About Me


I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Atmospheric Science / Climate Dynamics at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, in New York City. My research affiliation is the Division of Ocean and Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, located in Palisades, New York. My advisor is Dr. Mingfang Ting. I am currently a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth and Space Science Graduate Research Fellow (2015-2018). Before coming to the US, I completed my undergraduate studies double majoring in Environmental Science and Economics at Peking University in Beijing, China. I also hold a master's degree in Climate and Society from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

In my research, I use observational data, outputs from state-of-the-art global climate models, as well as idealized modeling experiments to examine the effects of human-induced changes on the climate system and the underlying physical mechanisms. My Ph.D. thesis work focuses on the response of the Asian monsoon system to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and changes in anthropogenic aerosol emissions. My research also involves analyzing the dynamics of natural climate variability and applying statistical methods to extract the externally forced signal from the chaotic climate "noise". Furthermore, I am interested in the fast-growing field of data science, particularly its application in the detection and prediction of climate extremes, as well as their physical drivers and climate impacts. Check out my research and journal publications!

Aside from my graduate student life crammed with code and papers, I am a fervid tennis (Go Federer!) and soccer fan. I like roadtrips, adventures, broadway shows, and great food. The photos at the top of the page were taken at the Morningside park near Columbia University main campus, the Oceanography building (where my office is) at Lamont, and the Weiming ("unnamed") Lake at Peking University. Also take a look at my collections of the US Open here in New York City and my skydiving experience on the Misc page!


Research Interests

Dynamics of climate variability and anthropogenic climate change, climate modeling, aerosol-climate interactions, monsoons, climate extremes, data science



09/2012-present: Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Ph.D. Atmospheric Science 05/2018 (expected)
M.Phil. Atmospheric Science 05/2017
M.A. Atmospheric Science 05/2015
M.A. Climate and Society 08/2013

09/2008-07/2012: Peking University, Beijing, China
B.S. Environmental Science 07/2012
B.A. Economics 07/2012