I am currently a Voss Postdoctoral Research Associate and Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University working with Dr. Dan Ibarra. I grew up in Punjab, India, lying within the foothills of the Himalayas where I became enamoured by the world around us. I earned my Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. Before that I studied Earth System Science (B.S.) at the University of California, Irvine and spent 8 months at the University of Edinburgh.
My research primarly focuses on understanding mechanisms driving cycles of climate change in terrestrial environments. I am particularly interested in the interplay between floods and droughts in the present (1950s - Present), near-past (Quaternary), and future (circa 2100 CE) landscapes. I do so by analyzing traditional stable isotopes and trace element concentrations of stalagmites harvested from caves. The confidence in the interpretation of the geochemical trends of stalagmites (with age-uncertainties) is greater with a deeper understanding of the modern cave system. As such, I also monitor the physical and chemical parameters of cave systems to better understand what processes dictate the transfer of a climate signal to a chemical signal.
For my postdoctoral work at Brown, I will be investigating tropical droughts in the Philippines and its impacts on the people. I will use satellite and archived data of river dishcarge and rainfall amount. A multi-proxy approach will also be taken on new stalagmites retrieved from the archipelago. Stay tuned for updates!
RESEARCH AREAS: Extreme events (droughts and floods), terrestrial (paleo)climate, low-temp geochemistry, stalagmites, cave monitoring, quaternary climate change, statistical and time-series analysis.
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