Study

Paleoclimate and Global Climate Change

Research Interests

My research interests include past and future climate change. I am particularly interested in what the past can reveal about how the climate system works, and how future climate change will impact the environment and people in developing countries.


I grew up in southwestern Montana in about the middle of nowhere. I attribute to this my fascination with the Earth Sciences and complete ignorance of popular culture. After graduating from Carleton College in Minnesota, I earned a PhD from the Pennsylvania State University with Dr. Eric Barron. Then followed a postdoc at the University of Chicago with Dr. Ray Pierrehumbert and a stint at the University of Southern California. I landed at the University of Michigan in 2003. I've not forgotten my roots, however. I return to Big Sky country every summer to teach at UM's Camp Davis near Jackson, WY. In addition to climate research and teaching, I enjoy spending time with my kids and wife, running, swimming, cooking, and just about any outdoor activity.

Courses Taught

A list of the undergraduate and graduate courses that I have taught can be found here.

Contact Information

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan
1100 North University Avenue
2534 C.C. Little Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005

Phone: 734-615-2236
Fax: 734-763-4690