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Biography

Acknowledging that research on climate change impacts often lacks integration across disciplines, I have aligned my research at the interface between climate and hydrological sciences since the early stages of my academic career. In 2015, following two years of post-doctoral experience at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), I moved to CAWR as an Assistant Professor in water and climate change. I have published 40 peer-reviewed articles in high-quality journals alongside world-leading experts. These publications have been presented at over 50 international conferences, and have received great attention, and growing interest, from the scientific community (Google Scholar H-index [i10] = 20 [24], including 6 citations in the IPCC-AR6). My research strongly focuses on Africa, where I have developed a strong network, reflecting my deepest aspirations and passion, over the years. Notably, my research has: i) furthered the understanding of large-scale climate mechanisms that enhance the predictability of multi-year hydroclimatic risks; ii) challenged existing strategies in modelling climate change and led to refashioning practices in climate model evaluation. My paper on the climate mechanisms driving decadal rainfall variability in southern Africa was awarded the 2016 Stanley Jackson Award (Best Contribution in Climate Sciences for Southern Africa). Recognizing my qualities, I have been invited to take an active role within the UNESCO IHP Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (FRIEND). I have been the honorary lead coordinator of the EURO-FRIEND project 3 on “Large Scale Variations in Hydrological Characteristics” since 2021. I have also both led and co-developed several research grants and PhD projects (totalling over £1M).

Research Interests

-          Decadal variability and predictability of regional hydroclimates and extreme events

-          Understanding of internal climate modes of variability (ENSO, NAO, AMO), and their predictability

-          Non-stationary behaviour of land-atmosphere interactions

-          Statistical Regional climate modelling (downscaling)

-          Evaluation of Ocean-Atmosphere coupled climate model simulations

-          Hydrological Modelling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, University of Birmingham

9 Sept 20179 Sept 2018

Honorary research Associate, University of Cape Town

1 Feb 201531 Dec 2019

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